“What Fortunate Lives We lead!” (Acts 20:35)

“How lucky are we? Every patient today could have been a Grand Rounds patient and we had the privilege of helping them. What fortunate lives we lead!”

Source: Dr. Samuel Moschella. Archives of Dermatology. December 2022.

This quotation was spoken by Dr. Samuel Moschella, who passed on August 21, 2022, at the venerable age of 101 years. Dr. Moschella was a professor of dermatology at Harvard University. When he made this exuberant statement, he had spent an entire day seeing dozens of patients in his dermatology clinic. He was writing his observations in each patient’s clinic chart and with unbridled enthusiasm and energy, exclaimed this to his fellow dermatologist colleague. It encapsulated this remarkable man’s rich life. He was a master teacher, clinician, and researcher. I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago at a dermatology conference and can attest to everything that was summarized in a tribute article, recently published in a prestigious dermatology journal. Dr. Moschella’s words and life reminded me of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Acts 20:35 (NASB)

To serve others with the gifts that God has bestowed upon each of us is our purpose in life. We serve, not because of financial obligations or compulsion, we serve out of gratitude for what God has done for us. We serve to freely return the love that was lavished upon us through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. 

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

Galatians 5:13-14 (NASB)

What fortunate lives we lead!

Thank you, Dr. Moschella, for your service and commitment to so many patients and health care professionals. May all of us live our lives with this same enthusiasm, serving others with the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We live fortunate lives because He first loved us.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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