The Bible tells us, “Rejoice in the Lord, always. I say it again, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). The definition for rejoice is to be glad, joyful, or to celebrate. Do we celebrate the works of God in nursing?
When was the last time you enjoyed the perfectly timed answer to prayer, such as that much-needed staff person or piece of equipment? When have you been delighted by the basic pleasures of life, such as an enjoyable meal with a colleague or a simple gift from a student or patient? What are some joyful rewards of patient care, such as listening to an older adult share a childhood memory, laughing with a five year old’s cute story, or celebrating with a toddler who masters a new toy or activity?
These are enjoyable moments in nursing.
The Scriptural idea of rejoicing in prayer is to remind us to recognize all the blessed moments of our work. At the same time, we want to celebrate with our Heavenly Father who provided them.
We are also reminded that celebratory prayers don’t just occur with worship and during designated times of prayer. We can have a heart of gladness that permeates our life and spills over into multiple moments of the day.
Let us remember the words of the psalmist, “Serve the LORD with gladness!” (Psalm 100:2) and rejoice!
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/.