A Costly Mistake.........
O Lord, let me suffer anything rather than hurt others.
An intern's refusal to treat a 62 year old man was termed a "mistake" when the man died two days later. The deceased, refused admission to the hospital, was found dead in his bedroom, An autopsy showed the right side of his chest was filed with pus and the right lung was collapsed. The physician who performed the autopsy said the man would have died anyway but should have received treatment. Doctors and interns as a rule show great concern when a life is at stake. Many of them risk their own lives in order to save that of another.
This unfortunate exception can be a reminder to all of us that in some circumstance or other we may fail to show the proper attention to those who are broken in body or spirit. The best way to avoid making such mistakes is to adopt a positive and sympathetic policy of seeing Christ in everyone we meet. If we do, the Master will never say of us:
"For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat. I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you covered me not; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me... Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me." (Mathew 25:42-45).