Receiving and giving Comfort/Compassion

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE

Receiving and giving Comfort/Compassion

2 Corinthians1:3b-4 The Message..…God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Have you ever been going through something that you just thought you would never get through? Then out of nowhere, a person crosses your path, gives you a smile and tells you about a hard time they too had come through with a help of another friend? There is a saying; “a friend in need is a friend indeed”…someone who helps you when you are in need is a true friend‘.

What does it take to show comfort/compassion to someone else? Well I guess that depends. For me sometimes it has been just a smile or a hug. Other times it has been another taking the time to listen to me without judgement and really not offering any bug suggestions. Many times people who need comfort and compassion just need someone to “just be present” for them to talk through their pain. In a world of rush, rush and many deadlines, it is easy to overlook the hurting. Can we just take a few minutes, especially during the month of February to make it a habit to smile, be present for others and lend a listening ear? If we will do this, then this habit could become a lifestyle of showing compassion to others.

I love the quote below by Mother Teresa on Kindness, Understanding, Compassion, Love, and Suffering:

“If you judge people you have no time to love them. Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

Can we truly love others without showing compassion?

Dear Lord, help us today to stop, look around for those that seems to be hurting, needing love, comfort and compassion. Help us to give away what You have given to us. Amen.

Psalm 116:5 NIV…..The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

Prayers & Blessings,

   Carol

Carol Harrison, CNA

Spirituality Pillar-Operations Director

HomeTown Segment Support

Signature Consulting Service, LLC

charrison@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

LOVE

LOVE

I Corinthians 13:13  Now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

With Valentine’s Day approaching I was reminded of a question that I was asked by a youth in the church that I was pastoring a few years back.  He asked, “How do you know when you love someone?”  I responded, “That’s a hard question to answer but here is how I know that I love someone.”

First, if you love someone, you enjoy hearing about them.  If someone would say that they are setting aside a day to tell about the person I love, I want a front row seat to hear all about them.  Secondly, if you love someone, you enjoy reading what they have written.  I enjoy getting mail especially from someone I love and can’t wait to open it and read every word.  Thirdly, if you love someone, you enjoy talking to them.  Proof of that is the number of minutes that I spend on the phone just conversing with my loved one.  Finally, if you love someone, you enjoy telling others about them, just ask any grandmother if she has pictures of the grandkids.

Using these four standards I ask myself and others, how do I show that I love God?  First I enjoy hearing about Him and attend those places where His story is told.  Secondly, I enjoy reading what He has written and thus read His love letter to me, the Word.  Thirdly, I enjoy talking to Him and spend time daily praying.  Finally, I enjoy telling others about Him and so I share my faith with others.

May we let our love show daily and share it with the residents and stakeholders wherever we serve.

Chaplain Gary R. Kirchoff
SHC Muncie
chaplain.muncie@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Comfort

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE

 

2 Corinthians 1:3 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”

 

Last Saturday morning I must have been bored with television because for some unknown reason I ended up watching the Food Network. Now I know some people enjoy the Food Network. And I must admit there are some pretty creative individuals on that channel. However, the main thing that happens to me when I watch programing on the Food Network is that I get hungry. One particular program featured the chef Paula Deane. As some of you may know she is a lady from the South. Her cooking is always awesome and she loves to cook with huge amounts of butter. But a comment that she made sort of stuck with me. As she was cooking she made mention that this particular dish was one of her “comfort foods.” Do any of you have a “comfort food?” A “comfort food” is a meal or food item that gives you a sense of peace or at least puts in your mind pleasant thoughts. I do. It may even surprise you as to what it is. My comfort food is something that my grandmother, my mom’s mother, would always make for me when I came home from college. She would invite me over to her home and cook for me sausage, not links or patties, but the big long pieces of sausage, and also fried mush with warm maple syrup. That is my comfort food. In fact, I will even get some when my wife and I eat at Bob Evans.

But to return to that comment made by Paula Deane, it got me to wondering, “Are there other things, other items that give you and me comfort?” Now I am not only thinking about a favorite meal or a particular food, but how about a certain chair that just fits you perfectly, or a good book, or being around certain individuals. And then this last one: what about God? Does he bring you comfort?

