Florence Nightingale died on 13 August 1910. She is commemorated in the Church of England Calendar on 13 August.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was the founder of modern nursing. It is relevant that she was a pioneer in the use of statistics. She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of “The Lady with the Lamp” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.
With the arrival of COVID-19, it is appropriate to celebrate all that nurses do for us. There are several medically qualified people in our congregation: we are blessed by their selfless attitudes of care.
This is the best-known hymn by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), who was the daughter of the Rector of St Nicholas, Worcester. She wrote many hymns, but most have fallen out of fashion. She also wrote I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, which is included in this collection.
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love:
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne:
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.