As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." -John 9:1-5
One of our most faithful volunteers lost a parent last week. Early this week, a longtime SHC donor passed away. This morning I got a call that a relative had died. I grieved another death and realized it was time to go to work. As I drove in, I thought it was fitting to work amidst the sadness: we work while it is light. In this work, we do our part--as God gifts and guides us--to promote health, flourishing, freedom, hope. Our part may seem small when we're surrounded by grief, but we believe He is in it. As one volunteer wrote, "I can see God working in you and all of the staff."
I reflected on this passage from John 9 with health care professionals at the Summit Church recently and noted three significant impacts of the work at SHC:
the care we offer to patients -- Whether it's chronic disease management, access to a mammogram, or visiting specialists, we provide high quality care to our neighbors who have so much trouble finding it.
the example we offer to our community -- We want to do this work well: not just with our patients, but with our volunteers and our community partners, in Christ's name.
the transformation of future careers and lives -- We have seen volunteers choose new careers, or change the way they pursue career plans. As one future medical student wrote, "I know firsthand that [medicine and faith] can be done together and done well."
Through prayer, giving, encouraging, or volunteering, thanks for helping us do this work while it is light.
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