prayers for nurses healthcare workers

Healthcare workers need our prayers.

I woke up before my alarm at 5:20 a.m. this morning. Maybe it was a mother’s intuition. Maybe it was an anxious heart.  Two states away in Oklahoma, our daughter Meghan should have been waking up in her one-bedroom apartment and getting ready.

She won’t be setting up a home office today. She’s not going to binge watch Netflix in her pajamas. And she doesn’t have time to scavenge the grocery stores for sanitizer and toilet paper. 

You see, our daughter is a cardiac ICU nurse. She and thousands of other healthcare professionals are going to work today to care for the sick in the middle of a pandemic. They don’t know what cases will be waiting for them when they arrive. Their minds are filled with endless questions.

Will there be enough beds? Enough ventilators? Enough protective equipment for the staff? Enough medicine? Enough time? 

Our hearts go out to her and her colleagues and I just want to be able to do something. But because of my own heart failure and suppressed immune system, I can’t be there. I can’t make her a home cooked meal or help her clean and organize her apartment. I can’t give her a hug at the end of her 12-hour shift or drop off her favorite latte. 

But with my loving husband, I can and I will pray. We hope you’ll join us. 

prayers for healthcare workers in pandemic

Prayers for healthcare workers

Lord, we pray these scripture prayers for healthcare workers around the world and for our daughter, Meghan, during this time of pandemic and uncertainty. 


Psalms 90:17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

May your favor be showered upon our healthcare workers, God. Give them favor and place a hedge of protection around their bodies to guard them from illness so that they can care for the sick. Protect their families and their homes from disease. And use them, Lord. Do your works through their hands so that all may know you and experience your grace. 


Phillipians 4:6-7 

Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

We know these are difficult times. And so we turn to you in prayer. We lift up our world’s healthcare workers to you and ask you for their safety. We ask that you would open up supply lines and make available the materials, tools, and medicines which are so desperately needed. Father, we ask that a vaccine and a cure be found. We thank you that you have given healthcare workers the knowledge and skills they have, as well as hearts to care for others even when it means putting their own lives in danger. We ask that you be with the workers and the sick, that you would bring a calm upon them and give them the strength they need to continue serving during this pandemic. Let them know that you are with them, and bring them peace.


Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Lord, we ask that you be with all the healthcare workers of this world. We know that you are there with them, fighting alongside them. And if you are with them, what can stand against them? We are comforted that you are there, beside them, in front of them, behind them, and we know you will provide strength. For that, we thank you. You are God, and you will prevail. 


Psalms 34:4 

I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 

Father, we are so glad that we have you, that we can seek you and know that you will be there for us. We know we can rest because you will lift the burdens of this world from us. If we have you, we have nothing to fear. 


Ephesians 3:20 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

Every good thing that you have promised us through your Holy Word, we believe Lord Jesus you will fulfill them in us. We cannot even comprehend how this virus spread so quickly and how many lives have been impacted. But more than that, we cannot fathom how you will answer our prayers and abundantly care for our every need. Show us your mighty power and let us put our trust in you. 


More scripture prayers for healthcare workers

 

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

God, I pray you would give the world’s healthcare providers and their families the rest they so desperately need. Lord, would you quiet their minds when it is time to sleep and let them rest in the faith and knowledge that you are in control. May they feel safe and secure, knowing that you have them and their patients in the palm of your hand and that you will carry their burdens.


Philippians 4:19 

But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Almighty God, hear our prayers for healthcare workers. We know that you created everything, and everything belongs to you. Your richness is beyond our imagination. And we know that you will provide for us, that you want nothing but the best for us. We pray to you, Father, that you would provide for our healthcare workers and that their needs would be met at this difficult time. 


Psalm 105:8 

He has remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Faithful Lord, you are a covenant keeper and will never forget the promises you have given us. You vowed to remember your love to a 1,000 generations. We pray, Lord, that you would be faithful to those whom you have chosen to be nurses, doctors, and all those in healthcare. Lord, would you remember their families, as well, and restore in them a faithfulness in your covenant.


Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Loving Father, we don’t understand everything that is happening right now. But we do know that you are at work, even in bad times, turning the bad things happening into things that will be good for us. We trust in you. We know that in this world we were never guaranteed freedom from trials, difficulty, sickness, or death. Indeed, You did not spare these things from your own son, Jesus, when he was on this earth. But we know that when we look back when this illness has passed we will see that good things did happen, and we’ll know that you were here with us the whole time. And in all those things, may you be glorified. 

Amen. 

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We were so excited when we found eggs in the nest two house finches built in a fern on our front porch in Pawhuska, Okla. When we posted a picture of the nest last week, several readers pointed out that one of the eggs was not like the others - - it was a cowbird egg.⁣
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Cowbirds, it turns out, have kind of a bad reputation. It seems that they don’t build nests of their own. Instead, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and let the other birds raise their chicks. The cowbird chicks tend to develop faster than the other nestlings, and sometimes out compete them for food and resources. Because of this, there are those who give advice to remove the cowbird egg from the nest. ⁣
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According to an article we read on the Audubon Society’s website, though, there are several reasons to leave the cowbird egg in place: ⁣
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First, cowbirds are native to North America and have been here for millions of years and we are never going to teach them how and where to lay their eggs a different way. ⁣
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Second, cowbirds are, like all other songbirds, protected in the US. In short, it’s illegal to remove their eggs.⁣
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Third, cowbirds have been known to check the nests where they leave their eggs and will, occasionally, destroy nests from which their eggs have been taken. As a result, all of the resident chicks would be killed, as well, instead of one or two being outcompeted for resources. ⁣
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Because of these reasons, we decided to let the natural process play out in our fern. We’ll see what happens. But what we do know is that the cowbird hatched first...and that chick is hungry.
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Most importantly, we got to see our daughter, Meghan. She is an ICU nurse in Tulsa and because of her potential exposure to coronavirus, we'd not spent any time together in months. But Ann found a way to create a safe (and decorative) outdoor space for all of us to visit, share a few meals, and just be in each others' presence. We can’t tell you what a comfort it was to see her again. ⁣
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In this time of sickness and uncertainty, it was nice to have a clean, safe place to get away. We are so thankful to have found this gem of a town, so many supportive and caring friends here,  and a second place to call home.
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We've shared the results a few times on social media and many of you have asked for the recipe, so he wrote a blog post about it. We've included a link in our bio with step-by-step instructions on how to make it. ⁣
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If you bake this artisan bread, we'd love to hear about it (and see a photo). Just be sure to tag us @postcardjar. ⁣
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We love this bread plain, with olive oil and seasoning, as toast with almond or peanut butter, and grilled for bruschetta. If you use the #Noom app like us, it is about 100 calories a serving (12 servings in loaf).
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Both Steve's grandfathers and Ann's grandfathers all served in the military and fought in WWII. We took this photo a few years ago at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where Ann's grandfather, Donald Shrewsbury, was laid to rest.
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⁣They are travel experts on everything Minnesota and will also be sharing some of their favorite Midwest destinations in honor of #NationalRoadTripDay! ⁣
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⁣Lindsey and Cole have traveled the world and love finding hidden gems and writing about them on their blog, Look About Lindsey (link in bio). You’re going to love their personalities as much as their incredible photography so be sure to watch our stories and say hello.⁣
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⁣And, to see our picks for best Midwest road trips, follow @lindseyranzau where we’ll be taking over her IG stories. It’s going to be a blast and we hope you’ll come along.
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We encourage you to check out our stories tomorrow to meet Cole and Lindsey (they are so much fun) and follow @lindseyranzau where we'll be sharing some of our favorite Midwest travel experiences on their Instagram stories. When the time is right and you feel you can travel safely, we hope you'll consider a road trip in the Midwest. ⁣
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You can check out the Look About Lindsey blog at the link in our bio. ⁣
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  • The @pwmercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, reopened today. We have talked to folks here who said employees have been working hard to clean and sanitize everything. On our walk today, we noticed that hand sanitizer that was readily available, tables were spaced out, and Merc employees were wearing face masks in accordance with CDC recommentations. We hope visitors to our little town will also do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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