by Bob Wickizer

Barbershop In A Cancer Hospital
Bob Wickizer
Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; Psalm 104:25-35,37; John 20:19-23

''To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free.''

Many of you know that a few weeks ago I made an annual trip to M D Anderson hospital in Houston for a check up on my melanoma. The good news from that visit is that the growth they removed from my leg turned out to be benign and the lump I had elsewhere was not a lymph node but was ''likely a hernia.'' Although when I left the hospital I would not know the lab results for another week, something unexpected happened at the end of that visit that helped me understand why God sent us there. I would like to share this experience with you this morning.

It all started with picking up a little 3x5 card advertising ''free haircuts.'' The card read ''Free haircuts for men and women patients of M D Anderson. Go the 6th floor of the Lymphoma Center elevator C. First come, first served.'' We had finished all the appointments and I needed a haircut or at least all three of these scraggy hairs needed trimming.

As we walked into the reception area, there was no question about whether you were a patient or not. They just accepted everyone. I was in street clothes with a bandage on my leg and a patient ID bracelet. Other people were less recognizable as patients and seemed to be in perfect health like they had come to this place after working out at the fitness center. Still others were easily recognizable. Patient gown, haggard face, IV bottle on a pole. These were people in their 50s for whom cancer made them look twenty years older. They were tired and some were in poor spirits.

Cancer is an equal opportunity disease. There were young people, old people, white people, black people, Hispanics and Asians; men and women. Some had great looking hair and others were showing the twin ravages o ...

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