A powerful moment happened Monday on the roof at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Despite the chaos that is working in a hospital right now, a group of nurses used the “few extra minutes” they had, not to eat or drink or sleep, but to pray over the patients and staff.
Angela Gleaves took to Facebook Monday with a series of poignant photos showing her and four other fellow nurses gathered on the helipad at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“When you have a few extra minutes at work you take the time to go to the Helipad and pray,” she 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.”
One of Gleaves’ fellow co-workers, McKenzie Gibson also shared the photos with a quote from the Commoners Communion.
“To pray is to turn over kingdoms,” she wrote. “To kneel in humility and uncertainty of the times toward the certainty of Love and Peace is an act of holy war against anxiety and fear. To silence the voices of doom before the presence of God and stand in prayer for our colleagues fighting in every minute, here and all over the world.”
To all of the incredible medical personnel out there putting their lives on the line for everyone else, we thank you with our whole hearts, and we lift you up in prayer today.
I’m reminded of Exodus 17:12, and this beautiful image of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms. As long as his arms were up, they were winning the battle with the Amalakite army. When they fell, the Amalakites began to overtake them.
Nurses, we are holding your arms up today spiritually, so you can persevere physically. Together, we will win the battle.