When I turned my calendar to see what October had in store for me, I was surprised to see so many directions my month was taking me, both professionally and personally! October is always a busy time of year and my verses in the personal devotions I do each day are so appropriately encouraging, uplifting, strengthening and caring that it is as though God is sitting right next to me as I am praying my heart out about life, health, daily walk, etc. How many of you are taking time to walk with the Lord each day? What strengths or weaknesses or questions are you taking to the Lord?
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Psalm 105:4 NIV
In mid-October we celebrate the festival of St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician. For parish nurses, this is a wonderful time to consider the concept of holistic health….the biblical view of wholeness we use as we work to encourage each person to work toward whole health—physical, emotional, spiritual, as well as social, vocational, and environmental. This Biblical concept begins with harmony between a person and God, the source of healing and health helping us to find our wholeness in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Many in our midst have experienced stumbling stones, roadblocks, problems that seem unsolvable in our daily walk. How often, though, do you look back and think, God, you really had it handled all along – just not in the way I was trying to work it. I pray that you continue to turn to His word and strength and guidance each day to provide you with the help you need, rather than the secular approach of ‘holistic health’ – the attitude of harmony within self.
I plan to offer several opportunities for health care and information this month.
Blood Pressure Checks: Sunday, October 16, between services
Morning Tea & Chat: Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 am
“Staying in Shape in the Winter Months”
A special speaker on ways to exercise for everyone
Vision Screening: October 6 and 7 , (still looking for helpers!)
As I work on ways to walk closer with my Lord, I recall a recent devotion about Habakkuk, shipwreck survivor who felt he was abandoned by his God and never going to be rescued. As he returned to his campsite after his morning search for food, he saw his camp on fire, sending smoke billowing up and destroying everything. He cried out to God, “How could you do this to me!” (Forgetting that it was he not God, who left the fire unattended). The next day he heard a sound of a ship approaching the island, and was rescued! When he asked them how they knew he was there, they replied, “We saw your smoke signal.”
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:3
May you be filled with His love, and trust in His guidance this week and always. Please see me if I can help you in your health walk toward wholeness in Him.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace, firstname.lastname@example.org