Seeking God on a Helipad: Nurses and Doctors Pray on the Roofs of Hospitals

"We could feel God's presence in the wind."

By Nancy Flory Published on April 6, 2020

A nurse at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee and her colleagues stood on the hospital roof and prayed. Healthcare workers at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, kneeled in prayer on the helipad. Others at Georgia’s Cartersville Hospital prayed with outstretched arms. Healthcare workers across the nation are praying for their patients, families and for their safety.

For some of the men and women who stand in the gap on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak, prayer is the only answer.

Go to the Helipad

“When you have a few extra minutes at work you take the time to go to the Helipad and pray,” Vanderbilt’s nurse Angela Gleaves posted on Facebook. “We prayed over the staff in our unit as well as all of the hospital employees. We also prayed over the patients and their families during this trying time. We also prayed for all of our colleagues around the world taking care of patients. It felt good to do this with some of my amazing co-workers. We could feel God’s presence in the wind. Know that you are all covered in prayer.”


“This is how we started our morning today,” Danny Rodriguez, senior ER tech at Jackson South Medical Center, posted a picture on Twitter. “Our team said a prayer, asking God for guidance and protection while we are at work, and to keep us and our families safe.”

On March 26, Kimberly Jefferson posted on Twitter a video of a prayer service at Cartersville Hospital in Georgia. In the video, healthcare workers can be seen on the hospital’s rooftop, hands outstretched, singing along with the worship song, “Way Maker.”

Please be in prayer for all doctors, nurses and hospital staff as they work tirelessly during this challenging time.

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Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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