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ICU nurse receives reminder that actions and words can change lives

The dozen red roses were for him, Ernie, an intensive care nurse at Florida Hospital Deland. He couldn't imagine why, but the attached note explained.

"You may not remember me but years ago, I was a depressed, misguided teenager who tried to take my own life and ended up in your care at ICU. And apart from your nursing duties, you took the time to share with me your faith in Jesus and how God had a wonderful plan for my life. You encouraged me to turn my problems over to God and let Him lead me. I want you to know that I did just that. I gave my heart to Jesus. I returned to my family. I went back to school and finished my education. Today, I have a great job and in a few months I'll be marrying the man of my dreams. God has given me a brand new life....Thank you for your concern and prayers and for pointing me in the right direction."

"I stood there in shock. I didn't remember her at all, nor did I remember taking care of anyone like her," Ernie says. "Whenever I feel overworked or put upon by the endless needs I see every day, I try to remember that faceless, nameless teenager in ICU. It may be just another day at work for me, but for someone else, it could be the most important day of their life."