How can God help me in my work as a nurse?


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a traveling nurse, I get discouraged and depressed because of all the suffering I see and the family tensions that arise. The agony some people go through is truly horrible, and while I can help some patients with comfort care, I feel inadequate to comfort them in their greater need for compassion. How can God help me in my work, and does the Bible speak to this issue? – C.N.

A: There is much we may not fully understand about suffering, but for those who belong to Jesus Christ He does want them to be a blessing to others. Jesus suffered more than any other person to ever live. He suffered death on the cross to bring salvation to a lost and dying world. All around us are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow and they need compassion and encouragement. God often does this through those who serve Him, and certainly He comforts through His Word.

The Bible says, “It is still my comfort … I have not denied the words of the Holy One” (Job 6:10, NASB). The Word of God brings comfort to the sick and dying. He is near to comfort, instruct, guide, and encourage, strengthen, and help. Many doctors and nurses have held the hands of dying people, and they say there is often as much difference between the death of a Christian and a non-Christian as there is between Heaven and Hell.

Every believer should be about the Father’s business by pouring His compassionate love into aching and parched souls that have nowhere to turn, no one to love, and no one to care. Let them see Jesus in us. That is a living testimony.



(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

©2024 Billy Graham Literary Trust. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.





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