NCF Connections, March 2021

In This Issue:

  • But Even If He Does Not
  • Join NCF, Save 10%, Attend April Member Events!
  • Upcoming Conferences for Christian Nurses
  • Honor Fallen Colleagues Through The Nightingale Tribute
  • Sunday Night Prayer Times

But Even If He Does Not

Jessica Harper · NCF Marketing & Communications Manager

Trusting in God takes work. Fully surrendering my life, will, desires, hopes, and dreams does not always come easy for me. There are some things that I trust God on more than others. For example: I trust that he will keep the world spinning on its axis; I trust that his plan and purposes will be carried out in my generation as they have in all those before me; I trust that he will bring about beauty from the broken. But if I'm being totally honest, I don't always trust God in the little day-to-day instances of life.

It's hard for me to trust in Jesus' finished work on the cross when I feel the weight of a sin I just committed. It's difficult for me to trust that I can rest in him when my to-do list is piling high. It's tough to trust that he will give me the strength I need to endure a long week parenting my children, keeping up with work, and maintaining our home. In these times, I find it easiest to trust in myself and in my ability to fix things, make up for my sin by resolving to do better next time, trying harder to get everything done, and relying on coffee and a strict schedule to keep things in line. It sounds absurd to say out loud doesn't it? And that's because it is!

In Daniel 3, we see a true picture of trust on display. King Nebuchadnezzar creates a golden image and commands all people to fall down and worship it. Most comply, except three men: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. When threatened by the king to worship or be thrown into a blazing furnace, these three respond in an incredible way...

"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18, NIV).

Not only do Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trust God to deliver them from the furnace, they say "but even if he does not,"  they will still not worship any but their God. WOW! These three men aren't just trusting God in the simple day-to-day things, they are trusting God in life and death. They trust God to uphold their lives and to deliver them from the evil king. And they offer their worship to him alone even if he doesn't rescue them.

I want to trust God like that. For my heart to say, "even if you don't deliver me from this (fill in the blank), God, I will worship and trust in you alone." This is my prayer today: that we would trust God ultimately, wholly, and fully. To deliver us from every evil. But even if he does not, to trust him anyway. To God be the honor and glory forever. Amen!

Join NCF, Save 10%, Attend April Member Events!

A special benefit of NCF membership includes national webinars on critical topics with nurse colleagues from around the country. Join NCF today and attend these upcoming events: 

  • Journal Club April 22nd: Self-Care: A Stewardship Perspective (Earn 1.5 hours NCPD!) While nurses pour out care, compassion, and skills on others, many are worn out, compassion fatigued, and too short of time to care well for themselves. Shifting the self-care paradigm to one of stewardship is a powerful move. 

  • Tabletop Discussion April 26th: Where Is God When It Hurts? Right smack in the middle of our pain, we may wonder if there is even a God?  We may have been a believer in Christ for many years yet in pain our faith can be severely tested. Let’s explore together God’s whereabouts when we are hurting. 

For a full list of membership benefits, visit this webpage. Join in April and use code FRONTLINES to save 10%!

Upcoming Conferences for Christian Nurses

Looking for a Christian nursing conference? NCF maintains an active list of conferences focusing on issues important to Christian nurses. Most events are being held virtually like the  Westberg Institute Caring for the Human Spirit and Nurses Christian Fellowship’s International World Congress. Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing will be in person at Indiana Wesleyan University, as well as the Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. 

See all conferences and events here.

Honor Fallen Colleagues Through The Nightingale Tribute

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our profession in significant ways including the loss of more than 500 nurses who died from COVID as a result of caring for others with the disease. The American Nurses Association is honoring these nurses as well as others who have died in this past year through the Nightingale Tribute

The International Council of Nurses, World Health Organization, Nursing Now, and American Nurses Association have jointly recognized Monday, May 11th as Remember Health Heroes Day. On that day, take part in a moment of reflection and prayer to honor the memory of health workers who have tragically died during the COVID-19 pandemic. To show your respect, share a photo or short video on social media of yourself and colleagues with a lit candle (or your mobile phone light) with the hashtag #RememberHealthHeroes. Remember our fallen heroes.

Find COVID-19 Resources from NCF here.

Sunday Night Prayer Times

Looking for a safe place to share your story and be supported and encouraged? Or maybe you want time to simply “be” and have an opportunity to connect with others. Our Sunday night prayer times do just that. 

Join when you can and be a part of work God is doing in our lives both personally and within our profession. We meet for an hour at 7 pm Eastern /  6 pm Central / 5 pm Mountain / 4 pm Pacific. Email us at ncf@intervarsity.org and you will be sent the link. Hope to see you there!