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In our I LOVE MY CITY series we’ve been exploring different workplaces.

“I feel that I was made to do my job” GP Phil Annetts says.  We consider this to be the case broadly – Jesus has much for us to do as we join him in loving our city.

We gathered for a workplace forum to consider what the Christian faith has to say about health and social care. In the room were many actively involved in medical practice or training as GPs, surgeons, nurses working in hospitals and in hospises, along with those working with the YMCA, St. Petrocks, Foodback and other agencies. We all receive in some way from these.

Phil Annetts, a member of our senior leadership team and a local GP shared to open the evening, before we moved into 45 minutes of discussion around what people love about health and social care, the wrestles and struggles they face, the opportunities presented and support that would be appreciated.

Download the mp3 here: I love health and social care.

The Bible introduces us to a God who cares not just about ‘the spiritual’ but about bodies. The Christian faith is into physicality – presenting a God who cares about what goes in and out of our bodies, and what happens to them.

Humanity is made in God’s image, with all the dignity and value that implies:

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet.  (Psalm 8)

We are made to live in shalom, meaning peace, flourishing, wholeness, soundness, including our bodies.

The Bible’s story tells us of God’s concern for wholeness for people.

Behold, I will bring to it [the city] health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security (Jeremiah 33:6)

And in Jesus we see God’s healing hands:

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. ” (Matthew 4:23)

The Christian expectation is that one day all pain and suffering and illness and death will be over. There will still be opportunity for increasing flourishing, but the needs for health and social care will be healed.

In the meantime we find a world populated by God’s broken masterpieces.

Professor John Wyatt puts it this way:

“The original masterpiece, created with such love and embodying such artistry has become flawed, defaced, contaminated… the reflection of God’s character is distorted and partially obscured. But through the imperfections, we can still see the outlines of the original masterpiece. It still inspires a sense of wonder at the underlying design. The task of health professionals is to protect and restore the masterpieces entrusted to our care, in line with the original creator’s intentions.”

What an opportunity to love our city.

A termly Health and Social Care Forum will be starting after Easter 2015. More details to follow.

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