At a time when the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life everywhere, the brave doctors and nurses are working continuously on the frontlines to make sure that we are safe and sound.
Recently a group of nurses in Nashville came together to pray on the helipad on the hospital for help from God in the current situation.
Angela Gleaves, a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, shared a photo on Facebook of her and four of her fellow nurses praying from the hospital’s helipad.
“When you have a few extra minutes at work you take the time to go to the Helipad and pray,” Gleaves wrote. “We prayed over the staff in our unit as well as all of the hospital employees. We also prayed over the patients and their families during this trying time.
“We also prayed for all of our colleagues around the world taking care of patients. It felt good to do this with some of my amazing co-workers. We could feel God’s presence in the wind. Know that you are all covered in prayer.”
You can see Gleaves and fellow nurses Sarah Kremer, Beth Tiesler, Tanya Dixon and McKenzie Gibson joined together raising their arms in prayer and also praying on their knees.
Kremer had asked Gleaves the night before for the special prayer session on Kremer’s birthday on Monday. “We just wanted to share (the pictures) to let everyone know that we were praying not only for our hospital but all the patients and the families,” Gleaves said “It’s just a really hard time for families as well as patients right now because a lot of hospitals aren’t allowing visitors.
“It was a great moment. There was a little bit of wind, and I felt like it was God pushing us to care for these patients and do what we’re trained to do.”
Gleaves, is a registered nurse for the last 22 years and is used to be on the helipad as she formerly served as a flight nurse who cared for patients during helicopter and airplane transport.
She got in touch with the flight communicator for the hospital and made arrangements so that she and her fellow nurses got 10 minutes to go up on the helipad to pray.
“That was the first time we did that, and now people are like, ‘Can we do this once a week?’” Gleaves said. “We’ve all been texting each other about different places we can pray with more of our employees. It’s just hard because we don’t always have the time to get away.”
“All the outpouring of love and support of companies donating masks and people sending these donations has just been beautiful,” Gleaves said. “We see it as God working through others and wanting to bless others.”
“Our physicians, nurses and staff are working around the clock to provide world-class care to COVID-19 patients from across the region we serve,” a hospital spokesperson said in a statement. “We care deeply about their safety while at work, as well as their physical and mental well-being.”
The photo has become viral since being posted on Facebook on Monday and received many comments and likes from users.
Gleaves is thankful for the outpouring of support for doctors, nurses and other health care workers during this crisis. “I keep telling everybody ‘faith over fear,”’ she said. “We just have to keep going. I really don’t go to work scared. I understand why some people do because of family and kids at home, but I just try not to be fearful.
“I just wear the proper protective equipment, follow our protocols, and pray that we’re all gonna be OK. We’re just asking everybody to stay at home and do the right thing to help this from spreading more. We hope and pray that this gets out of here quickly!”
Related: A group of nurses holding a prayer circle in Miami asking God for protection and guidance.
Let us keep praying for these brave health workers who risk it all for the safety of the general public and commitment to their profession.