“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Gracious God, this Thursday morning we pray for all those who will travel through our hospitals todays; all medical professionals using their expertise and compassion to heal and diagnose others, for patients receiving treatment, for all those who will undergo surgery, for those who will visit as a day patient for ongoing treatment or diagnosis, for all the staff who will clean to ensure a clean, sterile environment, for those who will cook food or serve the hot drinks from the trolley, for the chaplains who will pray with those in need, for the engineers who will maintain heating and electrical systems, for the administrative staff who will check folks in and out, for those who maintain resources,  for all NHS staff. Lord God, our hospitals are a microcosm of a world where healing, compassion, kindness and teamwork are at the very epicentre of everything that occurs. We realise that we must never grow tired of giving thanks for our NHS and so, we hold them in prayer today and ask that Your presence may be felt in every corridor, ward, theatre, kitchen and meeting room. May Your love, support and strength seep into every activity and into the hearts of every one who will pass through our hospitals today. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.