Blessing of the Hands
Blessing of the Hands - A Methodist Hospital Tradition
"Lord, you created us with the capacity to heal, to restore, and to offer peace, through whatever our profession or role in healthcare. Hear us when we ask for your refreshing presence in our lives that we, who sometimes tire of caring for others, will now be renewed and reawakened to the blessings of working where others come for healing."
These words, prepared by Chaplain David Latham, are spoken during the annual Blessing of the Hands at Methodist Hospital. This simple, yet solemn occasion beautifully illustrates the power of touch and the great work that our hands do each and every day at Methodist.
The Blessing of the Hands began in 2003, as a way to recognize the work of nurses during National NursesWeek. Chaplain Latham and Chief Nursing Officer, Lois Morgan, worked together to construct a ceremony that thanked the nurses and recognized the extraordinary work they do each day.
The ceremony consisted of Chaplain Latham and Lois Morgan traveling to each department with a cart. A porcelain bowl filled with warm water sits atop the cart. Chaplain Latham uses his hands to pour water over the employee's hands and says,"May your hands be blessed and may this water symbolize God's love for you, pouring upon you and what you do..." Then Lois dries the hands and offers words of encouragement.
As word of this touching event spread throughout the hospital, other departments wanted to be blessed as well. As Chaplain Latham says,"Our hands express the function of caring."It doesn't matter if you care through drawing blood, preparing a meal, or comforting a patient's family.
At Methodist Hospital, our hands teach CPR, care for a premature baby, make lunch, answer the phones, transport patients, administer medication, change light bulbs, sell cards, check temperatures, operate in the middle of the night, supply oxygen, test blood samples, clean floors, and pay the bills.
The 2,704 hands that comprise Methodist Hospital's staff provide our community with exceptional patient care on a daily basis. The Blessing of the Hands cares for our staff so they may continue to care for others.