Band practice devotions 16/05/2024

Last night at band practice our devotions were provided by Lesley Ann Paterson. We’d like to share these with you today.

Sunday was International Nurse’s Day, held every year on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, 12th May. Each year, they set a theme, and this years is “The Economic Power of Care”.

Now I won’t bore you with whole report from the International Council of Nurses, but basically they have found that if we invest in health, healthcare and health care workers it can be an economic boon for countries, rather than a sunken cost. According to the ICN, poor health reduces GDP by 15%, and investing in health infrastructure even in developed countries like ours, governments can recoup this money as well as save lives. They also found that investing in Primary Care Nurses, like myself, can help to increase global life expectancy by 3.7 years by the year 2030.

I’ve worked in many different areas of nursing, from general areas like Acute Medicine for the Elderly, highly specialised areas like the Acute Stroke Unit, Endocrine and Diabetes, and now in Primary Care. The joy of my job is that I nurse people all across different ages, races, religions and backgrounds. The thing with nursing is that we can’t be selective with who we treat or care for. I can’t say I’ll treat you, but not your neighbour.

The bible says a lot about caring for others. Paul in Philippians 2:4 says “None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others.” Instructing us not only to care for our own needs, but care for the needs of others, reflecting Jesus’ own example of putting others first.

Jesus himself teaches us in the parable of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10 that caring for others should be unconditional, and not limited by social, ethnic or religious boundaries.

Then in Matthew 25:35-39 Jesus says “I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me. Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’.” teaching us that when we care for those who are hungry, thirsty or in need we are actually caring for him.

When we invest in caring for others as a society, yes there may be an economic benefit and we might extend life expectancy. But the bible clearly states that when we invest in caring for others as Christians, showing love, compassion and hospitality, especially towards those in need, we are not only doing a good deed, we are demonstrating a direct reflection of our love for God. Ultimately, instead of economic or financial benefit, our reward is eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

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