The word “healer” has taken on new meaning for me in the past year, as I graduated from medical school and started my residency in Boston in the middle of a pandemic. The days are fraught with emotions. Fear every time I walk into a COVID patient’s room. Anger when I see people gathering in large groups without masks or denying evidence. Anxiety when I see a patient’s oxygen requirement escalating. Sadness when I have to call “time of death.”

But I have also been met with joy this year. The joy of delivering good news to patients and their families. The joy of learning about my patients’ lives, spouses, and kids. The joy of building camaraderie with my co-residents and getting to know such an inspiring group of humans. The joy of seeing patients get better and leave the hospital.

I challenge you today to heal by bringing joy to those around you. Bring some extra energy to your work this day, knowing that doing so is healing to others. If you find yourself working from or cooped up at home, take a moment to call/Zoom/Facetime a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while.

Dear God, bless us with joy on this day so we can do some healing in the lives of those around us. Amen.

Ryan Denu, LCM alum 2012

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

-Psalm 147:3