“‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.’” (MATTHEW 13:3-9)
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks to a large crowd and teachs using a parable. A sower went out to sow and as he sowed the seed fell on the path, rocks, thorns and rich soil. I think of this as I reflect on the healing ministry of Jesus. At Avera, does some of our work seem to yield more fruit than other work? As each of us provides care, is this care falling on the path, rocks, thorns or rich soil? Does our care produce one hundred, sixty or thirtyfold?
I recently visited with an Avera cancer patient. The initial shock of being told you have cancer is always a huge challenge. Once this hurdle is cleared patients and families can start to focus on the treatment and healing. The patient shared that his pain was less and the tumor was responding to the treatment. I know the patient and family were grateful for the response to treatment and appreciated all the prayers and support.
The power of prayer provides for our patients and nourishes us on our journey. As I witness the healing ministry of Avera, I believe our ministry yields sixty and one hundredfold.
“To the world Avera may seem as one, but to one cancer patient Avera may seem the world.” – Author unknown
Dr. David Erickson
Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Avera