Take time to re-calibrate before Healing
Luk 6:12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.
Luk 6:17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of His followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.
Luk 6:18 They had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed.
Luk 6:19 Everyone tried to touch Him, because healing power went out from Him, and He healed everyone.
This evangelist takes frequent notice of Christ's retirements, to give us an example of secret prayer, by which we must keep up our communion with God daily, and without which it is impossible that the soul should prosper.
- After the miracles, Jesus taught what has been known as the "Sermon on the Mount".
- Mark records after this Jesus heals further particularly one man of leprosy .. Leprosy was considered at that time as a disease directly attributed to Gods displeasure and punishment.. Hence, Jesus sends him to be checked by the Priests. Confirming Jesus was from God.
1. I do not want to reflect on the healing, rather on the preparation for healing.
As nurses you deal daily with the demands of people.
Whether it be healing Physically through medicine
Whether it be healing through faith in God, emotional, physical or spiritual.
Jesus had spent the night in prayer. That may not be practical but prayer and communion with God are foundational to him surviving the rigors of his ministry which often included :
- Conflict with the establishment (I suspect very real in your line of work)
2. So as preparation is essential in the medical field I want to suggest it is important in the caring field.
- Preparation is as important as execution of our tasks.
- It serves to recalibrate us, to re-focus us on the core values of our tasks
- It assists in self care.
It does not come naturally to go to the mountain top for some of us, where we can reflect replenish recalibrate and refresh.
In the rush and bustle lifestyle we lead, it is always a good idea to stop for a moment several times throughout the day and touch base with your heart. One way to do this is to connect with a daily thought or a meditation topic that will help you to stop and choose your thinking.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said "...a man is what he thinks about all day long."
Mike Dooley said "...thoughts become things, choose the good ones."
Two suggested Ways To Use The Daily Thought Books or a Journal
Use these little gems of wisdom is to take one along with you to read the daily reading when you have a break from work, while waiting for a train or a traffic light, while waiting in the drive through, or any number of 'stopping' points throughout the day.
Set time aside to Journal or Blog use this as a time of preparation before you enter the rigors of caring ministry.
Dear God you were God with skin on you rubbed shoulders and walked among the sick.
You were moved with compassion for the sick
You wanted to relieve the sickness in their bodies.
You were so moved with compassion you would touch the untouchable.
We acknowledge you are the healer and when we in the medical profession have done all we can do.. you do the healing, you have designed our bodies to have the ability to heal.
- We are your counsellor
- We are your hands
- We are your Love and compassion with skin on
- We are perhaps all people may encounter of God
As we talk, pray, laugh and cry or reflect on stories we hear today we ask your blessing upon these proceedings and all who will lead them on. We ask your blessing and for encouragement to come to "The NZ Faith community nurses association" as they hold their annual conference.
Ask this in and through Jesus Christ Amen.