“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2


One of my challenges as an operating room nurse is I seldom enjoy the fruits of our labors. 

I advocate and care for patients, but I don’t usually know the outcome. I don’t know if what we did was successful.

About two years ago I was on call and was summoned to work in the middle of the night. Our patient had been assaulted and robbed a couple blocks from Borgess Hospital. When I was reviewing the chart, I realized the patient was an acquaintance. He was a Roman Catholic deacon I had met at the Caregivers Conference at Transformations Spirituality Center. I don’t remember much about the case except taking him to the critical care unit.

The next time I encountered that deacon was a few weeks ago when I attended the memorial mass for a nursing colleague. As a non-Catholic, I was invited to receive a blessing instead of communion. I received a blessing from that former patient and it was a WOW moment for me.

On a day I had gone to pay my respects and be a supportive presence, I received far more than I gave. I thought I might connect with old friends and tell stories and laugh. I celebrated two lives that day — my deceased colleague and a healed servant. I was reminded that the work we do impacts many people. I was reminded that GOD IS GOOD — ALL THE TIME.

Prayer:  Loving and gracious God, make each of us healers. Help us find ways to spread your healing message wherever we go. All this we ask in Jesus’ name.


Nathan Martens