Here’s A Thought for May 5

In remembrance of Florence Nightingale, RN, each year from May 6 to May 12, communities across our nation recognize the invaluable work of health care workers; especially our nurses during National Nurses Week. The tradition of nursing in faith-based health care is one of providing holistic, compassionate care to all those in need. From nurse executives to nursing assistants, in hospitals, long-term care organizations, hospices and community-based programs, the women and men in nursing follow the example of those who founded faith-based health care, including women religious; such as Avera Marshall’s sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota and the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Similar to Christ’s healing ministry, Avera’s mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values of compassion, hospitality, and stewardship.

Thus, we believe as Jesus carried … (people’s) disease. He bore the burden of responsibility for their lack of comfort and walked with them toward wholeness. He didn’t shun the helpless or belittle the frail. He reached deep into his own physical and spiritual wellness and offered them healing. His was the behavior of the servant, a suffering servant. Jesus was willing to endure pain so others could live with less pain. . . He was willing to suffer ultimate rejection; the rejection by his own people as well as his own Heavenly Father; so others could have his healing word of forgiveness and reconciliation

Faith-based health care service or ministry costs. The servant suffers. There is the preoccupying agony of caring till it hurts. It is the sacrifice of time and self. It is struggle to talk when every word spoken hurts and aches. This ministry has no visible guarantees. Suffering servanthood is only for those who take up their own cross of suffering by following Christ seriously. It is for those who can carry others because they have carried their own cross of suffering first. Remembering the words “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Therefore, in light of Christ’s Gospel healing message and in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, Avera’s Vice President of Mission Raymond Weiss announces that: “All across our region of Avera, we are celebrating the hard work and contributions of our team members with a series of activities and celebrations from May 15-19. We are taking time to join in the activities in honor of Hospital/Nursing Home/Avera@Home and Clinics 2017 Week. Each day we will celebrate all our health care workers do for patients, the community and the organization. Finally, we request the prayerful support of our community for Avera’s on-going medical mission and ministry.”