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Allelu - Nobody wears a white coat any more...
...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
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Sirach is one of the books of the Apocrypha - not accepted as canon by Protestant readers. Too bad. This passage has always been one of my favourites.

1: Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him;
2: for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.
3: The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired.
4: The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.
5: Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?
6: And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
7: By them he heals and takes away pain;
8: the pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
9: My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
10: Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.
11: Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.
12: And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
13: There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
14: for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
15: He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician.

The other translation I have marks verse 15 as "He who sins before his Maker will be defiant toward the physician", which is a little cooler. But my favourite part:

"There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians, for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life."

If I ever forget that - if I ever start believing that I have succeeded in life and at my art by any power other than the grace and the gift of God - someone, anyone, remind me. For I can do all things through the power of God - but without it, I am empty, hollow, nothing.

now feeling:: grateful grateful

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