Devotional

Daily devotional life of Scripture and prayer

ExamWhen I was preparing to enter a graduate nursing program, I took the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). When I finished, I knew that I had not done well. Weeks later, I received my test scores in the mail and my feelings were confirmed.

Give thanks to the Lord forLike love and faith, our hope grows and blossoms as Christians (1 Corinthians 13:13). One of the ways we can nurture hope in our lives is through thankfulness. Identifying the simplest things and thanking our Father God for them fosters hope, even when we are buried beneath the trials of life.

Martin LutherAlmost five hundred years ago, Martin Luther (a priest in the Catholic church at the time) was reading the Word of God and began to understand for the first time (by God's revelation) that we are "saved by faith" through God's grace as a "gift of God, not by works, lest any one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

horseAs a young girl I loved to read books about horses, and I thought I knew everything about them. But then I had a chance to ride one, and I realized that some things cannot be learned by just reading books.

Take HeartAs I write this, the world news includes a devastating volcano in Japan, militant wars in Syria, student protests in Hong Kong and, if that isn’t enough, an ever-spreading Ebola virus.

Railroad tracksChange. Some people embrace it, some people detest it, but it is a fact of life! The reality is that change can be challenging, but it is necessary for living creatures to grow and adapt to changes within themselves and in their environments. Babies do not stay babies!

Heavenly HopeOur discussion of a heavenly hope and a place without sickness brings us closer to the end of this time—and the return of Jesus Christ. This hope is based on the promises made by Jesus Christ to the disciples when he said, “Do not be troubled; I go to prepare a place for you and I will return to take you there to live with me.” (This is recorded in the gospels in John 14:1-3 and Matthew 24:29-31).

Thinkingn of youBreathing is necessary for physical life. Nurses and other health care providers may insert a tube into the lungs to facilitate breathing, or attach a ventilator or breathing machine that will “breathe” for a patient. Another intervention for someone not breathing is for a nurse to blow air into the patient through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

pluseAs I was thinking of our living hope (1 Peter 1:3), I was reminded of a modern Christian song and movie entitled God’s Not Dead. I wanted to replace the words of the song “Hope’s not dead, it is surely alive.” For, sometimes we live as if our hope is dead.  Is your hope breathing independently with a strong pulse? Some of us are in desperate need of hope CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation).

hospital hallAs health care workers we have dedicated our gifts and talents to caring for the sick, the disabled and the mentally ill. Our nursing service is a calling or ministry, with God equipping us to care for his children. As Christians, we have joy and confidence in knowing we are doing the Lord’s work.

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