February 16th in the Year of Our Lord, 2021

Dear Brethren,

What a morning it is. I awoke this morning and felt that the air in our home was cold. Our electrical power is out and the air outside of our home is -1 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Some might say, “Well we have temperatures like that every winter.” In the deep south this is record low temperature. Since recording temperatures in this area, there has never been a temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit until this morning. The problem is that the infrastructure in this part of the country is not setup to deal with this cold weather or the snow fall that we received the day before or the predicted additional accumulation expected tonight. However, are needs are being provide for in the present. The Lord put it into our minds last week to purchase a power generator, propane fuel and wood for our fire place; therefore, we are able to keep our home warmer than the air outside. Thanks be to the Lord our God: Father and Son and Holy Spirit. 

The next week shall be a challenge for the people in our area. Yesterday, in the hospital, our nurse staffing was low, despite having a full unit of patients. Very little ancillary staff came to work, which made it apparent how much they do to keep the hospital running, so that the nurses are able to care for the patients. We are dependent on housekeepers, laundry service, building maintenance, and food service. When all of these cease, or are decreased, it becomes apparent that we nurses cannot run a hospital without the help of others.

In John chapter 17, verse 11, Jesus prayed to the Father God: “Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.” The Father God and the Son are One. The disciples of Jesus Christ are to be one, for we have one Spirit who proceeds forth from the Father and the Son. We cannot do what the Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to do on our own. We need one another. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded the disciples to go make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe his Word. 

In Christ alone,
Michael Peek
The Nurse Theologian