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Community comes together to park and pray for hospital workers

Posted at 9:59 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:51:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — It was a 'thank you' like no other to the hospital heroes on the front lines of the new coronavirus. Neighbors parked their cars and prayed in the parking lot of TriStar Skyline Thursday evening for nurses and doctors putting in long hours to save lives.

The nurses who took charge in the event wanted it to start at 7:14 p.m. to go alongside Chronicles 7:14 in the Holy Bible, which reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

"These people in this hospital right here; the patients, the staff, the administration and everybody get to see people who are this parking lot with their lights flashing and they know that someone praying for them at this very moment," said TriStar Skyline Chaplin Harry Yates.

Yates, who is also the pastor at Nashville's Cowboy Church says he was happy be there and see the turnout.

Nurse Kim Fitzgerald said the idea behind the event came from a COVID-19 patient who wanted to give thanks and pray for everyone inside the hospital.

"This is what we’re called to do. I heard one the physicians say this is our 9/11, this is where we run in to take care of this," said Fitzgerald. "Just to know that we’re supported like this from our community because this is hard for us."

People stayed in or near their cars while they turned on their hazard lights to show their appreciation.

Together they listed to Christian music and participated in a group prayer while hospital staff stood out front or on the roof and watched.