Jesus is in the hospital.
I had one of those nocturnal throw-back dreams retired people sometimes have.
It’s a Sunday morning. I’m the Senior Minister just returned from being out-of-town. The other ministerial staff and I are robing for worship. Though I’m the preacher for the morning, I am totally unprepared. In addition, I remember that we are scheduled to receive new members from the new members class during worship. I ask Byron (a wonderful former colleague who shows up in the dream) for an update. He is clueless. He fears the members of the class haven’t been notified. Perhaps no one will be joining, though the reception of new members is clearly listed as part of the morning Order of Worship. We wonder how to handle an embarrassing situation.
Then Byron says, “Oh…and I just learned Jesus is in the hospital.”
“I think it’s Star,” he says.
“What’s Star? I’ve never heard of it.”
“Oh,” says Byron, “it’s a private wing of Christ Hospital for public figures concerned about their privacy.”
“When was he admitted, and why? What’s the diagnosis?
“I don’t know; I just learned of it a moment ago from John (the custodian).”
“Well… what should we do? The congregation’ll be shocked, but we should announce it. We should remember Jesus in the Prayers of Church, don’t you think?”
The idea of Jesus being in the hospital didn’t strike me as that strange in the dream, but it did pose its own kind of curious scenario. I’d never imagined Jesus sick. I wonder if Jesus was ever in the hospital? There was something strangely comforting about the thought of Jesus in the hospital, one of the flock for whom we could pray.
Dreams, they say, are ways the subconscious works on things the conscious mind dares not address. What if Jesus had died in the hospital?
– Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, April 20, 2015.