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A Huge Shout Out to Health Care Workers!

We are living in unprecedented times. Outside of those working in essential services, most of us are in a world-wide period of isolation. Today, I devote my musings to all of those work within the health care system. 

For the last eleven months, I have been the recipient of incredible doctors, surgeons, nurses, administrative staff, orderlies, cleaning staff, and volunteers. I learned that it takes a whole community of people, many of them working behind the scenes, to make the medical system work effectively.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to thank all of those who helped me get through my cancer surgeries and chemo treatments. Because of God’s touch and the God-given gifting’s of health workers, I am now officially back to work, even though, like the majority of you, I am working in isolation.

Long before the Covid 19 pandemic raised its ugly head, I found myself asking God to bless the work of everyone’s hands who make up the health care system. Every time I drive by the hospital that became my second home for eleven months, I pray for the entire team who work 24/7 to make health care such a vital part of our society.

Now more than ever, we need to pray for and encourage all health care workers. In the best of times, they are under incredible pressure to perform effectively. Throw into that pressure cooker of performance a virus that is literally shutting down our world, and you have the potential for health care workers to be stretched toward the brink of mental and physical exhaustion. We must commit to honouring and praying for those who are working tirelessly to get the upper hand in this pandemic.

During my health journey, I discovered that not all patient’s respond with a loving and caring attitude toward those who care for them. Sickness can bring out the true character of selfishness that lies within a person’s heart. It is the health care workers and volunteers who take the brunt of that pharisaical selfishness.

One day, Jesus was having dinner at the home of Levi, a tax collector, where many of his colleagues joined Jesus and his disciples around the table. When the Pharisees saw him eating with the tax collectors, they criticised Jesus. He responded by saying: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”

Whether healthy or sick, let us take the time to honour, thank, and pray for those who work in the medical system. I made it my goal to put a smile on the face of everyone I came in contact with at the Cedar Cancer Institute in Montreal. How could I ever treat with disdain those who were working tirelessly to restore me to wholeness!

Today, I give a humongous shout out to all health workers around the world, including my daughter. You are my heroes!!!

 

Until next time…

Don

6 Comments

  • David Larmour

    April 6, 2020

    This is great news Don!! Thanks be to God!! I echo your affirmation of frontline health care workers!! They are a gift from God!!

    Reply
    • Don Mann

      April 6, 2020

      Thanks Dave!

      Stay well and stay safe. MJ and I are praying for pastors and churches across Canada during this unprecedented time. May God give you creativity and huge favour for Kingdom purposes.

      Don

      Reply
  • Cornel dunning

    April 6, 2020

    Hi Pastor Mann, thanks for your wonderful letter.I am glad to know your back at work.

    Reply
    • Don Mann

      April 6, 2020

      Thanks Cornel!

      Reply
  • Hedy Taylor

    April 6, 2020

    Praise the Lord! We’re so happy to hear that you’re doing well.We serve a great and awesome God.
    Yes we agree that all our health care and other essential service workers are doing a terrific job and keeping us safe during this deadly virus. We need to keep them in prayer.
    🎶 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives, all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth the living just because He lives🎶
    God bless you and the family.

    Reply
    • Don Mann

      April 6, 2020

      Thanks Hedy!

      Because He lives, it is well with my soul!

      Stay well and stay safe.

      Reply

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