NCF Connections, November 2020

In This Issue:

  • Don't Miss the Harvest
  • Pray With NCF


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"Nurses Christian Fellowship changed my life, starting in Nursing School in the mid 80's until now. I have always been passionate about nursing, and through NCF God showed me that nursing was a calling and a ministry, rather than a vocation. God calls us to come alongside our patients in their most vulnerable times in their lives, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He wants us to not only meet their physical and emotional needs, but their spiritual needs as well. Nurses have great opportunity to pray with and for their patients, and NCF encourages and equips us how to do this."

Don't Miss the Harvest

Jen Wojtysiak, BS, ThM • Student Ministries Director 

What words would you use to describe 2020 so far? Maybe for you there are not even words to describe it! As we begin the Advent season, now might be the time to slow down and ask - What might the Lord want me to harvest from this season?

Traditionally in the farming season, after the release of the seeds, the farmer experiences the harvest. This past year has been a season of release. We have needed to release control since much of what has been happening has happened to us not with us. We have needed to release our anxiety, our body's response when it experiences a loss of control. We have needed to release our expectations of what this year would hold for us as nurses, nursing students, and as followers of Jesus. We have needed to release the health of our loved ones and ourselves to God’s hands as many of us are on the frontlines of a global pandemic. 

This season is not over, but as we turn the corner and see the end of 2020 in sight, we would be remiss not to stop and ask what the Lord might want us to examine closer, see more clearly, want us to harvest. 

In Scripture we see the theme of harvest presented over and over again. In Proverbs 10:5, the reader is instructed not to miss the harvest. In a season of uncertainty and overwork it could be easy not to set aside time to reflect, and in turn, miss what the Lord has for us. We see in the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke that the harvest is ready, assuring the reader that the Lord has been at work before the harvesters doing the sowing and preparing for the season. This work is largely unseen. We may not always see the Lord at work in our lives; he may on the surface seem absent, but rest assured, he is not. His hand has been upon us and our lives these past 8 months. He has sown seeds, watered them, and protected them in this season. 

In Galatians 6:9 we are informed that we will, in due season, reap a harvest from doing good. This season, I am thankful that the good harvest I will reap has not been done in my own strength or power but by his grace. God's grace is sufficient for every situation I face at home, at school, at work. Because of his grace I can look with confidence at what the Lord is producing in me this season! 

Reflection Questions: 

What do you still want to release to the Lord this season? What do you need to release again (and again)? Spend time in prayer doing that this week.

Where can you find time in your day to spend time with the Lord reflecting on this past season? What are the obstacles you face in doing that? How can you overcome them? 

How does knowing it is the Lord's work through his grace is producing a harvest in your life bring encouragement and relief to you this season? 

Who in your life can you come alongside and encourage in this season to see the Lord’s harvest of grace in their life? When this week can you connect with them? 

Pray With NCF

Each of us knows personal challenges that are difficult to conquer. We see hurt, pain, and injustice. The challenges seem immense. We find ourselves asking how are we going to get through another day (or the next hour). What walls are we facing? How can we begin to join with other believers to support and encourage each other? Be filled with hope this holiday season; partner with NCF in prayer: