“The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back.” (Isaiah 50:4-9A)
There were many times in my practice when I had to deliver bad news or outcomes to a patient or family. I remember many of them like they occurred yesterday because in a small town these folks were often my friends and neighbors as well as patients. I would often pray for the right words to help lessen their burden. I suspect many of you who are reading this have done the same. Sometimes the only solace I could deliver was to be present in the moment and listen.
I like these words from Isaiah as they really speak to the gift that God has given to us as health care workers. Regardless of the department we work in, all of us help to further the Avera Mission in our own way. Not all of us may have the ability to “speak to the weary” and lift them up, but we all have the ability to listen to our patients, colleagues, coworkers and to ourselves.
In this most Holy Week as we reflect on the suffering of Christ Jesus, I hope we can also reflect on the suffering of many of our patients and what an honored calling it is to serve them. We have been given a gift! Do not rebel and do not turn back!