Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
After establishing a sound theological understanding of pastoral visitation, the authors examine the theological and ethical homework that the pastor must do as preparation for effectively doing hospital ministry. Concluding chapters deal with the patient's needs, the pastor's spiritual resources, the pastoral visit, and continued pastoral care after hospitalization.
Key Benefits: Helps pastors understand the hospital context/culture; Helps pastors deal with defense mechanisms of patients; Helps pastors recognize the healing functions of guiding, healing, and substaining; Helps pastors identify and utilize local resources within the hospital; Explains appropriate use of spiritual resources such as prayer, confession, and communion in the hospital sick room; Helps pastors and leaders to look inward at personal anxiety in the midst of illness