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A Nurse's Prayer

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hoot_owl_rn
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A Nurseís Prayer

Lord, as I go to work today
I offer up this prayer
Here on my knees, I bow my head
In hopes that you might hear

Oh Lord, Iím just a simple nurse
And humbly, now I pray
That with your help, I just might make
A difference today

Let me give them comfort, Lord
At times when things are rough
And give me courage to go on
When I have had enough

Let me say just one kind word
That, in sadness, brings a smile
And give me time, that with the lonely
I can talk a while

Let me touch one single life
Let me ease one single pain
Let me lend my shoulder when
The tears, they, fall like rain

Lord, guide my simple words today
When itís answers that they seek
Give me strength to carry on
When my bodyís tired and weak

Let me ease one broken heart
Let me soothe one crying child
Give me calm when chaos breaks
And everything turns wild

Ease the shaking of my hands
My spirit, please renew
And when it seems there is no hope
Let me put my faith in you

Let them see compassion, Lord
Each time I shed a tear
And when, in death, I hold their hand
Let them feel your presence there

I ask this all of you, dear Lord
As on my knees, I pray
But most of all, I ask you please
Help me make it through the day

†"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me , this has always been enough." ~Nicholas Sparks from The Notebook



[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 12-29-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Nate Dogg
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1 posted 12-29-1999 09:29 AM       View Profile for Nate Dogg   Email Nate Dogg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nate Dogg's Home Page   View IP for Nate Dogg

This is a beautiful and sad poem, hoot. Great job!

 Nathan
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2 posted 12-29-1999 09:35 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Ruth, This is beautiful, what a gift you have for writing. You called yourself a simple Nurse, but I find that hard to believe, a simple Nurse could not write a poem with so much love for her patients and their families. God bless you for giving so much of yourself for everyone whom you come to meet.
Iloveit
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3 posted 12-29-1999 09:42 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

really really beautiful, and yep, you touch many souls and make many of us smile ...hugs
whiskey
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4 posted 12-29-1999 09:42 AM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

So beautiful words, Your a wonderful poet  
hoot_owl_rn
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5 posted 12-29-1999 09:46 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Nate and Whiskey...thank you both so very much

Ilove...thank you, that's sweet of you to say

Lost Dreamer...a big hug for you, you just made my day  
Echo Rhayne
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6 posted 12-29-1999 10:34 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Ruth, this is beautiful, and I am sure that you make a difference everyday whether you realize it or not.  Just by being a nurse you make a difference.  And I know you make a difference here in Passions!  This is a beautiful heartfelt poem!


 ~*~ Hell is not a place of fire and a devil with a tail and horns. But a place of torment because the light of God is gone. To escape this, accept the blood of Jesus Christ! ~*~

devina
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7 posted 12-29-1999 10:39 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

So inspiring are your words, and may God grant you all that, which you seek in this poem!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
hoot_owl_rn
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Echo and devina...thank you both for your kind words  
RSEvans
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9 posted 12-29-1999 11:32 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

May each of your patients see the Lord in you through your faith and turn their own eyes to Him.  Beautiful and inspiring, Ruth.
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10 posted 12-29-1999 11:32 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

May you find all that you search for!
Such caring deserves kindness' reward!
Richard
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11 posted 12-29-1999 11:58 AM       View Profile for Richard   Email Richard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Richard

Oh wow Hoot, this is GREAT work. The emotions are felt believe me. Super poem.
samsonheart
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12 posted 12-29-1999 12:07 PM       View Profile for samsonheart   Email samsonheart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for samsonheart

hoot, this poem is great! I'm going to print it out for my sister, (a nurse), because I believe she will be truly inspired by it.

samsonheart
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13 posted 12-29-1999 12:09 PM       View Profile for Tamera   Email Tamera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tamera

Hoot, you are not just a nurse, but a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Nurses have one of the hardest jobs around, I commend you for your sincerity which you show through your words, a job well done!  
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14 posted 12-29-1999 12:12 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Ruth you have penned a most beautiful prayer...and I know that your kind heart is making a difference in lives every day. I know your lovely words touch my life in a wonderful way...the compassion you have for your patients (and all of us here at Passions too!) shines like the brightest of stars.  

Awesome writing, friend      


 It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain


hoot_owl_rn
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RSEvan...thank you so much
Christopher...you know I wish the same for you my friend  
Richard...thank you
Samsonheart...thank you, I hope she enjoys it  
Tamera...I love my job, even at those times when I'd love to hate it....thank you
Caroline...thank you from the bottom of my heart, your words brought a smile to my face  
Paul Hoekman
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16 posted 12-29-1999 11:38 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

You have written a beautiful prayer that
could fit anyones life, it fits mine , so I have just prayed it hope you don't mind.
              with faith,
                   Paul
                
Nan
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17 posted 12-29-1999 11:59 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ruth, you make a difference for someone somewhere every single day...
Dark Angel
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18 posted 12-30-1999 12:08 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

What a beautiful prayer this is. I am sure that the lord will grant it.   Well Done!!! as usual   You're a loving, giving and kind person Ruth. God Bless!!

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Eloise
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19 posted 12-30-1999 02:02 AM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Hoot, this was absolutely beautiful.  If ever I should need a nurse I hope it would be someone like you with so much love and compassion.  Bless you and all caretakers.
DreamEvil
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20 posted 12-30-1999 05:28 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Right glad I am to have been directed here and to have the opportunity to bring it back up.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvil©
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"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

Count Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
(Marquis de Sade)

U K Hero
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21 posted 12-30-1999 05:39 AM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

worthy of praise a wonderful poem for the hardworking and dedicated nurses of the world. (just a small point and not one to diminish the poem, but what is the nurse smoking!)
hoot_owl_rn
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Laughing....UK...she has a thermometer in her hand and is looking at it  
adam
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23 posted 12-30-1999 06:19 AM       View Profile for adam   Email adam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for adam

my sister is a nurse,and i am glad
to see this poem. respect is easier to take, than to give.
         what better way to give
your respect,nice job

      
Adam


 
hoot_owl_rn
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Paul, Nan, Dream Evil, Eloise, UK, Dark Angel, and adam....thank you all  
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