Thank you for asking me to do the invocation. Now, that you are almost finished, let me take a moment to ask you to never forget why you chose this noble profession of medicine. Don’t lose sight of your purpose as a physician. T.S. Eliot so eloquently put it, “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Keep focused on your mission to heal others and comfort them in their time of need. Guard this profession with integrity with your goal being that at the end of your life you can hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Proverbs 2 says this,
1 My child , if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
3 For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will guard you, (and)
Understanding will watch over you.
Let us pray together:
Heavenly Father! Watch over these young men and women as they move on in this profession of medicine! Thank you for bringing them this far through many trials and tribulations! Bless their eyes that they may see the problems that their patients face. Bless their ears to listen attentively to their staff and those around them. Bless their mouths that that they may give sound instruction and comforting words! Bless their feet that they may go quickly to those in distress. Bless their hands that they may heal those who desperately need them. Most importantly bless their minds that they may know Your purpose for them! Fill their heart with courage and endurance to carry on when there seems to be no hope! And when they complete their tasks, let them be joyful and satisfied; knowing that true healing comes only from You! Thank you for this meal. Bless each one gathered here to celebrate the hard-work of these physicians! We ask all these things in Jesus name! Amen