Medicine and religion: Should doctors pray with patients or take spirituality into account?
"It's not my job to get somebody to make certain decisions," Pool says. "All I can do is live a life that makes it appealing to somebody and then share it with them. If I share and they say, 'I'm not interested,' I say no problem and move on. But seeds can be sown that you never see the fruit of."
A success story
Smith's operation was a success. Six weeks later, Pool meets with him one last time.
"You're doing extremely well," Pool says. "I'm going to fade away now. You don't have to come back and see me."
"I'd be 6 feet under if it wasn't for you," Smith says.
Pool dismisses the thought. "I'd like to say a prayer with you," he says.
Smith bows his head and closes his eyes.
"Lord," Pool begins, "thank you for getting Mr. Smith out of the hospital and getting him home. We ask that you continue that process of healing and give him a spring in his step once again. In Jesus' name we pray."
Smith is upbeat. He believes the gesture will help him get better. And in the end, that might be the most important thing of all.
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