One Thursday, July 29, our son, Andrew, participated in the White Coat Ceremony as a first-year medical student at Loma Linda University in California. He and 169 other first-year med students were selected from six thousand, three hundred applicants to be the class of 2025.
You can imagine the sense of honor and pride Susie and I felt as we witnessed our son receive his white coat. To tell you the truth, it was humbling to think that this was the result of our prayers to God, our emphasis on Christian education, and Andrew’s hard work. It was awesome! There was a part of the ceremony I would like to share with you—The Physician’s Oath—that was deeply moving:
Before God these things I do promise:
In the acceptance of my sacred calling, I will dedicate my life to the furtherance of Jesus Christ’s healing and teaching ministry. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due. I will impart to those who follow me the knowledge and experience that I have gained. The wholeness of my patient will be my first consideration. Acting as a good steward of the resources of society and of the talents granted me, I will endeavor to reflect God’s mercy and compassion by caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and those who are dying. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I will respect the rights and decisions of my patients. I will hold in confidence all secrets committed to my keeping in the practice of my calling. I will lead my life and practice my art with purity and honor; abstaining from immorality myself, I will not lead others into moral wrongdoing. May God’s kingdom, His healing power and glory be experienced by those whom I serve, and may they be made known in my life, in proportion as I am faithful to this oath.
May your children and grandchildren find an oath to take in whatever profession and carrier they undertake. May they live it in the service to their creator and savior.