We praise God for all the healthcare workers in Co-Mission who are serving the Lord Jesus during an intensely difficult time. We spoke to Christ Church Mayfair’s Jane, Maggie and Rachel to find out how we can be praying for them – as well as for other healthcare workers and us all during the coronavirus pandemic. You can see interviews with Jane and Maggie, recorded in March and April, in the films below. (Obviously the clinical situation is dynamic and ever-changing, so the situation has evolved since then.)
Jane is a consultant in a hospital which saw a ‘tsunami of cases’ in March, with wards run like a military operation.
For Maggie, her role as a GP has focused on keeping patients safely out of hospital for as long as possible.
Liz also spoke to Rachel who is a radiology registrar working in a hospital.
All three women spoke of the intense emotional and physical strain of their work. In particular, Rachel described a realisation of her powerlessness to stop the virus, the exhaustion of working in a reduced workforce and the loneliness of working long shifts away from family and friends.
God’s care in suffering
How do these women keep going?
God’s promises have been a huge comfort. Jane is reassured by the knowledge that every one of her days is already written in God’s book (Psalm 139:16), including each moment on the ward. Rachel keeps looking to her future with Christ, when God will wipe away all her tears and there’ll be no more brokenness or pain (Revelation 21:4).
How can we pray?
Jane urges us to ask that the Lord, in his mercy, would bring an end to this pandemic, and to pray for Covid patients who are dying alone in isolation.
Maggie’s six-year-old recently noticed that sin spreads everywhere, just like Covid! Maggie reminds us that the eternal consequences of sin make it even more dangerous than Covid. How this should wake us up to the greatness of our rescue by Christ! We really do have a wonderful message to hold out to people at the moment. Let’s pray that we’d take every opportunity to do so.
For Rachel, Maggie, Jane and all the Christian healthcare workers in Co-Mission and beyond, pray that they would keep going in the strength the Lord provides, for his wisdom, love and compassion in their work, and for an unswerving hope in Christ.
The Christian Medical Fellowship have created a helpful guide to caring and praying for healthcare workers. You can see it here.