Here is a rough translation of a story I just read.
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called … to emergency surgery. He answered the call as soon as possible, changed clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father going and coming in the hall waiting for the doctor. After seeing him, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Did not know that my son’s life is in danger …? Have you no sense of responsibility?”
The doctor said: “Sorry, I was not in the hospital and I came as fast as I could after receiving the call …… And now, I would like you to calm down so I can do my job.
“I calm down? What if it were your child in the ER right now, would you be calm?” Said the angry father
The doctor replied: ” Doctors can only do so much to prolong life. Go and intercede for your son, we will do everything possible by the grace of God ”
“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out saying,
“Thank God! Your son is saved! If you have any questions, ask the nurse!”, and the doctor rushes away.
The father asked the nurse “Why is he so arrogant? Could he not wait a few more minutes to tell me more about the status of my son?”
The nurse answers with tears running down her face,
“The doctor’s son died yesterday in a road accident, and the doctor was at the cemetery when you came in
And now he has saved the life of your child, let him go and finish the burial of his child.”
Sometimes we have to judge, but we must be really careful with our judgements, and as loving as possible with them.
Everyone has their own personal battles that they are facing, and none of us are perfect. Judge when you MUST, but do it with every bit of love, and patience you can muster.