Parish Nurse Health Tips for July 9, 2017

Parish Nurse Health Tips for 07-09-17


With all the beautiful summer days we are having and with VBS just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to review some thoughts on First Aid from a whole person viewpoint.

…from the physical dimension we read in Psalm 139: 13-14 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  It is important to care for our bodies by preparing a simple first aid kit that will cover the types of injuries we might encounter on our summertime activities.  Basic items like hand sanitizer, Q-tips, antibiotic ointment, scissors and tweezers as well as plenty of band aids of several sizes, tape, elastic wraps, cold packs, gloves, plastic bags.  Today we can find various sizes of first aid kits ready made with most of the items you need.

First aid from the emotional dimension has us focusing on Romans 12:9 that tells us to live in harmony with one another.  Much prayer is needed in the unrest we see in our world, especially that we are careful to share with our young family members the wonderful way God can help us focus on the positive…Honor one another above oneself, be faithful in prayer for one another and share God’s love with those who are in need.

We all know, as children of earthly parents and children of God, that we also need first aid in our spiritual life.  Ruth Daumer, in Seasons for Wholeness Vol. 3 tells it well.  First, to cleanse our wounds, we need confession.  If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jn1:9).  Second, we need to dress our wounds, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14). Third, we need to be healed of our diseases and infirmities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Is.53:5)  Fourth, as we are nourished with the Word and Sacraments we are enabled to live healed lives in which we: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 26:28; Mk 12:30-31).

I plan to hold these reminders of the great physician in my heart each day!  For those who are planning to come to VBS, we will hear even more of the healing strength of our Lord.  I am looking forward to a well-stocked First Aid Kit this year.  I hope you have one, too.

God be with you in all your walks and in all your ways.

Cynthia Rutan RN, Parish Nurse at Peace,