May is a month of celebrations. It is often the first month where it truly feels like spring, a new beginning. We see life all around us, in the beauty of newly blooming flowers, spring showers, green lawns, leaves on the trees, blue skies, birds chirping, sunshine and warmer weather.
May 2nd is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. It’s a time of renewal and a baby’s new life is something very special to enjoy and celebrate.
On May 5th, we celebrate our wonderful teachers. What an honorable and influential calling for one’s life. The greatest of all teachers was Jesus. He was addressed many times in the gospels by the disciples as teacher. Jesus himself used the term when he said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” John 13:13.
May 6th – 12th is National Nurses week, influenced by Florence Nightingale, who shaped the nursing profession and evolved the industry. When I reflect on nursing I often think about the life of Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to caring for the sick and poor. One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “ We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
On the second Sunday in May, we celebrate motherhood on Mother’s Day. This is a day where we pause and say “Thank You” to the women who have given us life, raised us, sacrificed for us, corrected and encouraged us throughout our lives. I reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus, who devotedly surrounded him with her generous faith, hard work and selfless love and actively participated in his saving mission.
When I think about all we celebrate as a community in the month of May, I realize how much of this reflects on the services provided at PDHC every day. For 39 years, PDHC has been a source of hope and help in protecting the God-given intrinsic value of every human life. Without the beauty and joy of life, what would there be to celebrate?
At PDHC, our teachers inspire the lives of middle and high school students, teaching teenagers the importance and impact of making healthy choices to best achieve their life goals. They teach them to value themselves and the importance of healthy relationships and influences in their lives. For all the Teachers out there, we celebrate you for your passion for teaching, your love of the individuals you impact, and your love of the subjects you teach!
Nurses at PDHC possess the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13. They show Faith in trusting God for guidance and wisdom as they provide a listening ear and words of comfort and reassurance to women who are facing challenging or unexpected pregnancies. Hope in trusting that God is in control and leaning on Him to provide them with just the right personalized care for each mom, meeting her exactly where she is at this time in her life. And above all, genuine Love for the women and babies whose lives they are blessed to touch and share in their individual journeys. For all the Nurses out there, we celebrate you for your compassion, expertise and trust.
At PDHC, we empower women to become the best mom they can be through practical support, parenting education programs and an enriching support system throughout their pregnancy and beyond. They become a part of the PDHC family. We celebrate all of the moms, grandmas, godmothers and moms-to-be out there!
Life is a celebration and we are thankful for all of our partners for life in the community whose generosity of time, talents and treasures make all of this possible. Thank you for walking alongside us to rescue lives and impact generations.
Kathy Scanlon, Interim President