Chaplain’s Corner: Habit vs. Instinct

This morning a powdery layer of snow blanketed the lawnscape around our facility. The white veneer of a snowfall always transforms the land, but there was a stark difference today between the lawn and the puddled parking lot. Habit would have had me make the brief transit across asphalt to the building where I work. But a childlike notion, instinct, urged me to step from my vehicle onto the grass, where a thousand thousand tiny points of reflected light rejoiced at my arrival.

Tomorrow, after the risen sun wages war on those defenseless icy flakes, the parking lot will again yawn at my return. But today nature surprised me, and beckoned me from preoccupation. I was reminded that daily God speaks, angels dance, and another dimension swirls around us always offering holiday perspective. Most days habit gets us through, but other days instinct can take us into Sacred territory.

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Activity Professionals Week

My introduction to the Spirituality component of elder care was through an Activities Director–my wife! As an Activities Director in an assisted living facility, she was amazing at recruiting volunteers and making them feel appreciated. Every now and then, a volunteer or group would cancel, often on a Sunday afternoon, and rather than cancel the planned activity, she would call upon yours truly.

Sunday afternoon was my decompression time, relaxing, reading, napping. When the phone rang on Sunday afternoon, invariably it was concerning a pastor or church group cancelling their scheduled activity. “Dear husband, would you be willing to fill in? Our residents so look forward to church!”

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A Chaplain’s Corner

Do not look for meaning in the moment of disappointment, trial or tragedy. You will not find meaning–you will only find discouragement. Instead, look for Good. Choose to believe that universal Good undergirds everything. This Good is often not realized or seen because the claustrophobic grip of difficult circumstances tries to choke out the Truth. The Forceful and Immediate always cry louder than the voice of Truth for your attention.

In the moment of the trial or tragedy there is always a Way of escape; when it is revealed to you, a hidden strength will emerge and see you through. Expect Good to emerge out of the fire and if Good is not found in the fire, look for good to emerge from the ashes.

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Jesus took the Twelve aside in private and told them, “We are going to Jerusalem so that everything prophesied about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. They will betray him and hand him over to the people, and they will mock him, insult him, and spit in his face. And after they have abused and flogged the Son of Man, they will kill him. But in three days he will rise again.” Luke 18:31-34 (TPT)

If a respected prophet approached me to tell me that I would be dying in a car wreck on Saturday, I might decide to stay home that day. Jesus knew when He would die, and He knew in detail HOW it would happen. Yet, He determined to continue toward Jerusalem and the torture awaiting Him.

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Special Message from our Chaplain

At Signature HealthCARE of Galion, we are happy to have our Spirituality Director provide our community inspiration. Thank you for all that you do to serve others in our community!

Our EXPERIENCE almost always works against our FAITH. We are designed to BELIEVE what we hear and hear repeatedly (Santa Clause) unless there is a conflicting report; that can come from our own sense-knowledge and experience, or a dissonant (differing) voice. A trusted or authoritative voice (right or wrong) can supplant a belief that is formed over a time period of perceiving through a different lens (Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus).

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Live Fully on Purpose

He (Jesus) said to the fig tree, “Let no one ever eat fruit from you ever again!”

Immediately, the tree began to wither and die from the roots up. It had no more PURPOSE for being.

None of us is random; we are all preconceived by God for a specific PURPOSE. Yet so many believe they are products of chance or evolution. Anyone who is living without a PURPOSE is not truly living. Like the barren fig tree, they are defenseless to a sometimes hostile environment. They are subject to the shifting winds of a negative culture, peer pressure, “Murphy’s Law,” or even the bitter fruit of their own poor judgments.

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Hero’s Journey – James Burke

James Burks arrived at SHC of Galion after experiencing multiple medical complications. He had initially received a right hip fracture after experiencing a fall down approximately 14 steps. However, after his right hip pins became loose he underwent a right total hip arthroplasty. Unfortunately, the right hip arthroplasty became infected and required revision. James received extensive nursing care as well as Physical and Occupational Therapies. He stated, “Initially I didn’t care and didn’t think I would get better. However, if you stick with it, you’ll do well here. Everyone here made me feel at home and taught me a lot about my well-being. I felt that I got better spiritually, physically, and emotionally.”

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