He is faithful

He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24, RSV

6:00a.m- I sit at my desk located in front of my north-facing window on the third floor of the faculty medical offices. I contemplate the day and wonder what will cause it to be different than anticipated. What successes will be achieved today? Will I encounter setbacks that will delay progress with various key initiatives? In the dark of the morning, I thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve at His institution.

6:48a.m.- The sun begins to shine on the top of Mt. Baldy as the majestic colors of sunrise begin to blast against the rocks on the tip of the mountaintop. I am reminded of the omnipresence of our Creator and the light He promises in a world of darkness. Whether as administrators, as physicians, as staff, or as student, He so desires His people to serve others and work within His will. As the sun begins to rise in the east and shine brighter and brighter in a westward direction, I thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve at His institution.

6:55 a.m.- The sun has now lit up the whole mountainside to the west with brilliant colors and hues. The grandeur reminds me of God’s awesome ability to heal. I pray a prayer for all the people within this institution who will commit their day to healing and teaching. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve at His institution.

7:13a.m. – The sun has risen and Loma Linda University Medical Center is fully illumined. The cream color of Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital glows bright yellow in the fresh light. My heart is full to overflowing. The Holy Spirit appears to be shining down on the building, granting a special blessing to those who are within. I ask the Lord to bless our patients with strength, encouragement, and hope. I pray for the many workers and students throughout the entire building who will soon fill the halls or be at their posts. I pray that each and every one of them will have discernment, energy, and compassion for those they serve. Before I begin the day grind of my morning activities, I express one last word of thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to serve at His institution.

May the words of Paul bring you confidence as you place the trials of the day into His hands. It is my prayer for you that whatever your day brings, you can approach your day as a servant of the One and most powerful God who promises to be with you always. Say a word of thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to serve.

– David Wren, LLUSPH class of 1988, received an MHA degree

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