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He Moved Into the Ward With Us.

Dr. John Rosen, a psychiatrist in New York City, is well known For his work

with catatonic schizophrenics. Normally doctors remain separate and aloof

from their patients. Dr. Rosen moves into the ward with them. He places his

bed among their beds. He lives the life they must live. Day-to-day, he

shares it. He loves them. if they don’t talk, he doesn’t talk either. It is

as if he understands what is happening. His being there, being with them,

communicates something that they haven’t experienced in years-somebody


But then he does something else. He puts his arms around them and hugs them.

He holds these unattractive, unlovable, sometimes incontinent persons, and

loves them back into life. Often, the first words they speak are simply,

"Thank you."

This is what the Christ did for us at Christmas. He moved into the ward with

us. He placed his bed among our beds. Those who were there, those who saw

him, touched him and were in turn touched by him and restored to life. The

first word they had to say was "thank you."

Christmas is our time to say "Thank you."

Mark Berg in Donald L. Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations, Resource, 1992, p.


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