Gift of Encouragement and Healing

Good Morning Sara, I’d like to share with you, this beautiful letter that one of our physicians, Dr. Dimartino, sent to the CEO, after losing his father, recently. I know how you like to read and write, and I was so moved by his words.

“I compose this letter in gratitude to the staff of Chowan Hospital for their gentle and generous care of my father during his recent illness, and especially to the staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit, in whose compassionate hands he was fortunate to be in the days of his waning and death.

How surprised I was, after all the years I’ve worked in hospitals and nursing homes– popping in and out, writing a note, barking a little — to see as I sat with my father day by day the quiet movements of the place, barely noticed before. I received a powerful education in Christianity watching the aides and nurses as they quietly, unobtrusively made their rounds; turning the bedridden at two hour intervals, changing soiled diapers, bathing sallow wasted bodies. Each of these women has her own story; many of those stories are more tragic than the one my father and I were enduring, yet they performed this humblest work in love and compassion, their hands moving in self-forgetting peace and joy, drawing strength from their work. What an incomparable gift, to have the Lord’s hands.”

One never knows how they can encourage, strengthen, or uplift someone…….while they are passing through a “dark” time in their life? I am encouraged today, after this letter, to do my job……as unto the Lord. Lord, help me to be used by You, and give my coworkers and I, the strength, knowledge, and humility, to continue to care for those in need. Thank you, Father for my job. Tammy, (Needles)

Above letter from:
Thomas Dimartino, MD
Chowan Medical Ctr
201 Virginia Rd
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: (252) 482-2116
Fax: (252) 482-4874


10 thoughts on “Gift of Encouragement and Healing”

  1. I am very impressed and a bit jealous of Dr. Dimartino’s gift and skill of writing. But, I will turn my jealousy into praise of his gift that came from the heart of God. I must say, the first thing that came to my mind was “WHOA, what a wonderful father this man had.” What love son had for father to be so lovingly by his bedside as he prepared to meet his Master.

    Dr. Dimartino has shared his spiritual gift of encouragement and healing with us. This scripture comes to my heart as I say a little prayer of comfort for Dr. Dimartino as he, family and friends grieve the loss of his father.
    “Provide for those who grieve…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV).

    I pray with Tammy and others, Dear God, Give us a garment of praise so that we can be a display of Your splendor like Dr. Dimartino and his father. In Jesus’ Name. .

  2. My heart and soul are so moved by this “epistle of love to the brethren” from the gateful heart of one who, as a physician, has seen suffering, sacrifice and the humility of these selfless nurses…. angels of mercy, really! The anointing for this kind of work can only come from the Father of Lights and the willing spirit they display is a tribute to The Lord and Master Whom they serve.
    “Oh that OUR light would so shine before men that they might see our good and godly works and worship and praise the Lord God Almighty, the Giver of gifts and of Life.”

  3. Sara, this is a lovely expression of gratitude from the Doc. We certainly feel the same about Mama’s care. It is a job that so many people just take for granted, and do not stop to be thankful for those who care for those who cannot care for themselves. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a beautiful letter from the Doctor. He generously gave with his words even though he must have been experiencing pain and loss. His writing is like a gentle breeze that brings reflection, causing us to pause and appreciate all the medical caregivers who touch our lives in some way.

  5. thank you for sharing this beautiful letter of love and thankfulness….I am very thankful for the nurses and the aids of icu and am aware of the love and total heart that goes in what they do as watched the care too given to my father who passed away of cancer….tenderness and true care was and is given and even more so when the heart if filled with Jesus….He indeed comes through their hands and their words……thank you Tammy and Wendy and all the others that have this call on their lives….and thank you Jesus for such gifts to mankind…

  6. What a beautiful letter of one who saw the loving, caring, and dedicated hands extended to his father. It is so wonderful that the doctor was observant of the love being poured out through the nurses that Jesus could have only orchestrated. As we sit and wait God shows us things we might have missed when busyness was our schedule for the day. It is wonderful that the Doctor also took the time to honor the compassion and humbleness in the nurses who provided for his father’s care. Often we think about writing a thank you. But of all the thoughts only a few follow through. Lord we thank you for all who serve in the medical field and all who stop to write thank you’s when they see a job well done .

  7. Rena your comment about the thank you follow well illustrates Sara’s recent ‘Quote for the Day’: “It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” I am grateful also that the Doctor was a man who not only noticed but took action.

  8. Tammy, thank you for taking the time to share this letter with us. I heard a song tonight on TV by Dolly Parton that made me pause and think about our reaching out and sharing….and yet at times taking too much for granted.

    I’m to the point where it don’t add up
    I can’t say I’ve come this far with my guitar on pure dumb luck
    That’s not to say i know it all
    ‘Cause everytime I get too high up on my horse I fall

    ‘Cause I’ve got
    Somethin’ lifting me up
    Somethin’ holding me down
    Somethin’ to give me wings and
    Somethin’ to keep my feet on the ground
    I’ve got all I need,
    Jesus and gravity

    But I’m as bad as anyone
    Taking all these blessings in my life for granted one by one
    When I start to thinkin’ it’s all me
    Well somethin’ comes along and knocks me right back on my knees
    and I’ve got

    Somethin’ lifting me up
    Somethin’ holding me down
    Somethin’ to give me wings and
    Somethin’ to keep my feet on the ground
    I’ve got all i need, Jesus and gravity

    He’s my friend
    He’s my light
    He’s my wings
    He’s my ?

  9. What a beautiful letter written from the heart of one of our wonderful physicians. The words of this letter has touched my heart. Dr. Dimartino is a wonderful physician full of love and compassion for his patients. I pray that the Lord will comfort he and his family. May the Lord’s love, compassion and mercy shine through his children. Psalms 112:4 “Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.” May God’s compassion and mercy shine, even through the darkest times. Thank you Dr. Dimartino for such wonderful words.

  10. ” What an incomparable gift, to have the Lord’s hands.” says Dr. Dimartino

    Have I looked at my hands today? In the writing of the palmist we read and sing we lift up holy hands and we understand that to be, we lift holy hearts unto the The Lord in adoration, humility and loyalty. God looks at the heart and we have often wondered how to see our hearts. Well, the teacher/Doctor has given us the revelation, see what your hands are doing and you get a glimpse of what the eyes of God are watching on your video/ipod screen.

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