This is a repost of 9 December 2010. Looking back on this post, my wife died less than a month later. Here's what I wrote: "I told one of our members this week that wife M had been in decline, and that I wondered whether she would hold out to a hospital appointment. Our member said: ‘You are the minister, and you have no faith in God!’ I said: ‘We need to draw a careful distinction here. There is faith in outcomes, and there is faith in God. Faith in outcomes is faith that it will come out like this or like that. Faith in God is to trust in the power and goodness of God no matter what.’" OBSERVATION: I thought my wife might be admitted to hospital before her next appointment. A man who comments on this post (below) is now a Stellenbosch professor.