Sacred Stories | God Has This in Control

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NRSV

I am a community health nurse. After the doctors in our clinic see patients, I reach out to patients and their families to help them with additional needed resources – such as food, transportation, utilities, medicine or eyeglasses, to mention a few.

I made a follow up call to an older male patient after his visit with one of our doctors via telehealth, as is now quite common in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. When I called the patient, his wife answered the phone. Her voice was shaky and she sounded distraught. As we talked, she started sobbing.

She shared that a niece she and her husband helped raise had died the week before, and because of COVID-19 they had not been able to pay their respects. She was also worried about the upcoming COVID-19 test results for her husband; he was running a fever and had recently been around their grandchildren.

Having shared she was a person of faith, I offered words of encouragement. “I believe in looking for the good, even in difficult circumstances,” I said. “God has this in control. Would you mind if I pray with you?”

“Yes, please do,” she said. I prayed with her on the phone.

Afterwards, through tears, she said, “I really appreciate this; you don’t know what it means to me.”

I told her to call if she needed me. The next day she called me and thanked me again for praying with her. “I felt a calmness immediately after we prayed and it has stayed with me,” she said. “Will you continue to pray for me and my husband and family?”

“Absolutely,” I agreed. At home I keep a prayer book and pray daily for those who have ask for my prayers. I am a firm believer in prayer; God has done many good things in my life.

Submitted by Pam Smith

Questions for Reflection

Has there been a situation when prayer helped you through a challenging time?

Reflect on the benefits of remaining positive in the midst of difficult circumstances.

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