The noise of bombs falling and people screaming woke her up that Sunday morning. Nurse Kathryn Mary Doody was on call, so she leapt out of bed and got ready amongst the confusion. The young Army nurse had just moved to Hawaii a few weeks before, but she was prepared and ready to face whatever December 7, 1941 would bring. The phone rang. It was the operating room, letting Kathryn know she was needed. Ignoring the bombs falling around her, she ran from her quarters to the hospital as fast as she could. For the next 24 hours she cared for an overflowing room of wounded men and assisted with amputations even as bullets hit the pavement outside. Her selfless service that day embodied the Army Nursing Creed: to nurture the most helpless and vulnerable and offer courage and hope to those in despair.
Over two thousand years ago this planet was in the middle of a crisis. It was a crisis that had been going for four thousand years and growing steadily worse. It was then that God sent His Son on a dangerous mission, one that would cost Him His very life. Even before His birth, an angel appeared to His father with these instructions: "Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Jesus came to die! What selfless love. What dauntless courage. What an inspirational example! Let's follow in the footsteps of heroes like Kathryn Doody as we strive to pattern our lives after the life of Christ. Let's make His creed our creed: to nurture the most helpless and vulnerable and offer courage and hope to those in despair.
Learning to be selfless,