Monday, January 25, 2010

Thinking of Job

One of the organizations I found out that I will be travelling to the Dominican Republic with tomorrow is called Children of the Nations which provides "holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children." Being Jewish but with lots of exposure to Christian traditions I thought nothing of it when I first realized I would be under their auspices. Later in the day I received a priority packing list from them. This includes the desperately needed medical supplies (from "general anesthesia machines" to bedpans). But it also includes a short list called "Personal Protection" which goes as follows:

"gloves, goggles, masks, scrubs, hand sanitizer, bug spray, sun screen, headlamp, Bible"

This got me to thinking about all the ways the Bible could be part of my personal protection and of course I began to think of the story of Job. And all the other tales of suffering in the scriptures. Phrases like "theology of suffering" and "the meek shall inherit the earth" and "but for the grace of G-d go I" are flooding my thoughts.

Six am flight tomorrow morning. I am packing my Harriet Lane Handbook of pediatric care, the "bible" we all depended on as residents.

1 comment:

  1. I can hardly wait for your return so I can hear about your trip. I'm eager to learn more about "Children of the Nations." I wish you all the best on your journey. I just know you will make a difference in the lives of hurting people. Good for you for having the courage to do what you are doing. May God bless you in your endeavours.