“Give me your hand,” the surgeon said to student nurse Peggy Heppner during cardiovascular surgery. As she anxiously held the patient’s heart in her palm, she felt the unforgettable power of that one beating muscle in a person’s life.
We live in a perilous world where people are sick and depressed, the elderly are abused, and the mentally ill are ignored. Yet God’s people are called to “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).
During a clinical rotation, nursing student Erika Hellstrom had a patient in failing health and preparing for palliative care, but his wife told Erica, “God gives us all a purpose and mine is taking care of him.”