Lew Phelps

Lew Phelps

In a recent accident (that is only supposed to happen to other people), I found myself having to go to the hospital every day for the last seven weeks. In an awkward fall, I looked down and found that my right leg had broken through the skin badly. It didn’t take much to realized that I had to put my trust completely in other people’s hands. People that I didn’t know here in my own town would soon become very familiar faces and friends. Now I write this article in true appreciation for this home we all call Pocatello.

Being in a place where I visit often as a pastor sure does look different from a patient’s point of view. There are so many faces. Some happy and some sad. So many experiences on one floor with new life. While on the other floors some lives have ended. Then there is the staff of strangers that you get to know. From my incredibly gifted surgeon, Dr. Jeffery Bray, and the vast variety of nurses. From the front office to radiology, I was treated with respect and great care. When I got an ultrasound, I asked the sweet technician rather it was a girl or a boy, but she laughed and said she wasn’t allowed to say.

But the IV Therapy nurses get the prize! After spending seven days a week for the last seven weeks in their offices, my wife, Jenny, and I have gotten to know them all. I’ve noticed their professionalism, talent, teamwork and patient care. Oddly enough, these nurses actually seemed to enjoy working together. One day, a small child was brought in by her grandmother. When she left, her nurse had tears. Two days later, another nurse cried as an elderly gentleman who had no one to take him home left and went out to wait for a bus again. She planted her hands in her face and cried momentarily then went to her next patient with a friendly smile. Their care often turns into a loving bond of trust. Jesus said, “If you want to be great in God’s Kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.” Matthew 20:26

We honor our veterans and those who serve in our armed forces well as our first responders as we should. Let us not forget the second responders. Today I specifically honor the nurses at Portneuf Medical Center’s IV Therapy including: Katie, Kaitlynn, Krissy, Kacy, Gaylene, Genevieve (Vamprina), Erin, Tosha, Travis and the others! Southeastern Idaho is already great. All of you in the medical field make it even better. I promise when I walk again to visit my new friends. And be sure that I will walk in backwards doing the “Moonwalk.”

So is God at work in our state-of-the-art Pocatello hospital? Yes. First of all, we must remember that not all God’s ministers are pastors, priests and rabbis. Often they come in the form of a police officer, fireman, lineman, doctor, nurse, hospice worker, mother or teacher. In fact, God wants to use all of us to serve each other if we will allow him to. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way to unite our country? God using the talents and gifts he’s given to each one to bless the other. I love my calling as a pastor. Though my feet are worn and ugly, this precious Bible verse keeps me pressing on: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation.” Isaiah 52:7

I feel very privileged to share the love of Jesus in our community. Whether I’m up at the Clarion Inn at 11 every Sunday morning for our church services, or making visits at the hospital, or eating dinner at Butterburrs, no matter where I am I hope to make a contribution to Pocatello and I hope you do, too. From our elected leaders who make daily decisions, to our grandparents who still give us wisdom for tomorrow, let’s all minister to one another beginning with the house next door.

“Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself” – Matthew 5:43

God Bless Pocatello.

Safe Harbor Ministries/Calvary Old Path meets at 11 a.m. Sundays at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road in Pocatello. There is also a Safe Harbor Ministries group that meets in Twin Falls every Sunday. For more information, call 208-221-5542 or email safeharborpocatello@gmail.com.

Pastor Lew Phelps is the senior pastor at Safe Harbor Ministries/Calvary Old Path.