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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).

Christmas in the Middle of a Mess December 12, 2018

A Roma Christmas

By Al Weir, MD | January 11, 2022

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son…” (Luke 2:6, NIV).

On Wednesday morning, one week before Christmas, we visited the Roma camp on the outskirts of Tirana. Hundreds of yards of tents, stacked against each other, with a solitary public bathroom around which the tents were woven. Dr. Kaci had brought us there to initiate a dental ministry with plans to bus families to a private Christian dentist office in town. They were still asleep after a late night of begging in the city. The younger children slipped out first and later a mother or two. I look back and realize that this encampment was more like the world Jesus entered than my own world of bright lights and happy families.

Whatever It Takes

By Al Weir, MD | January 4, 2022

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones, ‘I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life’” (Ezekiel 37:5, NIV).

One of my patients died recently from lung cancer. Today his sister-in-law told me a story. “You don’t know this, but our two sons had not talked to each other for five years. It was breaking our hearts.” (During those years both sons had been through personal crises: one with his wife’s health and the other with an unfair incarceration.) “When my brother-in-law died, my son Matthew, who had not been home for five years, decided to come to the funeral. He and his uncle had been very close. When he told me he was coming, I asked him, ‘Please meet with your brother at least once when you are in town.’ He agreed to do so, and what a blessing; they discovered that each had changed in their years apart. In fact, James has just now returned from a four-day vacation to visit Matthew. He sent phone pictures showing them with their arms around each other.”

Compelled

By Al Weir, MD | December 28, 2021

“When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:5, NKJV).

The examining room was crowded with a fellow, two medical students, a wife and a husband with new cancer when I walked in. The outlook was difficult, and I was honest with the patient I had just met. “I’m a man of faith, and I won’t let my faith go,” he said. “I believe God is going to heal me.” “I certainly hope you are right,” I responded, “God has the power to do great things.” I then felt compelled, “Would you like for me to pray with you right now about this?” I looked at one of the students who appeared very discomforted by my question. I spoke to him as I placed my hand on my patient’s shoulder. “You don’t have to take part in this.” And then I prayed.

His Presence in Darkness

By Al Weir, MD | December 21, 2021

“…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19, ESV).

My patient was in her 80s and medically stable, but her countenance troubled me. Upon checking in on her again, she burst into tears, confessing she was terrified to die. Her daughter sat at her bedside and tried reassuring her mother. I asked them if I could pray with them, and they agreed. I praised God for the Physician of physicians and proclaimed the gospel in prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. My patient didn’t have a church home and asked me to call the chaplain so she could also speak with him. Before I left, I gave her a wooden cross a professor had given me and told her to pray when the fear and darkness crept back because, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, ESV). The next day during rounds, the attending, the intern and myself—a medical student—saw the patient together. As the attending wrapped up the medical conversation, the patient’s daughter thanked me for praying with them the day before and exclaimed, “Guess who got baptized yesterday!” I looked at my patient; she was beaming. I praised Jesus and gave her a hug, welcoming a new sister into the family. Looking back on that moment, I marvel at God’s work: He proclaimed Himself through a redeemed sinner, in the darkness, amid many witnesses. “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3, ESV).

5 a.m.

By Al Weir, MD | December 14, 2021

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20, NIV).

For three days during my 5 a.m. morning run, I felt the Lord nudging me to contact two dear physician colleagues with whom I had served in Albania. They had moved to Washington state. As I prayed for them the last few mornings, I felt the strong need to call them. It was too early at the time. My hectic days had erased the need, and I had not. This morning, as I had just arrived at work, I received a text from the husband of the two. “The Lord placed you in my dream last night. In my dream you were kind and you ministered to me. Just as in ‘real life.’ …. In my dream you were in the midst of a busy clinic, but you stopped long enough in my office to set down your things and minister to me. I imagine that dream may look a little like your day. May you feel His presence in the midst of your day, whatever that may hold.” I called him and prayed with him immediately. He asked me how he could pray for me. I said, “Just to help me be more faithful in my witness.” It was now 5 a.m. his time. At 10 a.m. this morning, I was able to pray openly with a patient while two medical students, seeking to learn medicine, leaned against the walls.

