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Richard Roney is Chief of Chaplain Services at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois. He reminds pastors they aren’t the only ones who hear excuses about not attending church; as a hospital chaplain, he’s heard more than his share:

"It’s snowing outside. I never attend church in bad weather." (The chapel was on another floor in the same building!)

One lady commented, quite seriously, "I’m usually always sick on Sunday morning."

"The nurse doesn’t want me out of bed," one patient told a volunteer. But as the volunteer began to leave, the same patient asked, "If you’re going near the smoking room, could you give me a push?"

A favorite was the patient who said, "When I sing, I get nauseated.”

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