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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).

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.”

More than Myself

By Al Weir, MD | April 5, 2022

“All the Israelites did just what the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron. On that very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions” (Exodus 12:50-51, NIV).

Most Monday mornings I receive a text from a physician friend at work, “Can you meet and pray today?” We gather with one or two other Christian physicians for about 30 minutes, talking about raising kids, personal witness, good fun and heartaches. We are a body of believers who leave that room stronger than when we entered, stronger together than any of us could be alone.

A Request

By Al Weir, MD | March 29, 2022

“They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request, ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus’” (John 12:21, NIV).

I went to visit a friend yesterday because he had lost his son to a drug overdose. He shared with me how he had come to know Christ. He had moved here from his country when he was 18 and had become successful. He married, had children and joined a local Baptist church, but he was not a follower of Christ. He cared very much for a son who had severe mental health issues. In his neighborhood lived another man, a Christian man with a severely disabled son who had to be carried wherever he went. My friend noted the loving care this man gave his son every time the son and he were together. One day that man greeted my friend at his front door and asked, “What can I do for you?” My friend answered, “I want you to witness to me.”

Thank You Cards

By Al Weir, MD | March 22, 2022

“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown” (Mark 4:20, NIV).

I received a thank you card from a grateful patient today, as all of us do from time to time. This one was special. It began, “Moments. They are what make up a life. 30 years of life with my husband—raising our sons and serving the Lord together….” She then proceeded to trace the vital events in those 30 years when I had been caring for her, moments of joy and moments of crisis. She ended with, “A life full of moments, God moments, life and love moments, that I never would have had if you had not been there, letting the Lord use you to heal me.”

Habits of Life

By Al Weir, MD | March 15, 2022

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV).

I was in the middle of my day, caring for patients, when Becky called and told me our daughter wanted us to watch her kids last night. I call them my “grumpkins,” and they bring more value and joy into my life than any other blessing. But, going home from a long workday to manage them instead of relaxing to let that workday flow off my tightly banded head would be an emotional hurdle. So, I was not as excited as I should have been when we drove to pick them up. The evening ended up with me on the couch, the youngest on my right and the next youngest on my left, each wanting me to squeeze them tightly when the suspense in their children’s movie increased, each hugging me with love as I left their home, all four having blessed me with a moment of joy and value I would have missed had I followed my emotions and stayed home.

Swimming Upstream

By Al Weir, MD | March 8, 2022

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12, NIV).

She is a wonderful young medical colleague in a distant country. Eight years ago, she attended a weekend medical conference led by foreign Christians and found Christ as her Savior. Over those eight years, she became a devoted leader of the Christian medical ministry. Now she is coming to the end of her required national service and must take next steps. I pray for her daily, that she may find additional medical training in an area she loves, that her family may find Christ and that she may be blessed with a Christian husband in a land where there are few.

Multiplied

By Al Weir, MD | March 1, 2022

“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown” (Mark 4:20, NIV).

Donella became a Christian at the age of 13 when a missionary came to her village. She persisted in her faith without church or family support until she entered medical school, remaining an isolated Christian there until she came to our medical education mission conference in her fifth year of training. She immediately became a leader in the Christian student group and remained so until she completed her residency and moved to her hometown as an allergist. From her professional practice she directed two of her patients to the Christian student group when they entered medical school. Neither was a Christian when she connected them to the group. Both have accepted Christ, both have become Christian leaders and others are coming to Christ through them.