How Do We Respond to COVID-19?
As nurses, we find ourselves facing unique challenges as our country and the world works to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. At-home quarantines, cancellation of events involving large groups of people, and social distancing are being used to reduce exposure to the virus. Store shelves are empty of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and toilet paper. The public has been asked not to purchase facemasks unless symptomatic so that these resources can be used by nurses and others in healthcare. Students and faculty are transitioning face-to-face classes to online learning environments. Faith community nurses are seeking ways to support and care for others in their communities. Fear, frustration, stigma, disappointment, and social isolation are being felt by many.
How do we respond to the information we are hearing and the questions that go unanswered? As nurses and individuals of faith, we know:
- "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7 New King James Version).
- We can live, walk, and serve without anxiety, but experience peace – a deep peace that only comes from God. Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- We have unique opportunities as caregivers to be present with others and to “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15, NIV).
- Our God is a God of comfort. II Corinthians 1:4 reminds us of our ability comfort others. It comes from a source of unending love and strength from a God “who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (NIV).
Know that we at Nurses Christian Fellowship are here for you. We want to support you as you care for others. The resources below on COVID-19 are meant to provide both clinical and spiritual support. Remember that God is sovereign. He is present with us in all of this.
Please let us know how we can be praying for you. You can contact us here and our staff and team of nurse volunteers across the country will lift you up in prayer.
We serve a mighty God! We know He hears our cries. We pray for strength, courage, wisdom, and the ability to show love in what He has called us to do.
Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF, Professional Ministries Director, Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA