'Morning by morning, new mercies I see' is the inspiration for Rev Chris Ramsay of St George's Southall as he brings us the third instalment of our Holy Week series.
Hospitals have been in the news so much over the last two years. We've all been concerned that they could be overwhelmed. And if anything, the pandemic has made us appreciate them more. We stood outside clapping the NHS. Suddenly we realised that, when our lives are in danger, we really appreciate the fact that we have health care on tap.
My church in West London, St. George's, Southall has been supporting Duncan Hospital for a number of years. We're excited to hear that Duncan Hospital is building a new nursing college to train the next generation of nurses to care for the people of the local area. I was struck by a verse from the third letter of John, in chapter one, verse two where it says:
Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health. And that all may go well with you. Just as you're progressing spiritually.
It's really interesting, isn't it? There's a link between the practical, good health that we need alongside spiritual progression. And that's what we pray for Duncan Hospital, that the two would go hand in hand. Spiritual witness and progression - coming closer to Jesus. Alongside the practical needs. We are embodied people. God gave us bodies, and that's why He's concerned about them.
Let me finish with the words from the hymn. Morning by morning new mercies. I see. We've come to appreciate the truth of that in the pandemic. And we pray that God's mercy be shown to the people of Duncan Hospital