HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE THE NEW SUPERHEROES
While there are a variety of levels of COVID-19 impact in our nation, health professionals all across the nation are doing things differently. Not just a short-term burst of injuries in the ER, or an outbreak of rotavirus in a community, doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities, and hospitals are now the front lines in the long-term battle against COVID-19. How can we be praying for the new normal for these health professionals?
It is all hands on deck testing, treating, and caring for those who are affected by the virus. They are working in an elevated threat of contamination, and fear and panic among patients are high. But in addition to these elevated levels of care, health care professionals have other impacts to think about as well.
They are wondering about the impact this virus will have on their own health and the health of their families. They are planning for the home such as separation of living spaces and bathrooms and when such separation should be implemented. They are adopting new protocols for their arrival home after duty including such details as immediately taking off shoes, removing and washing clothing, and immediately showering. New protocols at the hospital and at home are a daily must. Not only are they dealing with treating the patients they have, but they are working hard to protect themselves and their families as well. Michelle from a Leesburg, Virginia hospital shares “I personally have just been praying for God to give me the strength to make it through each shift, and not to be afraid so that I can give the proper focused care to my patients.”
There is definitely increased anxiety among overworked caregivers. Deana, a nurse from Winston-Salem, North Carolina tells us, “Pray that we don’t cause our family members to get sick. I’m more worried that I’m going to bring the virus home to my boys.”
Long work hours, additional sanitation protocols, and juggling family care while quarantined makes this time particularly stressful and overwhelming for many health care professionals. Let’s pray the following prayer points for them at this time:
- Pray Psalm 91 protection over them as they work–protection in their coming in and in their going out.
- Pray peace upon them as they navigate heightened levels of public fear, concerns of personal or co-worker infection, and an unknown end to the spread.
- Pray for innovation as they treat patients–give them Godly wisdom to find solutions and treatments that can help their patients.
- Ask God for an increase–increased patience, increased energy, increased compassion in this stressful time.
- Pray they would draw near to God during this time.
- Pray that they would see miracles and healings that can build their faith and encourage them in their care.
Share these prayer points with others, so that we may build a wall of prayer around the health professionals in our nation. If YOU are a health professional, share below how we can be praying for you!
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