Thin Ice

By Al Weir, MD | December 7, 2021

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people…” (Acts 2:44-47, NIV).

Six children, five at home, and a husband with advanced cancer for the last year, perhaps for not much longer. She has the sweetest disposition and the utmost peace I have ever witnessed in such trying circumstances. I caught her in the hall and asked her how she was doing in the struggle. “I’m fine,” she said. “I’ve got a great support group.” Then she added, “I don’t know how people without the church make it through things like this.”

Divided

By Al Weir, MD | November 30, 2021

“So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth…That is why it was called Babel…” (Genesis 11:8-9, NIV).

This was his first trip back to the clinic after COVID-19 had thrown him into the hospital. He is patient, friend, African American and follower of Christ.

Working Hard, Making Beauty

By Al Weir, MD | November 23, 2021

“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it’…And it was so” (Genesis 1:11, NIV).

I got my work week finished by noon Saturday, and then it was my wife Becky’s turn. We drove to a garden store because she wanted a water plant for our backyard. The water-flower section was closed on weekends, so we wandered through the other floral opportunities. I know nothing about flowers, but my wife listened when I said, “I like that one.” We came home with four beautiful plants to place in our backyard. I had chosen three striking Cyclamen: one royal red, one white and one violet with white edges. Becky added one coral Begonia. Two other Begonias and four Autumn Ferns were waiting to join them in the back corner of our yard. Becky showed me where she wanted them placed. “Go for it,” she said. The ground was covered with tiny roots everywhere. My back felt the work. I finished with a good sweat and declared, “It was good.” She then offered me the planting of 18 Pansies around a tree in the front yard. Thank God the dirt was soft, and I could do it with a hand trowel. Lots of good fishing worms came up with the planting, but I know little about fishing.

The End Game

By Al Weir, MD | November 16, 2021

“He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give to water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children’” (Revelation 21:6-7, NIV).

He was tall and thin and crammed with complex medical issues when he walked into my office supported by a cane. I greeted him and asked how he was doing.

Civility February 14, 2019

The Handoff

By Al Weir, MD | November 9, 2021

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites’” (Joshua 1:1-2, NIV).

Edvin and Bona Selmani are friends of mine, more like brother and sister. They are both physicians in Albania, and we have known them for many years. For more than 25 years I and many American Christian healthcare professionals have been committed to educational evangelism in Albania with a ministry called Albanian Health Fund (AHF), a close partner to CMDA’s Medical Education International. The Selmanis were very young when we started. They matured in their faith through their local churches and the Christian student ministry, where they were leaders. They spent months in my home, with Edvin sharpening his skills in orthopedic surgery and Bona in transfusion medicine. Edvin is now a highly respected orthopedic surgeon and faculty member of the Medical University in Tirana. This year Bona became the leader of MDKSH, Albania’s version of CMDA for physicians. This year Edvin has become the first Albanian to lead AHF as president.

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The Call

By Al Weir, MD | November 2, 2021

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him” (Mark 3:13, NIV).

Dr. Ledia Qatipi is a friend of mine. She was born in Albania and has dedicated her life to God’s service in a Christian healthcare clinic there. She is raising two teenage daughters whom she loves dearly, and thus she understands the realities of life. A few months ago, she told me that God had spoken to her and asked her to begin an additional ministry to the Roma of Tirana, most of whom live in open, three-sided shelters and beg for a living. The call was real, and God is blessing the ministry she has begun—on the side, as she works in her clinic and raises her daughters.

A Plaid Santa

By Al Weir, MD | October 26, 2021

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4, NIV).

I was driving home from work, on call for Labor Day. Traffic was light. He stood there on the corner of a major intersection with a big sign that could be read by those passing by. He was a big man, with a big belly and a bushy white beard, plaid shirt with blue jeans held up by suspenders…could have been Santa Claus, had he dressed in red. His signs read: “Jesus promises life after death, even if from a virus. Don’t be afraid. By the way, when is the last time you read Isaiah 53?”