Daily Reflection 30th June

Working Life of a General Practitioner

Today we continue our occasional series on working life during the pandemic. Doctor Huw Evans attends St. Mary’s Conwy, and was confirmed there last year. Here he reflects on his current experience as a General Practitioner.

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St. Luke the Physician at Norwich Cathedral
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Yr oedd credinwyr yn cael eu chwanegu fwyfwy at yr Arglwydd, luoedd o wŷr a gwragedd. Yn wir, yr oeddent hyd yn oed yn dod â’r cleifion allan i’r heolydd, ac yn eu gosod ar welyau a matresi, fel pan fyddai Pedr yn mynd heibio y câi ei gysgod o leiaf ddisgyn ar ambell un ohonynt. Byddai’r dyrfa’n ymgynnull hefyd o’r trefi o amgylch Jerwsalem, gan ddod â chleifion a rhai oedd yn cael eu blino gan ysbrydion aflan; ac yr oeddent yn cael eu hiacháu bob un.

Actau 5: 14-16

Believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
Acts 5: 14-16

Dr. Huw Evans writes:
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As is true for all of us, this pandemic has meant changes. The challenge for me is providing good care while also trying to maintain social distancing.

Sometimes there are difficult situations. For example, when normally I would visit someone who is ill, I must now balance this with the risk of spreading the virus. I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom is discerning God’s will in such situations.

Currently our Lectionary (daily church Bible readings) includes The Acts of the Apostles. If I’m feeling despondent I think of the Early Church.

When a pandemic would strike in ancient times those with the means would flee. The Early Church was different. Members of the Church would stay and care for the sick. This strange behaviour drew the attention of others, they were told about Jesus of Nazareth. Some came to believe. The Church grew.

Many now believe that care for the vulnerable is a universal and timeless human value. Not so. In ancient times a vulnerable person was seen as an opportunity for exploitation. The Early Church believed in the sanctity of human life. They cared for everyone without discrimination. They did not practice infanticide. They gave love.

Let us as members of the same Body of Christ follow the Early Church and give love away. Love is not so much an emotion but an act of the will: to will the good of the other. It increases in the measure it is given away.


Prayer
We come to you in confidence.
Confidence not in our own righteousness but in your love towards humankind.
We pray for world leaders with the complex challenges they face.
We pray for the Church.
We pray for one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
united and at peace in accordance to your will.
We pray for the Bro Celynnin Ministry team
and for all those involved in evangelisation.
We pray for an end to violence.
Violence towards the unborn, in households and on the street. 
We pray for an end to racism,
especially racism towards our black brothers and sisters.
We pray for those who are ill,
especially praying for those who are dying alone because of coronavirus.
We pray for our family and friends.
We also pray for our enemies.
Give us the grace to reach out to them in reconciliation.
Rather than judge others we pray for the strength to look honestly in the mirror, to identify our sins and through your grace to tackle them.
Please accept these prayers if they are aligned to your will.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen. 
Dr. Huw Evans

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