Do you remember where you were when you heard the news the John F. Kennedy was killed? Do you remember where you were when you heard the news on 9/11/2001? I am a nurse who works as a hospital case manager. My role at the hospital is to meet with patients and we talk. I ask many questions to paint a picture in my mind of where they live, what kind of support they have and from the answers I develop a plan for discharging from the hospital.
Monday I met a man and the plan was for him to go to a nursing home for some physical therapy so he could gain his strength back and then he would return home. When I left Monday he was ready for discharge, but I did not have an accepting facility. Yesterday the patient was still there and over night he had basically given up. He had an underlying condition that had not been the focus of this admission, and he was now refusing to eat, drink, or take his medication. Today I met with his son, the patient passed away today. He had what we call in nursing a good death, no struggling just a peaceful passing.
In Psalm 90: 12 Moses instructs us to number our days aright so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. When I think about how fast the days go and that Thanksgiving is next week, I need to be grateful and thankful every moment of every day. I ask people now if they have faith and I wear a cross. I have a bracelet that I wear that tells the good news about Jesus. I share how God is working in my life because I am not ashamed of the gospel and I never know if I will see that patient again.
Do you know Jesus as Lord and Savior? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about asking Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior. Today is the day of salvation. John 3:16 I was in 2nd grade when President Kennedy passed away. I remember going to work on September 11, 2001 wishing I could be home with my family. Each day we can serve the Lord with gladness and whether we are able to share Christ with words we share Christ with the way we treat our family, friends, co-workers or the person you are serving at the restaurant. Make the most of each day my friend.
Father God, life is fragile and precious. You tell us in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Lord I pray for the person that may be ill and facing death, remove his or her fears. Lord I pray for the person who is ill and is wondering if you hear his or her prayers, reassure that you are the Great Physician. Lord I pray for the person that just needs a measure of hope. You are Hope. Lord, I ask that today we will be satisfied with your unfailing love. Lord I pray that if there is anyone questioning his or her salvation that you will reassure him or her with your word.
Today I am thankful for my job, I am thankful for the way you paint the skies, I am thankful for my warm blanket throw, I am thankful for pumpkin spice lattes. I am thankful praise music.
Your turn, I am thankful for……..