The “White Man’s” Doctor

I heard an interesting story from a black man yesterday. I call him a black man, because that’s what he calls himself. He’s 85 years old. He grew up in an orphanage. When he was 11 years old a boiler exploded, splashing his legs and face with scalding water. Doctors’ offices were segregated at the time. He was seen by the “black people’s” doctor and was told he would probably go blind. That evening the “black” doctor was talking with some of his friends about the sad case of the 11 year old boy he’d seen that day. One of the friends who heard the story was a “white man’s” doctor. He was sure he could help the boy and requested that his friend send the young boy to his clinic. After a year of frequent treatments, the boy’s sight was restored. He sees well to this day, and remains forever grateful for the assistance he received from someone who was willing to step outside of society’s rules to help someone in need.  May our compassion for humanity never be hampered by our culture.

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  1. I’m thankful those days I grew up in are gone. We are all Gods children! Thanks for a great story!

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  2. That’s a great story. Someone who was prepared to do the right thing, not comply with convention. It saddens me when I judge myself as “superior” to person X or Y, but it happens all too often. Thankfully the scriptures are there to show me I’m a sinner just like all the rest (Christ apart).

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