Ebony & Ivory

Good morning! 

I’ve had the most delightful monrh. I have been acting as a preceptor for another Saint Francis Hospital employee with her orientation as monitor tech in the PICU. We’ve been spending 12 hours together from 7PM to 7AM 3 days a week deciphering cardiac arrhythmias, silencing alarms, and reviewing the procedures for her new position. 

As I have sat and taught her the procedures and skills necessary for her to function efficiently in her new job, she has taught me so much more. About life. About people. About what really matters. 

You see she is black. I am white. Ebony and Ivory. Just like Stevie Wonder’s old familiar song.  Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony side by side on my piano keyboard,  Oh Lord, why don’t we?

To look at our skin we are different.  To look at our hearts we are the same. And that is exactly what we are looking at throughout this orientation.  Cardiac. Hearts. ♡  How they beat to the pace of this thing we call life. Our hearts are one as sisters through the family of Jesus Christ.  For eternity. 

We’ve addressed the current racial tensions occurring across our nation. None at the monitor tech desk, that’s for sure!  She and I work together like ebony and ivory on a piano keyboard. 🙂 

I’ve learned of growing up in Compton, CA. About her family. Visits to Africa. It’s botanical, culinary, and historical treasures. Of past employment. I’ve learned her personal preferences. Watermelon is her favorite food. She loves her arts and crafts and antique stores. She likes her home to resemble a country store. Her oldest recently informed her she’s going to be a grandmother. She loves bright colors. And her favorite color is peacock blue. 

Let’s all savor each and every vibrant color that God has created. Let’s embrace our world in all its glory.  Let’s all learn from each others differences. And let’s never forget we may be different,  but in God’s eyes we are the same.  

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.                                                   Galatians 3:28

Here’s to my new friend and sister in Christ. Thank you for orienting me to a view of life I’ve never before been exposed to! I wish you God’s blessings in your new position. 

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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