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An Open Letter to Nurses

I am writing to encourage you in your work as a nurse in these difficult and demanding days. Nursing is a high and holy calling and your work is a ministry that reflects the care and compassion of God.

Many are praying for you and for your colleagues who serve on the front lines of patient care. There may never have been a time when your calling is as highly esteemed and as deeply appreciated as it is today.

I have tried to picture the strains that are on you as you work extended shifts seeking to serve a growing number of patients, and as you bear the weight of knowing that there will be some you will not be able to help.

I was moved recently in reading the words of Martin Luther in 1527, when the plague was sweeping through Europe. The instinct of many was to flee from the crisis, but Luther felt that he should stay and serve others. This put him at risk, but he said, “If Christ shed his blood for me, and died for me, why should I not expose myself to some small dangers for His sake?”

This is what you and your colleagues are doing in your work each day, and it is a marvelous reflection of the love of Christ, who gave Himself to serve the needs of others. Christ works through people, and His help is coming to many through you.

Some words of the apostle Paul, taken from another context, describe your work exactly:

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

… And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you,” (2 Corinthians 9:12, 14).

My prayers for you in these difficult days are that God will strengthen and protect you; that He will give you patience, wisdom and endurance; and, most of all, that you will have the joy of knowing that your work glorifies God, reflects the Spirit of Jesus, and is a gift of love for which many are profoundly thankful.

As one who knows, loves and serves the Lord, may you be able to say as you go to work each day, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken,” (Psalm 16:8).

With gratitude, and with great admiration for the work that you do,

Colin S. Smith
Senior Pastor, The Orchard // theorchardefc.org
President, Unlocking the Bible // unlockingthebible.org