My husband and I were at Mayo Clinic the other day for a test. Being “of a certain age”, things seem to change on the health front occasionally. It made me appreciate all the health workers we have in this country, whether they be local providers, specialists, nurses, technicians. I am such a believer in health care; my father instilled that in me. He was a physician, a general practitioner. What would happen to us if we did not have enough professional health care staff? Unfortunately, that is the case now.
These critical workers follow the only great doctor of the flesh and spirit, Jesus. This babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, grew up to teach us the way of God. He taught us of His Love. Jesus’ mission was world-changing. He became flesh and experienced our joys and trials.
So, the next time we see health care workers, thank them for what they do. They follow the tradition of the Great One, a service that is difficult, fraught with trial, and rewarding, all at the same time. For those of us not in this field, our strengths were given by God in other areas.
Our knowledge that God wants us to participate in this world, in the present, with Him is such an incredible, and at times, overwhelming mystery. He has made each of us so significant. And Jesus came to us for so many reasons, not the least of which was to teach us that each of us matter in the world. Our caring Father is shown to us through Jesus Christ.
Lord, protect our health care staff as they do important work. Thank you for sending Jesus, the Word, to show us how each of us can be the light. Thank you, Lord, for life in your world. Amen.