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Increase Our Faith

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

“As Peter was passing through every region, he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, Who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.’ He got up at once. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him, And they turned to the Lord.’”(ACTS 9:31-42)

Some say, “They had to see the miracles, and then they believed.”   I think we see miracles every day in health care. We see people who do everything they can to depart from this world, and we see that through giving them hope and compassion, they make the decision that they want to live. Those are our every-day miracles. They begin to trust and allow themselves to feel the care and compassion, and they know through us that God loves them. They turn to the Lord.


Every day that we give that extra smile and encouragement to our patients it becomes easier for them to believe in themselves, and in turn it pushes them closer to trusting and believing that they can get well and that they need to believe to increase their faith.


I can remember that as a child when something spectacular happened I would think, “Wow, that person is awesome. They are the best!” Every day that we do our jobs in health care, we do something spectacular for one of our patients that makes them think “Wow, he/she is awesome,” when in reality we are doing or mission and what Jesus calls us to do.


This is what God does for us every day. We just need to stop, see and feel that spectacular event and know that God is there and we believe.    


Heavenly Father,

thank You for the gift of faith,

and for the ability to share that with all whom we come in contact.

Help us to increase our faith.

In Your Name we pray. Amen.

Julie Pfeifer
Clinical Manager, Worthmore Addiction Services, Avera St. Luke's Hospital

ACTS 9:31-42 ● PSALM 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 ● JOHN 6:60-69

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