“I think we identify with people who can’t help themselves. I never realized that until Virginia died,” said Diana Costine, RN, an emergency room nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital featured on ABC’s reality TV series NY Med.
The “Virginia” referred to is Virginia Dunn, a homeless woman Costine calls a “frequent flyer” because she’s been coming to the ER for 20 years with drug and alcohol problems. Dunn is the type of person most of us would do our best to avoid in the street. Yet Costine and her colleagues treat her with the highest level of dignity, respect, and compassion. They are concrete examples of God’s love in action.
Regardless of what vocation you’re called to, offer a heart and a hand to those in need of help.
Let love be genuine. (Romans 12:9)
Fill my heart with compassion for the helpless, Lord.