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Thought for the Day
The seven critical-care Covid Hospitals have been named after Florence Nightingale , a prominent figure in nursing history and role model in the NHS. Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 into a wealthy family. In the face of their strong opposition, she insisted on training to be a nurse. In 1853 she headed her own private nursing institute in London. She won great acclaim improving conditions for the wounded during the Crimean War and devoted the rest of her life to reforming nursing care. Her school at St Thomas’s Hospital helped to elevate nursing into a profession.
We give you thanks for the life and work
of all those whose vision founded our National Health Service,
and for those who serve others in care and compassion.
We pray that their work and ministry to the sick may enrich and support the welfare of all.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen
Sunday 5th July is NHS Together Sunday - the theme for our thoughts for the rest of this week For the NHS
A post-Covid rehabilitation facility is named after Mary Seacole, a prominent figure in nursing history and role model in the NHS. Mary Seacole was a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race is today celebrated as an inspiration for the many BAME people who sustain our NHS. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805 to a Scottish soldier and Jamaican mother, Mary learned her nursing skills from her mother (who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers) and her travels to other parts of the Caribbean, Central America and Britain. In 1854 she asked the War Office to send her as an army nurse to the Crimea. They refused, but she funded herself and established the ‘British Hotel’ near Balaclava for sick and convalescent officers. She visited the battlefield, sometimes under fire, to nurse the wounded, and became known as ‘Mother Seacole’.
God of healing and compassion,
we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service,
and for the dedication of all who work in it:
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who care for the sick,
and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research.
Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
17th Century Nun’s Prayer
Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.