Paul, in his second letter shares with the people of Corinth that we have a God of all comfort. He is a God of compassion. His compassion grants us peace. His compassion assures us that His presence is always with us. His compassion gives you and me the comfort in knowing that we are in his arms and that He grants us the strength to handle all things tossed and thrown our way. Therefore, when you need experience a feeling of compassion, or feel comforted, instead of turning to food or a warm blanket, sit down and have conversation with God. Trust me He is the One who brings ultimate comfort to all of his children.

Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck

Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton
100 S. Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
(740) 622-1220

 

 

 

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Compassion

Sacred Six: Compassion

 

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

Every one of us seeks compassion. We all have that need to be loved and cared for. One of the best ways to describe compassion is seeing someone’s need and having a desire to help them with that need. We come upon people every day that have a variety of needs, physical, emotional and spiritual needs alike. We then get to use the abilities that God has given us, and isn’t it wonderful that He has equipped each of us in different areas.

 

What comes as first nature to you could be a foreign concept to someone else. God has definitely blessed each and every one of us with different talents and abilities. Compassion is one of those gifts that all of us can use, No matter who we are or what our occupation  we can all see a need and have that desire to help.

 

Sometimes in my life my compassion level seems to run low; as my cousin used to say “I’m running on fumes!” It is then that we need to go to God and ask him to renew that spirit of compassion in us. I have found that when I ask, He looks down on me with compassion and supplies my needs. Allowing me to go out and show His compassion to others. ​

 

Prayer: Dear God help me to have more compassion today by showing your love to others.

 Stephen Clark

Chaplain/Director of Spirituality

Prestonsburg HealthCare

chaplain.preston@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

Lessons from a Duck

Lessons from a Duck

I don’t know about you but each animal that God has created can teach us some valuable lessons. For our devotional this morning I would like to focus on the duck. Really, a devotional on a duck! Yes, for those who are scratching their heads right now! Lesson number one:  Ducks are opportunistic when it comes to eating.  They can adapt well to different food sources. Lesson number two:  Most male ducks are silent although they make noises such as chirps, groans, or grunts. Females also cover a wide range of noises and they are more vocal. However, the last lesson that we learn from the duck focuses on his feather structure.   Every duck has waterproof feathers due to the waxy coating that is spread on each feather while preening. Preening: straighten and clean its feathers with its beak.  Maybe the term “Let water roll off your back like a duck came from this fun fact.  What are you trying to say Chaplain White?  It’s simple.

As leaders we need to learn how to be opportunistic when it comes to serving others. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and be more hands on in our ministry.  As leaders we need to be careful of the words that come out of our mouth sometimes we need to be silent. Everyone should be able to speak without being bullied or silenced. It doesn’t matter if you’re a male or female, CNA or Resident, Stakeholder or Family Member. Lastly, as leaders we need to let some things roll off our back like a duck. God designed the duck this way for a reason. Sometimes we let things stick to us that we need to shake off.  So Signature Revolution join me in learning how to be like a DUCK!

Prayer: Lord help us to be more like you in our words, deeds, and lifestyle.  Amen.

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Road
chaplain.towerroad@signaturehealthcarellc.com

# 2 Pencils

#2 Pencils

Ever had a moment at work when you felt that if one more person asks you for something that you will explode like Krakatoa?

When one’s mind is so clouded with stress and anger that all you can see is chartreuse?

When you want to go all medieval on someone’s, well you know the area of anatomy in question?

Recently, I found myself under the gun, barking like a seal at work and I said to myself, “Son are you really that interested in filing for unemployment today?”

So I chilled back.

Here are some other ideas to keep one from the unemployment que:

1.  Slow down.  Start doing things in slower motion, even if you are trying to juggle fifteen tasks at once.

2.  Hide.  Not all day, just until the red in your vision melts away.

3.  Run tell a friend about your pressure.

4.  Respond don’t react.

5.  Nothing is that important to have to force one to sell pencils on 2nd and Main seated on the pavement next to a fur coat wearing man who claims that the CIA and KGB are watching him.

6. Breathe.

7.  Steal from stress.  It wants to own you completely.  Don’t let it.  See # 2.  It is a delicious thing to steal from stress.  It is invigorating.

8. Do pushups.

9.  Deflate the ego like the Patriots do the football: we don’t have to be super stars or saints, just small candles and human.

Good luck.  It would break my heart to hear that you are selling #2’s.

So, let me be your #3.

