Like 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.
This is also true for our patients struggling with illnesses and diseases. When we struggle to find something to be thankful for, we can pause and thank the Creator for our existence and the necessities of air and water for life. No matter what our situation or our patient’s circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for.
An excellent passage for thankfulness is Psalm 136 with its famous repetitive refrain, “his steadfast love endures forever.” The psalm states, “Give thanks to the Lord for…he is good…God of gods…does great wonders," etc. The psalm continues with a history lesson of the relationship the Israelites had with God.
This is our Lord, who has written, and continues to write, a historical narrative in the lives of his people, including us. We discover sustained hope when we remember how the Lord has worked in our past (Lamentations 3:21).
Take time this week to read Psalm 136 and “give thanks to the Lord for __________________,” filling in the blank with how the Lord has demonstrated his “steadfast love” recently in your life.
Want to discover how to encourage hope for your patients? Check out three articles from the Journal of Christian Nursing Importance of Hope; When Hope is Lost Part 1 & Part 2.
Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International and Journal of Christian Nursing. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/.