113. In the Sickroom

Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 219–221.

Those who minister to the sick should understand the importance of careful attention to the laws of health.

Today we start on the practical section, “The Care of the Sick.” Predictably it starts by emphasising faithfulness but then, surprisingly, Ellen emphasises the carer.

The carer will be most successful when she attends to her own,

  • diet,
  • cleanliness,
  • exercise and
  • getting enough fresh air

These things will give her,

  • physical vigour
  • resilience
  • resistance to disease

That will enable her to be faithful in the little things,

  • paying close attention to needs and dangers,
  • preventing fear, agitation, or petulance,
  • sympathy / empathy

She shouldn’t work day and night but share her duties.

She should pay attention to the sick room especially,

  • constant fresh air
  • maintaining a constant temperature.
  • preparing or ensuring simple and appropriate food.

Tomorrow more duties…

Index to “The Ministry of Healing” readings.

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