Compassion for one

The Doctor's Life Support for 12 January

The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow.

Psalm 146: 9

Walking into the room I saw her lying alone in the middle of a large bed. Her breathing was harsh and there was a white coating on her tongue. As I held her, looking into her eyes, two little brown ones met mine; I tried to control my tears which were wanting to spill over. The following day it was decided that I should devote my time to this little baby who had been abandoned by her parents. We named her Precious. For the week that followed I cared for her – very quickly she took a big place in my heart. I was on my elective. I wondered at God’s economy in sending me so far to take care of an abandoned child for such a short period. It showed me something of how much God cares. I felt very inadequate as a second year student, unable to communicate or help, as I accompanied Precious to various hospitals. Time to leave came quickly. Precious was still in hospital. The scripture God gave me that morning was, ‘Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. … The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow.’ (Psalm 146: 5, 9) I was reminded that God had entrusted her to me for that short time and that I was placing her back into his arms. From this experience I realised how much God cares for individuals. I find it easy to get in the numbers game, feeling I am only effective if reaching numerous people. Yet how often Jesus spent time with just one. Each patient, each colleague, an individual that God cares for and has gone to enormous lengths to reach. May he reach them through me.


Written by Sophia Lamb Rep. from Ireland

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