Being a Nurse
Oh Great Spirit, who watches over us all, from the tiniest single-celled organism to the magnificent artic wolf, please place me where I can be of most help to others today. My heart is heavy with the suffering of my fellow humans, and our weary earth. I know people can be demanding, and my desire to help can make that stressful, but please help me to be gentle with those I serve and and with myself. We are all struggling to make sense of the life you have graciously given us. We all suffer feelings of disconnection, and still, there are many moments of joy. Something in us is restless with need, a need we reach to fill with so many things that cause us harm. Help us to know that our connection to You is where the true healing is. Help us to know the same about our connection to each other, black to white; every color to every other; every worshipping Muslim praying to Allah, every Hindu placing flowers on their altars; those who find you in nature, hearing your breath in the touch of wind on their ear; each Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic or Atheist; please find the grace you instilled in each of us upon conception and help us to extend it to one another.
In my weak, miserly state, help me to find Your strength flowing in my veins and give the Great Love You created in me to those I serve. I am only one nurse, but help me provide comfort to those hurting in body and soul who are in my care today. Help me to be gracious to all the others I work with, and in thoughts of my family while I am separate from them. Let me be an example of how You and our mindfulness of Your presence can give us all hope. Great Spirit, help me to say “Yes” to each moment, as Tara Brach has written, and find Your perfect living light in each being I have the privilege to see.
I bow in deep gratitude to Your wisdom, knowing already You are working within me to transform what is limited and feels so small, into a soul steeped in gratitude and love for every aspect of your creation. Blessings to all sentient beings, and to all You have brought into being. Namaste’.