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh
Signature Healthcare of Gainesville
chaplain.gainesville@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

Renewal

Renewal 

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

John 12:24 (NRSV)

Can you think of a time in your life when you felt completely renewed? Renewal is not the same as refreshed and hopefully we find frequent ways to get rest and feel refreshed and ready to go about whatever we have to do. Renewal is something different. For example, a tree looks a bit withered and so we water it and see the leaves become vital and healthy again. That would be refreshment. An old tree falls in the forest, decays, turns to compost and fertilizes the growth of new trees. That would be renewal.

We expect life to have its ups and downs, highs and lows. When we experience the highs it is hard to remember what the lows were like. When we are journeying through life’s lowest moments, we might have a hard time believing better times are yet ahead. Looking at life as a series of cycles, our best moments that are in the future will be nourished by the compost of whatever dies and decays in our low points that we experience along the way. When we are in the midst of times that seem like everything is falling apart, we can remember that when a grain of wheat falls into the earth, everything it used to be falls apart. Its DNA sparks it to life so that a new thing that has never been comes to life, sprouts, takes root, and grows into something that is abundantly more than it was in its previous manifestation. The human spirit is a lot like that, which is why Jesus used it as an analogy. Connected to God’s Spirit, we are empowered to manifest this kind of renewal. New life sparks into hope inside each of us even in the midst of confusion. Trust the spark of hope..

We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.

Isabel Allende

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality

Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251

chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

 

 

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

I came across this statement made by Mark Batterson in his book, Draw the Circle. He writes, “If you are looking for excuses, you will always find one.” How true. How true. It seems that all of us can fit under that one. When I think of individuals in the Scriptures, the first one that comes to mind is Moses. Moses is called by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Yet, when God calls Moses, Moses doesn’t eagerly or instantly jump at the chance. In fact, when you look at the account recorded in Exodus, Moses comes up with five different excuses as to why he can’t be the leader for the people. Yet, God continues to encourage Moses and has him be the leader of the people of Israel.

I dislike vehemently (I was going to say hate, but thought those words sounded nicer) the excuses that people make that are truly ridiculous. “No one cares.” “I can’t change the way I have always done it, so you better just like what you get.” “I’m not appreciated enough.” “Doing that is below my pay grade.” My response typically, in a very polite manner, is to look at the individual and say, “REALLY?” Each and every day we are blessed by the One who gives us everything even though we deserve nothing. Each and every day God shares with us his love, his forgiveness, his peace and his mercy. What more can anyone of us ask for? So the next time that excuse comes into your mind, think of what God has done for you. Can you imagine God saying to anyone of us, “Sorry, that is below my pay grade?”

Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck
Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton
100 S. Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812

 

The Rock

The Rock

“There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 KJV

Have you tried everything possible to solve a certain problem in your life? Someone may have given you the advice….

“Don’t leave any rock unturned!” You might feel as though you’ve been wading in waters searching for that perfect rock and just when you reached down to flip over the solution the waters rise and you feel as if you are going to drown.

If we could only learn to stop searching and turning over stones and start standing on the highest, most solid, and unique rock there is giving us leverage to see. Our problems wouldn’t look as murky and the solution would be much more clear.

God is the only rock that can never be turned over. HE can never be moved in raging waters and is the only one that will never wear down or wash away. HE is the most unique rock we’ll ever find. None other beside thee compares.  

Stop your search today! HE is the solution! Have a Tall Thursday standing firm upon the Rock of your salvation!

Melanie Kern
melmelkern89@gmail.com

 

Follow the Shepherd

“My sheep know my voice . . . And they follow me.”  John 10:27

Growing up, if someone told me my mother wanted me to do something, I would have a pretty good idea whether they were telling the truth or not.  She would never ask me to hurt someone, to lie, cheat, or steal.  This was because I knew my mother so well.  I had spent so much quality time with her that I knew her character – I knew what she was like, and thus what she would want me to do. 

 Likewise, the more I know of God, the better I will become at knowing what He does and does not want me to do.  I will become better able to follow His guidance and instructions for me.  The more focused I am at getting into His Word, the more time I spend in personal communion with Him, and the more I fellowship with others who do the same, the better I become at discerning His will for my life (yearly, daily, hourly, minute by minute). 

Prayer: Lord, help me learn more of your teachings and character so I can become more confident in following you.

 Chaplain Tim Roberts

Signature HealthCare of Cleveland, Tennessee

chaplain.cleveland@signaturehealthcarellc.com