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January 8th, 2010

Thankfulness

Praise flows to you O Lord

As the rivers hurry to the seas

Continual, perpetual gurgling motion

Tumbling thrilling rock and greisen

Swelling flood and icy floe

White laced rapids and eddies go

At this sodden passage

Earth sidelined applauds

The rushing echo of its spray

May the measured mileage of all my days

Be to you eternal praise

January 5th, 2010

Let it snow!

Snow or rather a smattering of it, has finally arrived in Manali. It has been cold enough here, but the initial snow was wet and heavy. We do hope it will be a good season this year.

December 17th, 2009

Merry Christmas all

Christmas is in the air. The hospital has been decorated with lights and buntings festoon the ward. The staff will be starting their winter vacation soon and it is time to wind down and breathe a sigh of thankfulness for a full year. The staff has been unified in their service and I constantly thank God for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team. Our Annual day program, on the 12th, showcased the wonderful talent of all of our staff. We thank God for His constant presence, His protection, and His leading.

I would like to share three things about Christmas from the familiar Christmas story:

1. Christmas, though long awaited, was unexpected. The arrival of Jesus was a surprise to sleepy Bethlehem. Gods work is characteristically unexpected. He turns up in places and situations that surprise us. May we always be ready for His appearance.

2. Christmas demanded a choice. Mary chose to be a handmaiden. Gods work demands a choice on our part, one which we can make freely.

3. Christmas was seen by those who had the eyes of faith. All of Bethlehem and the jealous eyes of Herod missed Jesus even though Herod used the entire government machinery to search for the child. Yet, he was seen by humble shepherds and by the three kings. Christmas is seen by those who believe because they looked for him

May we be open to His work in and around us this Christmas.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. We look forward to 2010, our Jubilee year, marking 75 years of service as a hospital.

 

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December 12th, 2009

Annual day a huge success

The Annual day 2009 was a huge success. The staff displayed their wide ranging talent, with songs, skits, dances. A wonderful time was had by all.

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December 7th, 2009

The arrival of the unexpected

In the days of king Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem. The arrival of Christmas was unexpected. God is full of surprises. His orchestration is ever beyond the calculated probabilities that we work with. The Christmas message is one of universal unexpected joy in the middle of the schemes and wiles of men. It always culminates in the worship of the Son.

May the joy of Christmas be yours this season.

December 1st, 2009

The origin of homicide

Reading from Genesis 4: The origin of murder. Cain was furious and downcast because his offering was not accepted. The Bible says that God questioned his emotions. We assume our emotions, flighty as they are not the keys to profound life principles. However, the warning that “sin crouches at the door” brings the anticipation of evil as a consequence of wrong emotions. We are taught not to depend on our emotions, and often discard them as a willow the wisp wingers of evanescent feelings. However, the correlation between these tangible feelings and the state of our heart is too real to ignore. Cain was furious, and downcast. Be angry, the Bible says, but do not sin, and do not let the sun go down on your anger. It is an inescapable fact that all have at some point felt the hot glow of anger. The KJV uses the words glow with anger in this translation. A consequence of unrequited anger is often discouragement and depression. Anger, most often is a wrong emotion, since its seat is in unrequited expectation. Cain had no right to expect God to accept his sacrifice on Cains terms. But that is what he was expecting. Our sacrifices will be acceptable to God on His terms. The rebellion of Cain did not stop at this. It went on to produce anger and depression, even as his plants produced fruits and leaves. When we feel these emotions, a sobering question should by “Why”. If rightly examined, the answer could lead us out of this ravine that leads to disaster. The basis of God’s acceptance on us will always have to be on His terms, not on ours. And as sure as clouds lead to rain, un requited unwarranted emotion exposes the rabid hound of sin, straining at the leash of our door. Its desire will always be to destroy and consume us. Yet, we hold the key to its mastery.

When have we been angry or depressed? For some, these emotions are the fabric of life. It is time to examine these emotions, and ask ourselves that loaded question – Why? Perhaps it will unravel the warped weave of twisted logic that leads invariably to disaster and yield up the key to shutting out the lurking fiends that strain to consume us.

November 22nd, 2009

Pictures of ENT Camp

Over five hundred patients were seen and eleven major surgeries performed. This is an indication of the extent and the need for ent intervention in this region. People have just accepted their disability and live with their handicap, because the logistics of obtaining care are beyond their reach. DSC00802 DSC00805 DSC00807 DSC00823

November 20th, 2009

ENT Camp in Manali

The ENT camp in manali has started out with a bang, with over two hundred patients being seen the first day. Dr. George Ani and Dr. Anshul are the consultant surgeons. The team performed the first tympanoplasty ever to be done in manali yesterday with great success. We thank God for this provision.

November 14th, 2009

Touch the mountains and they smoke

The Psalms comes to life looking out of our windows, as we see the clouds descend and envelop the mountains. Indeed it is as if the mountains are smoking with wisps of constantly changing cloud haloing their peaks. A constant reminder of His presence.

 

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August 31st, 2009

Apple blossoms

Apple season in the valley. This year the crop has not been very good. However, the rains are on now, and the last of the apples still festoon the trees.

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