Sarah Kremer, a labor and delivery nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, knew her 38th birthday would be unlike all the others. But that didn’t stop her from fulfilling a birthday wish—to gather with her colleagues in prayer for those across the country affected by the coronavirus crisis.
“I felt compelled to ask my friends to join me in prayer due to the fear and anxiety we’re all feeling every day at work,” Kremer told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Kremer and four fellow nurses—Angela Gleaves, Beth Tiesler, Tanya Dixon and McKenzie Gibson—went to the roof of the hospital to ask God to “lay a cover of peace over the entire medical center.”
“We had about 10 minutes that we found in our work day,” Gibson told Fox News. “We had the idea to go up to the highest point of the hospital and intercede for not only our staff—our coworkers underneath us—but … everyone serving on the front lines. Not just medical staff, but in all essential roles across the nation.”
In the midst of caring for critically ill patients, Gibson admitted that the pandemic has put significant pressure on her and her colleagues. “The chaos levels are high; the stress levels are high,” she said.
“However, the joy level is high; the teamwork is high,” she clarified.
Davidson County (in which Nashville is located) has seen coronavirus cases double within the last week and a half. And Dr. Jeffery Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt UMC, estimates that the hospital’s assessment centers across the region are seeing upward of 500 people a day.
But for these nurses, their trust rests in the Lord, their Protector and Provider.
“We want everyone to be comforted in knowing God is always with us no matter what,” Gleaves said. “Our motto right now is faith over fear.”
On this World Health Day, would you join Franklin Graham in praying for all the nurses, doctors and others working around the globe to save lives today?
Photo: Courtesy of Angela Gleaves