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Bless Our Coats, Our Scrubs, Our Suit Jackets
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Malachi 4:2
“And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind [Jesus] and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.” Luke 8:43-44
In Jewish culture, the “wings” of a rabbi’s garment is the fringe of his prayer shawl, called a tallit. This is what scholars believe the woman in Luke’s story who sought healing was touching when she was miraculously healed, the wings of his garment.
There are schools of thought saying this woman was intentionally reaching for the fringe of this rabbi’s prayer shawl, his “wings”, because she believed in faith what the Lord of Hosts spoke to the prophet Micah … that those who revered the Lord would see the Sun of Righteousness rise with healing in his wings. She BELIEVED there was HEALING in Jesus’ garment, because she knew the word of God, and believed him to be the Messiah.
May this same knowledge of the goodness of God’s word penetrate our hearts in this time. May we know that there is healing, freedom, and joy in store when we find ourselves at the feet of Rabbi Jesus. May we all turn to prayer and find healing in His wings, for our hearts, for our spirits, for our bodies, and for our communities.
May we be a neighbor to every person, and believe faithfully with our whole hearts in God’s goodness and mercy. May MERCY be poured out over every patient, every loved one, every technician, every nurse, every physician, and all hospital support staff.
May every garment we wear to work be our own “tallit” – our own prayer shawl – our own covering that we faithfully pray in as we go about the work we have been called forth to do.
Bless our coats – may there be great healing in this place when we wear them with faith.
Bless our scrubs – may there be freedom in this place when we wear them with faith.
Bless our suit jackets – may there be joy in this place when we wear them with faith.
Bless our garments.
May we remember your gracious covering,
Your healing nature,
And your joy in our faithfulness,
as we wear these garments each day.