Devotions and Breakfast

It is Christmas Day 2013, 0430 in the morning.  I am still jet lagged!

The beginning of each day in the San Lorenzo surgical clinic was routine.  I got up early, went to the OR and set up the anesthesia medications and equipment for the day.  Dr Jane Weaver would meet me in the operating room as she set up her computer and prepared for the administrative "work" of a mission surgeon.  Eventually the eight of us would end up at the breakfast table; breakfast would be cooking on the stove or in serving dishes on the table.  

Bibles were distributed, the morning Bible passage for the day was read, Jane would read the morning devotional, the rest of the crew would sit patiently while she translated the devotional to me in English, one of the staff would then say a prayer and finally we would eat...not.  The last event of the morning devotions was a song.  One day the song was "Navidad'" sung to the tune of Jingle Bells.  It is a great way to start the day.

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As I reflect on the decades I have spent in the operating room and the rancorous and sometimes degrading environment it can become, I am struck by the belief that if this morning routine was practiced in more medical facilities around the world and especially in the United States, our operating theaters would be kinder, more pleasant and more relaxed, creating a positive environment where excellence in medicine would flourish.

Feliz Navidad!