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‘She has done what she could.’ Mark 14:8 NKJV

Jesus paid one of His greatest compliments to a woman with a bad reputation who poured an expensive perfumed lotion from an alabaster box onto His head: ‘She has done what she could.’ God requires no more of us, and is worthy of no less. One night about 180 years ago, a woman called Florence heard the voice of God telling her she’d a special mission in life. Nine years later that mission began to take shape when a friend sent her information about an institution in Germany where she could learn to care for the sick. In 1853 she became superintendent of a women’s hospital in London. When the Crimean War broke out a year later she volunteered to take care of British soldiers and went to Turkey. Once there, she was put in charge of nursing at a military hospital.

It was a male-dominated society and the doctors were hostile towards her. The hospital was totally filthy, but she stubbornly began caring for her patients. At first, she used what she brought with her and then she began a writing campaign to resupply the hospital. She spent hours each day in the wards, touching virtually every wounded soldier who entered it. The comfort she gave them on her night rounds earned her the famous nickname ‘the lady with the lamp’. Florence Nightingale changed nursing forever. One of her most famous sayings was, ‘I never made an excuse, or accepted an excuse.’ So instead of focusing on the talents and resources you don’t have, use what God has given you.

SoulFood: Eph 5:21–33, S of S 2:1–7, Prov 5:15–19

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Ephesians 5:21–33 (Listen)

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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