“Had a Good Bowel Movement Lately?”

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Nursing students at SPU consecrated their budding careers to God at a beautiful worship service Friday night. They led the music, prayed, and listened to a former student share his thoughts on their intended professions from his own personal experience. (He led off by asking how many people get to ask the titular question as a regular part of their job! Hee hee, not too many!)

It only took one look at Kirsten (the glowing nursing student who had invited me to her special night) as she stood singing at the microphone on stage as part of the worship team, to get the proud lump in my throat going. We sang 10,000 Reasons Why (Bless the Lord), a praise song that extols the love of Jesus–a love that is “slow to anger with a heart that is kind.”

The lump in my throat grew bigger.

All the kids who processed in to the sanctuary looked like they were simply overflowing with that kind of loving compassion for others. Singing together, they looked ready to serve, “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.”

If you’ve never heard it, you can hear Matt Redman’s song here:


Leaders anointed the students’ hands with oil (to signify that they would be used in God’s healing work) and gave them each a Gideon’s Auxiliary New Testament (for their own comfort, strength, and encouragement, as they try to comfort, strengthen, and encourage others in their times of deep need).

By the time the students had gathered on stage to sing “Take My Life and Let it Be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee,” I was pretty much a puddle on the floor.

I kept thinking of the nurses who took care of me after having my kids, and nurses who took care of me and got my room moved when I kept throwing up after my thyroid surgery. My roommate in the hospital was much farther along in recovery than I was, and every time she started a loud conversation, I couldn’t handle it.

The nursing students probably don’t know everything that lies in store for them, but I think that most of them know that being a nurse means being there for someone else when that someone else is simply not at their best, and maybe even at the end of their life. That is a true calling.

Perhaps not many of us are called to be nurses; one stint as a “candystriper” when I was young told me that nursing was definitely not my calling. But maybe all of us can consecrate what we do to God’s service in some way, by being “rich in love,” “slow to anger,” and having a “heart that is kind.” I think we can all at least try. The SPU students sure make me want to try just a little bit harder.

Romans 12:1-2–Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.


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About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to “Had a Good Bowel Movement Lately?”

  1. Debbie Austin says:

    Truly inspiring, Sonja!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Debbie Austin says:

    P.S. You got me at the title. hee hee

    Liked by 1 person

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