Hospitals. For years I have managed to avoid them but yesterday on the third attempt I had my appointment in day surgery. For the first time in over two decades I had a procedure under General anaesthetic.
I have prostate issues and previous tests had shown suspicious marks which the doctor thought may be cancer. But by yesterday’s investigative surgery they had all disappeared! A real answer to many prayers.
There were two men in with me, each younger, having operations for kidney stones. And a chap with serious back and hip problems. Hospitals make you realise how many people have illness they try to cope with on a daily basis.
Because of my prostate I have to self-cathetise. But living in this country that is quite feasible and free on the NHS. If I lived in many countries it would be possible that I would be dead by now because of the lack of basic health care for conditions such as mine.
For many persecuted Christians around the world poverty is often reinforced by discrimination. It can be more difficult to get access to government health facilities or you can be turned away completely. This has happened to victims of violence in India for example.
In closing, I am grateful to God for my healing and for the NHS. And let’s remember those who suffer so much from poverty, discrimination and loss that we find hard to imagine.