Buderim Private Hospital recently held its annual Hospital Blessing for 2024 to bless and pray for the hospital, its teams, staff, volunteers, auxiliary members, supporters, and patients.
The ceremony featured a special sand ritual where everyone in attendance was invited to place coloured sands into a jar in a small act of solidarity.
Shane Mitchell, General Manager, said the service was an opportunity for the hospital community to come together to reflect on the year ahead and that it symbolised renewal and restoration which the hospital provides to patients.
“We gathered to acknowledge and give thanks for the year that has passed and to offer this blessing for the year that is to come,” Shane said.
“It’s important to stop and be intentional and reflect on our part in the legacy that is this hospital, and commit to the year ahead and contributing to a good work environment, activity and outcomes for those in our care and for those who work with us,” he said.
Theo Masselos, Pastoral Care Manager, said he was proud to see the hospital community come together for the sand ceremony to bless its service, so it can continue to help those who seek out the hospital for care and assistance.
Theo said, “The coloured sands represent the many different people whom make us up as a team, who come together to contribute hope and healing to those entrusted to us.”
“The many layers and textures in the sand jar represent the various gifts and skills we offer. The jar itself represents our hospital which we provide our effort through.”
“May we continue the expression of the gift of medicine in this place that gives witness and testimony of God’s love towards us, to others and this world.”
As part of UnitingCare, the Buderim Private Hospital is owned by the Uniting Church and is the only not-for-profit provider of private hospital services on the Sunshine Coast.
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