By: Rick Boxx
February 17, 2012
Recently I read in The Wall Street Journal that hospital chaplains are being added to medical teams and their influence is rising in medical schools. The article claims that studies show that chaplain visits can result in less patient anxiety, shorter hospital stays and higher satisfaction.
Studies also indicate that 40% of patients with serious illnesses struggle with spiritual concerns, which can harm emotional and physical well-being.
James 5:14 teaches, “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.”
The next time you meet a hospital chaplain, thank them for their role in ministering to the sick.
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