I’ve come to think of the hospital bed as being “The Great Equalizer”. The person occupying this bed could be a CEO, a movie star, or a hardened criminal. They could’ve been a war hero, a successful executive, or maybe they drove the garbage truck past your house this morning.
Politicians, preachers, junkies, cashiers, teachers, bankers, mothers, fathers, accountants, felons, sons, daughters, engineers, musicians, or baristas. They could be wealthy, they could be homeless. They could be loved by many, they could simply attract hate.
The thing is, to a nurse, none of this matters. We don’t know their story. We don’t know who they really are, what’s happened to them, what they’ve done, where they’ve been, or how they reached this point.
All we know is that they’re here. Right now. In that bed. Placed by God. They’re sick. They’re broken. They need help. They need us.
So we step into their stories for a few hours. No matter who they are. We take care of them. No matter what they’ve done. We reach out to them. No matter how they react. We teach them. And, whether we choose to notice it or not, they teach us, as well. Every, single one of them.
What an honor – praise be to God.
Thanks for growing with me. ❤
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)