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These devotions are targeted specifically for you, the healthcare professional, and the challenges unique to you that you face on a day-to-day basis. You can sign-up here to receive these devotions through a weekly email or you can come back to this page to read the weekly devotion online. We hope you are encouraged and inspired by them, and that you can gain insight and wisdom from others who have gone through the same challenges that you face in the healthcare industry today.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5, KJV).

No Insulin

By Al Weir, MD | June 28, 2022

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

CMDA Western Regional Director Michael McLaughlin recently attended the CMDA National Convention, where he was to be honored for his decades of service. Two nights before the ceremony he found himself in the hospital with a severe enterocolitis. During that stay a nurse entered his room and said, “I’m here to give you your insulin.” Michael answered, “You are not, because I do not take insulin.” “What’s your name?” came her response. He told her, and she realized she was about to inject the wrong patient. When Michael shared the story, he told me, “You know, many patients would not even know to speak up.”

Father’s Day

By Al Weir, MD | June 21, 2022

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20, NIV).

I had just sat down in church for our Father’s Day service when I received a phone call from a name I did not recognize. When I answered, a woman spoke, “Do you know _____?” I did. He had once been a patient of mine, but I had referred him out for a clinical trial and not cared for him over the last year. “My father is in trouble. I think he is dying, and I can’t get his doctor. I found your name and phone number in his billfold. Can you help me?” I left church, visited their home and did what I could to help. Made it back to church in time to take Communion.

Too Deep

By Al Weir, MD | June 14, 2022

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NIV).

I received this text early last week. “Dr. ____, Can I come see you today? I’m throwing up and my stomach hurts. And my brother just shot himself in front of me.”

Prayer List

By Al Weir, MD | June 7, 2022

“With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18b, NIV).

I’m not sure how God places people on my prayer list. Often, I pray for those whom I have not seen or heard speak in a very long time and come near to dropping them from my list; then, God shows them up again. Last week one such Christian doctor called me after five years of absence to ask advice about a medical case. Another, whom I had not seen in 12 years, responded to a devotion I had written for CMDA—and then a third. I don’t believe these three reconnections, crossing to me on a bridge of prayer, were a coincidence.

Regrets

By Al Weir, MD | May 31, 2022

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22, NIV).

He is a sharp, talented colleague with whom I work. His son had been suffering with pain for four years. Neither chiropractor nor medical doctors had come up with a solution. Now the truth is out, and the tumor has been removed. He sat in my office talking in circular ways about the long, drawn-out process he and his son had endured to reach the conclusion that finally made his son whole. He talked about the system and the doctors and his frustration at it all. He didn’t talk about the one thing he came to tell me. As he was leaving, I asked him, “Do you feel guilty that you didn’t help him earlier?” “Yes!!!” he answered.

Temptation

By Al Weir, MD | May 24, 2022

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV).

Celiac Disease is a fascinating disorder caused by transglutaminase antibodies triggered by glutens in wheat and other grains. It presents in a variety of ways, from severe immediate reactions, to chronic autoimmune symptoms, to even an asymptomatic state. As an oncologist I knew little about celiac disease until my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Italy, where I learned to love pasta. Shortly thereafter I developed minor lower extremity edema. I was evaluated and found to be iron, B12 and Vitamin D deficient with minor anemia. Sure enough, it was celiac disease. I had been born with it, and it was just now waking up. No big deal, just quit eating wonderful food, and it all goes away. It’s hard to be good. Today one of my oncology fellows brought me a peace offering because he thought he had disrespected me, though he had not. It was a box of the most incredible donuts. I knew better. I counted the cost, and I ate half of the most wonderful coconut-coated donuts I had ever tasted, at least since my diagnosis. It was impossible for me to refuse.

Stones in the River

By Al Weir, MD | May 17, 2022

“…In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:7, NIV).

It’s been a while, but this weekend I remembered. I shared it with my son and his two kids. We were young then with two small children, missionaries in Nigeria, headed home for a medical evaluation. As we signed in at the Lagos departure gate, dreading the next 18 hours on planes, a Nigerian boy stepped out from the shadows and offered, “I can get first class tickets for your family.” I asked how much and handed him the $10 he suggested. Knowing the scam but liking the young man, I watched him melt away into the crowd. When we reached the line to board our plane, we discovered that our tickets had been changed to first class seats. We were amazed and incredibly grateful, thanking God for His recent angel. The only complaint came from our 6-year-old daughter who thought the caviar was nasty.

Mother’s Day

By Al Weir, MD | May 10, 2022

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV).

I would only see him once since he was moving to his daughter’s home in another town. His wife had died, and he had just discovered his cancer. I evaluated him thoroughly and gave him hope that he might have several years to live. As he was about to leave, I asked if I might pray with him. He was happy to do so. As he was leaving, he said to me, “Thank you for the prayer.” Then he added, “Do you know what prayer does?” I answered briefly with my understanding of prayer. He ignored my reply as if he didn’t hear it and said, “Prayer takes hope and turns it into faith.”

Faith or Hope?

By Al Weir, MD | May 3, 2022

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV).

I would only see him once since he was moving to his daughter’s home in another town. His wife had died, and he had just discovered his cancer. I evaluated him thoroughly and gave him hope that he might have several years to live. As he was about to leave, I asked if I might pray with him. He was happy to do so. As he was leaving, he said to me, “Thank you for the prayer.” Then he added, “Do you know what prayer does?” I answered briefly with my understanding of prayer. He ignored my reply as if he didn’t hear it and said, “Prayer takes hope and turns it into faith.”

The Mustard Seed

By Al Weir, MD | April 26, 2022

“And He said, ‘How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground’” (Mark 4:30-31, HCSB).

I am presently in another state catching up at a medical educational conference. As I walked through the airport and now sit among so many people from so many places, listening to their conversations and concerns, I am struck by an overwhelming sense that winning the world for Christ is impossible, that few people are really that interested, some are hostile, and I am such a small person amid so many who care so little. Is it really worth the effort?

Too Late

By Al Weir, MD | April 19, 2022

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:43, NIV).

My phone awakened me from a pretty wonderful sleep last night.
“Doctor, I had an appointment at 10:30. I’m sorry I didn’t make it. My stomach was sick.”
I looked at my watch, 1:30 a.m.
“It’s still nighttime.”
“It’s still nighttime?”
“Yes,” I said. “You can still come today. You haven’t missed it yet.”

Wonderfully Made

By Al Weir, MD | April 12, 2022

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV).

Last Thursday I was rounding with my fellows outside the room of a patient with advanced lung cancer. We began a discussion of checkpoint inhibitors. “We were created with an amazing immune balance,” I said. “Just enough activity to fight off foreign threats to our bodies, with just enough inhibition to prevent our immune system from attacking ourselves. Our bodies are designed to stop an over-active immune process at ‘checkpoints.’ We now have drugs that can inhibit those checkpoints and turn up our immune systems against our cancers.”