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Finding the light in the dreary grey

Christina Faulk and I working the floor in this crazy world of healthcare.

My husband sees the world in black and white. Me, I see all the colors of the rainbow. Some would call that shades of grey, but that sounds dreary compared to all the rainbow colors in that prism created by light.

The world is grey right now. It's January and the days are the usual, dreary January grey.

Our nation is in a season of grey. There is so much bitterness and division in our country. We seem to have lost the light Jesus gave each of us as we search for the light that creates all those colors in the rainbow.

A pandemic has overtaken the world, leaving many of us feeling like we live in a grey world with little light in our isolation and fear.

These past few months, I’ve been blessed to watch an elegant dance of grit and grace that could light the entire world. Our healthcare workers have been walking that tightrope of following their compassionate, caring hearts with the state health department's always complicated mandates that have become even more stringent with Covid.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29

Jesus calls us to walk in his footsteps of humility and service. This week I am blessed to watch the closest thing to that humility and service this side of heaven as I support the nurse aides in the nursing center on our campus.

For the last ten months, the nurses and nurse aides on our campus have been overwhelmed, and this past week, everything became even more urgent as Covid entered the building. Staff with Covid and the current staffing crisis in Ohio created a perfect storm of exhaustion for everyone.

When we choose to take up our cross and follow Jesus in humility, we find rest for our weary souls. There is freedom when we choose to put others over ourselves when we take His yoke and let Him lead us.

Jesus never made it about Him. He emptied himself and became a bond-servant as he took on our humanity. (Philippians 2:7) He left the comfort of heaven to come to this broken world only for us. It wasn't about Him.

I often struggle with making it about Jesus and not me, being the humble servant that Jesus called me to be. Humility is not my best trait.

Healthcare workers, nurses, nurse aides, dietary, housekeeping, transportation, and maintenance have chosen to make it about others. They choose every day to help others, who sometimes are not easy to help. Yet, they do it with grace and compassion.

I am inspired by these men and women that live so much like Jesus. Their light shines so brightly; it's like taking a brush and painting this grey and dreary world all the colors of the rainbow. It is my prayer that they find the rest Jesus offers in this storm they are navigating. Maybe, just maybe, their light is the balm this world needs at such a time as this.

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