CAN’T WE JUST TONE DOWN THE NOISE? As a former Pastor of a number of different churches in a number of different States in the U.S. I found myself quite often in hospital Intensive Care Units to visit people in serious medical conditions. For the most part these areas seemed to be very quiet, sterile, solemn, and serious except when actually caring for arriving people in serious need. That has not been my experience this week in the ICU of a local hospital ministering to my family. I am not questioning the quality of the medical care being received by patients nor the dedication and expertise of the people giving care to the patients. Undoubtedly these things should be at the highest level ever experienced in our society.
But I must say I was surprised by the number of non-patient people passing through the doors of the ICU. And I was surprised by the noise generated by the medical staff, patient visitors, cleaning crews, and whoever the remainder of those crowds of people was who passed in and out of ICU. Maybe our society has just become much noisier. Or maybe patients are believed to be oblivious to these circumstances. Or maybe I am just getting old. I am however thankful for the Staff with their sense of humor, timing and sensitivity to the situation. And I am thankful for the medical personnel who take the time to explain each step of patient care that is being given. That did not used to be the case. And please don’t drop me notes of criticism; my son-in-law is a physician and our mission organization is dedicated to medical care and we love the doctors we minister with.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” (James 1:17 NIV). I am thankful for the gift of Intensive Care Units and the people who minister there. Yes it is a ministry and not just a job. And God has provided the gifted people to help us and the hospital units to provide space and equipment to care for us. But can’t we just tone down the noise? Or am I just getting old?