Starting 2017 with Thanksgiving
It has been a great privilege to celebrate 175 years of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society, to reflect on God’s provision, direction and protect over so many years and to remember our dependence upon him today and for the future.
Our chief executive, James Wells, wrote this reflection on the anniversary and the work that is still ahead of us.
Let’s start 2017 by continuing our thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness as a reminder that He will be faithful as we follow Him in the years ahead too.
On Sunday 27th November, at the Thanksgiving and Vision Service in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, together we prayed:
Dear Christ the healer and our eternal hope, teach us to nurture, tend and care for all people, as though we tended you, that we may see the Christ in our neighbour and worthy carers of all your people.
May our eyes be opened to see your hand in the work of medicine and healing; may our hands be open to guidance by the power of your Spirit, may we learn your ways of gentleness and compassion and treat all others with the respect they are due as your children.
Lord, you made us people of great ingenuity with skill of hand and pen, science and learning. In past generations you inspired our forebears to initiate this society that has brought hope and health around the world and you formed us to be neighbours to one another.
As you have asked us to care and heal, may we never forget that we are mortal creatures. From earth we come, to earth we return, so give us humility and a caring heart and prosper our work in Jesus’ name.