Short story 3 Lent Yr C

Short story for 3 Lent, Yr C

 Lars was a successful and highly respected sea captain. He was a well-seasoned sailor, who never panicked in troubled waters. He loved the beauty of the oceans and had travelled around the world several times.

   However time began to have its way with Lars. So he had a long overdue check-up with his doctor friend. A week later, the clinic receptionist called Lars and told him the doctor needed him to come in and discuss something.

   Now Lars began to worry, and pray, as he was a man of faith and was as involved in his local congregation as much as he could be when he was home. While away on trips, he would also make an effort to attend worship services.

   When he met with his doctor friend, Lars was told that he had cancer. The doctor advised him to go for surgery as soon as possible, and after the surgery to have radiation treatments. Lars agreed, and the first thing he did was to inform his pastor, and asked to be included in the congregation’s prayers.

   After the surgery and during the radiation treatments, Lars was hopeful and in good spirits, thanks to the care and skill of his doctor and the other healthcare team, along with the prayers of his congregation. Most of all, Lars was grateful to God for giving him another chance to live.

   Today, Jesus tells a parable of an unproductive fig tree. The gardener succeeds in convincing the vineyard owner to give the tree another chance: ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.’ [Lk 13:8]

   Thank God that he gives us another chance! How many other chances have you had? God is a God of another chance.

About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: gwh photos:

3 Responses to Short story 3 Lent Yr C

  1. Kirby Olson says:

    Do you think that universal healthcare works well in Canada? How much does such a course of treatment cost? I think the cure is attributable to the surgery not the prayer in the story, and yet you attribute it to both. Would one have worked without the other? Was one a kind of insurance? We don’t have universal healthcare here in America. Obama has tried to force it on us, but it’s almost bankrupting the nation and sending our debt into the 17 trillion range. Lars was just a poor ship’s captain. Is he really worth this kind of investment? I don’t mean in Christian terms, but in dollar terms. Did the amount he put into the system equal the amount he’s taking out of it? He was a regular member of his congregation. So I suppose his investment there is paying out. What about his family? what kind of cancer did he have? Did they have to scoop out half of his brain? I was just wondering.

  2. dimlamp says:

    And you’ll have to keep wondering, since I don’t have the wisdom, statistics, etc. to answer most of your questions. Keep in mind that the story is fiction and the purpose for writing it was not to answer such questions as you raise – rather, to underscore God’s healing presence and the faith response of gratitude for another chance at life.

  3. Kirby Olson says:

    It worked well! I felt that gratitude by proxy.

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