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Tender, Loving Care (TLC)

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 15: Tender, Loving, Care (TLC)

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When we get sick, there’s only one place where we want to go – at the hospital.

It is because we are assured of the presence of doctors, nurses, surgeons, and the availability of medications, laboratory facilities, and other equipment needed for our treatment.

But not all people are satisfied with their own hospital experience.

I want to make an exception.

Fairly recently, I was confined to the hospital twice. The first was ten days long, the second was 11 days long.

Within those days I was subjected to lots of medical procedures.

  • I underwent ultra-sound guided thorasynthesis, CT scan, several x-rays, a CTT tube was inserted into my body, and pleurodesis.
  • I was treated by many physicians who were specialists in their own fields.
  • I lost count of the number of nurses and attendants checking my vital signs and giving me my medications.

But I didn’t forget their tender, loving care (TLC) and positive attitudes. I was blessed to be confined in a Christian hospital because that’s the way I perceived their treatment towards me.

Even how utility personnel cleaned my room daily, or my food being delivered by kitchen attendants during mealtime, I can observe their courteous demeanor and respectful attitude.

The regular visits and prayers of the chaplains were very encouraging and inspiring.

The comforting presence of the members of the Board of Trustees was likewise commendable. One of them even volunteered to act as the guarantor if we lacked financial resources to pay the bill.

Lastly, what will be more reassuring than the personal visit of the hospital director himself who came and give me and Mam Martha his comforting words?

It was to him that I first shared my favorable impressions and experience.

Like me, he was happy to know that his hospital is a dispenser of TLC.

Posted on FB: 8 March 2015 – 7:56 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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Posted in Lessons Learned from Sickness, Trusting God

Don’t Ask “Why me?” Ask, What Will I Do?

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 13: Don’t Ask “Why me?” Ask, What Will I Do?

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I appreciate the outburst made by a close friend (a barangay captain or village leader) when he heard about my sickness.

He said: Why does it have to be Pastor? Why not druglords, addicts, hired killers, holduppers, swindlers, who just create problems and sow havoc to society?

I understand his sentiments but I hesitate to agree with him. It would be very presumptuous for me to think that I am exempted to have this sickness because I am a Pastor.

It is also wrong for me to ask God why it would be me and not others. I simply have no right to do that.

God is God, and he has every right to do his will.

I recognize that there are many things in life that we cannot understand, but we must trust God’s judgment and be guided by his hands.

So instead of asking, “why me?” I asked, “what will I do now Lord”?

And here I received new challenges and revelations daily.

Since I cannot do my previous functions because of my physical limitations, the Lord challenged me to explore doing new things – like writing these lessons in social media.

Many people favorably send me their feedback.

I also kept a list of prayer requests that I earnestly make intercessions during my prayer time.

I also read a lot of books because I have the time to do that.

Dearly beloved, let the direction of our lives be guided by God’s hands because he is our stronghold.

He knows what’s best for us. Have a blessed day everyone!

Posted on FB: 7 March 2015 – 12:55 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

Posted in Healing Sickness, Lessons Learned from Sickness, Loving Community

The Blessing of a Loving Community

Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 5: The Blessing of a Loving Community

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Look for true friends, loyal brothers and sisters in the faith who will not abandon you in your most trying times.

St. Paul was able to survive the most critical moments of his life and ministry by the empowering communities he established and nurtured in many places he served.

He was able to meet and know many people who became true friends, caring brethren, and loyal fellow servants of Christ.

And so when he was in prison, when he was sick, when his life was threatened, he was able to come out strong through the supportive presence and generosity of these friends, church people, and colleagues in the ministry.

I was greatly blessed by God to have experienced first hand what Paul had also gone through.

People I’ve known from past to present, from near and far, from familiar to intimate, made their loving presence known – when I was at my lowest moment!

They came to visit, to pray, to cry, to hug, to comfort, to inspire, to give their resources, to listen, to share their time, and to make me strong in their embrace.

They came to assure me – that I am not alone.

Dearly beloved, let me urge you to belong to such a loving and nurturing community.

Look for true friends, loyal brothers and sisters in the faith who will not abandon you in your most trying times.

I’m blessed by God because he has placed me in the warm embrace of this loving community of faith.

Posted on FB: 3 March 2015 – 2:53 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He, his wife, Martha and daughter, Ronamae have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny started writing his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.”

On 9 July 2015, Pastor Ronny rested his earthly life.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.

PHOTO CREDIT: Bar Fabelloa via Flickr Creative Commons License

Posted in Healing Sickness, Lessons Learned from Sickness

The Virtue of Patience

Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 3: The Virtue of Patience

Rev. Ronny Luces healing
Patience is the mother of all virtues

Psalm 30: 5 says, I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

In my long days of hospital confinement, I have plenty of time being still, waiting, praying, and accepting God’s will in my life. There the Lord taught me the virtue of patience.

Oftentimes we just want things to be hurried. We have zero tolerance for delays.

But as I observed how medicine is being administered – I find out that they do not act instantly or immediately.

For medicines to work, they must be taken religiously, after 4 hours, or every after meals, and with the right dosage.

You can’t just expect medicines to act right away. You must be patient in taking them, and you must be patient in waiting for its effect to come.

You must patiently give time for medicines to act in your body.

Is your patience being tried right now? Do you find it hard to keep still, wait, and accept life’s circumstances that come unexpectedly?

Learn to be patient for it has been said – its the mother of all virtues.

Posted on FB: 2 March 2015 – 11:35 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He, his wife, Martha and daughter, Ronamae have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny started writing his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.”

On 9 July 2015, Pastor Ronny rested his earthly life.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.

Posted in Healing Sickness, Lessons Learned from Sickness, Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 1: The Power of Prayer

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Pastor Ronny and wife, Martha fighting life’s battles through prayer.

Daily, the Lord revealed to me his miraculous ways, his protection, provision and preservation.

And all of these were his answers to the prayers of the faithful. This is the foundation or anchor upon which all my other learning and realization stands.

Prayers of individuals, prayer meeting groups, church congregations, auxiliary organizations, families, were heard by God and his answers unmistakably affirmed our conviction – he never forget us nor forsake us.

Because of the prayers of the faithful, a “big hole was created in heaven’s door” and the Lord Jesus looked at me with compassion and grace.

I can’t enumerate the number of times that God listened to our appeals coz’ they are too many to mention.

So let me urge you dearly beloved, let us not stop praying. There’ll always be something for us to pray and to ask God for his unmerited favors.

Did it occur to you that one of the reasons for my sickness is that we can unite ourselves in prayer? The Lord wanted us to be strong in our prayer lives.

It pleases him to see our hearts fully attuned to his will and desires.

Consequently, he will increase our generosity, give us more blessings, and strengthen our spirit of service so that many people in need will be reached out by our prayer life. God bless you!

Posted on FB: 2 March 2015 – 1:20 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He, his wife, Martha and daughter, Ronamae have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny started writing his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.”

On 9 July 2015, Pastor Ronny rested his earthly life.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.

PHOTO CREDIT: Atty. Gracious J. Espinosa