A Name Above All Others

Seungdamaroung was his last name. Most of his patients just called him “Doctor Seung,” for obvious reasons. I have not seen him in over thirty years. Yet, every time I think of him I still feel a deep sense of appreciation for his sacrificial kindness to my family. 

Our oldest son was born five weeks prematurely. That is not always a problem, but it was for him because his lungs were not fully developed. He was quickly placed under oxygen because of his labored breathing. Things went pretty well for about 24 hours, then one of his lungs ruptured due to his struggle to breathe. An emergency surgical procedure had to be performed which stabilized him- - until twenty-four hours later when the same thing happened to the other lung which required the same ordeal.


It is when the complications started with our newborn that Dr. Seung entered the picture. Interestingly enough, he was a specialist in premature babies and had just moved to town. His skill and expertise (girded by numerous prayers) are truly the reason our son is alive today! But there is more.


As most of you know, lengthy hospital stays and surgical procedures equal a hefty bill to pay. As I remember, the bottom line was just over $9000, which to us as a young couple in 1980 seemed like $90,000! The insurance we had at the time had a lot to be desired in way of benefits, so we figured we would be in debt for a long time. Then, Dr. Seung enters the picture again. Most of what the insurance did not pay was owed to him. Yet, he kindly informed us that whatever the insurance paid would be sufficient- - we would owe no more. Maybe now you can see why Dr. Seung is such a memorable name to us.


Perhaps we all have people in our lives that have gone that extra mile that meant so much to us. For such people we have a profound sense of appreciation and we will never forget their loving kindness.


But when all is said and done, there is no act of kindness by any human being that would begin to compare with all that God has done for us through Jesus! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Jesus paid the debt that we could never pay! The gracious gift that He offers is eternal life (Romans 6:23).


“Jesus!” Not just a memorable name, but a name above all names (cf. Philippians 2:9-11).