For the Month of February
First Rockwall UMC is collecting pre-packaged single-serving snacks and notes of encouragement to deliver to the hospital staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and Baylor Scott & White (LakePointe) Hospital. We cannot accept homemade foods. Listed below are suggested care items:
|Microwave Popcorn||Fruit Snacks||Fun-sized Candy||Chips|
|Chewing Gum||Trail Mix||Nabisco Cookie Mix||Rice Krispies Treats|
|Granola Bars||Little Debbie Snacks||Pretzels||Nuts|
|Lip Balm||Travel Size Lotion||Peanut Butter To Go||Applesauce/Fruit Cups|
Drop Off Items in the Blue Barrels (In the front of Church and Mission Corner)
For the Cards/Notes of Encouragement
Your words may be the very thing medical personnel need to hear to get through a difficult day. Let us express our appreciation for their tireless work. Below are suggested phrases and prayers to get you started.
I pray for God to give you the strength to endure the days and weeks ahead.
I pray that you would not be overwhelmed and to trust God for the strength you need for the day ahead.
I pray for the Lord to direct you and provide wisdom as you work to care for and treat neighbors with excellence and compassion.
I pray for discernment as you decide on the safest ways to be around their families and friends.
I pray for you to have confidence and courage as you make difficult decisions.
I pray for God to give healthcare providers peace in the midst of the unknown.
I pray that as you wake up, the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, would surround you with a peace that surpasses understanding and for that peace to go with you throughout the day!
I pray for God to fill you with hope as you fight a disease that is difficult to understand and deadly.
May you be filled with hope, even when things around you seem hopeless.
I pray that you will share the hope of God with those around you: co-workers, patients, and caregivers.
I ask for God to grant sweet rest to you, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
I pray that the Lord would raise up a community around you that will walk with you through this season of increased demands at work and isolation.
Holy God, we give thanks for those who care for the sick at this difficult time. For diligent family practitioners and experienced specialists, we thank you. For care-full nursing staff, cheerful housekeeping workers, and attentive care aides, we thank you. For skilled x-ray technicians, administrators, and support staff, we thank you. Loving God, we know that in hospitals the work of healing is dangerous and challenging, so we thank you for those willing to serve. We acknowledge the sacrifice and continual pressure that is the lot of those who care. May your love sustain them, your peace surround them, and your Holy Spirit inspire them through the most challenging times. Amen.
God who clothes the world in beauty, be with these healthcare workers who must clothe and clean themselves so many times each day. The sanitization protocols are lengthy, exhausting, and the consequence of non-compliance is profound. Be present with them and focus their minds and will. Clothe and protect them with your kindness, compassion, and patience. [Colossians 3:12] Lord, in your mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.
God whose home is in us and among us, guard and protect these healthcare workers as they sleep in garages, basements, or hotels, out of love and concern for exposing their families to the virus. Attend to their weary bodies and give them rest. Remind them that the Son of Man had nowhere to lay his head, and yet even so he was at home everywhere. [Matthew 8:20] Help them to be at home in you, and to know you shall watch over their going out and their coming in all the days of their life. [Psalm 121:8] In Jesus Christ’s name, we pray, Amen.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 75:1,3 “We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds . . . When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.”
Psalm 94:19 “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”