Cries for Salvation
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. Psalm 69:1
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. Psalm 88:1
Cries for salvation come from many sectors. Heart attacks, cancer, broken bones, wounds, debilitating physical conditions, and complicated medical challenges are reasons to cry out to God to rescue us, to save us. Financial pressures, economic challenges, and budgetary restrictions cause us pause to cry out for salvation. Social injustices, crime, and violence cause us to pray for salvation. Sometimes God rescues us out of life-threatening situations; sometimes God walks with us through them.
Labor Day Salvation: In a recent conversation with a resident, Mr. H., he shared the account of a close call 47 years ago on Labor Day when the Lord saved him. Mr. H recounted the story to me. On this particular Labor Day, in 1967, he went fishing with his buddies off of the shoreline at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The fishing boat started taking on water through a leak in the hull. Mr. H. started bailing and beckoned his buddies to join him. The small fishing vessel became swamped with water and left the three men in the water stranded and abandoned. Mr. H’s life flashed before him as the fickle fishing boat disappeared under the dark ocean waters. Mr. H. had on a rubber suit and sun glasses. There was no time to put on the life jacket and the life-preserving jacket sank with the water-laden boat. The face of his one-year-old daughter flashed in front of him as he wondered if she would ever know who her daddy was. Mr. H. cried out from the depths of his soul. A nearby boat happened upon the scene, radioed the Coast Guard, and a rescue happened. Mr. H’s Labor Day salvation came at the hands of the U. S. Coast Guard.
In the Scriptures, we read accounts of salvation. King Hezekiah faced a life-threatening illness. Job faced financial and physical debilitation. Jonah faced the belly of the great fish. Jeremiah faced the dankness of a deep well. Paul and Silas were chained together in prison. God saved them as they cried out to Him. What situations and circumstances are we facing today? Where do we need salvation?
In healthcare, we are privileged to walk alongside those patients and residents who are crying out for salvation from the depths of their souls. We are ambassadors of salvation offering God’s hope and healing each day. We have opportunities to cry out with and for someone in our pathway today.
Prayer: Heal us, O Lord, and we will be healed. Save us and we will be saved. You are our praise. In You we hope this day. We trust in Your unfailing love. We rejoice in Your salvation. Equip us to cry out for salvation with and for someone we meet today. Allow us to be distributers of hope, healing, and salvation in Your Holy and Precious Name. Amen.