In Honor of Nurses Day – Blessing of the Hands

jake-thacker-113197Blessing of the Hands     

Blessed be these hands that have touched life.

Blessed be these hands that have felt pain.

Blessed be these hands that have embraced with compassion.

Blessed be these hands that have been clinched with anger or withdrawn in fear.

Blessed be these hands that have drawn blood and administered medicine.

Blessed be these hands that have cleaned beds and disposed of wastes.

Blessed be these hands that have anointed the sick and offered blessings.

Blessed be these hands that grow stiff with age.

Blessed be these hands that have comforted the dying and held the dead.

Blessed be these hands, We hold the future in these hands.

John Hopkins Hospital 1989

Nurses’ Hands                                                                                                                                                        

May you be blessed with a spirit of gentleness and a heart that is tender.

May you be blessed with a spirit of strength shining within you.

May you be blessed with a spirit of compassion and a fervent caring.

May you be blessed with a spirit of courage, daring to be who you are.

May you be blessed with a spirit of openness, understanding and respect.

May the earth hold you.

May the wind lift you ever up.

May the fire draw and warm you.

May the water soothe your soul.

May you walk in the oneness of purpose, extending grace and dignity with your whole being.

Home Health Care Management, Inc 2013
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