Helping Together


 Luke 5:18-19 – “And behold, some men were bring on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.”

 When I think of our Sacred Six on Teamwork, I am reminded of the healing of the paralytic. Four friends (we assume four because of the ability to hold a mat/cot) willingly bring their friend to find healing and finding no possible way to bring him through the front door decide to rip open the house’s roof and lower him down. All four had the same goal. All four had the same desire. Their willingness to help their friend who was paralyzed was their focus and their concern. What wasn’t their focus was their own needs or their own feelings or everyone noticing in the house what great guys they were. Instead, they chose to work as a team to help their friend who was first and foremost in their mind.  

 I sometimes wonder if we act like the friends in our working as a team, or do we send a different picture? Can you imagine what that day would have been like if the four friends would have said under their breath, or out loud, to each other, “Well, I know I am carrying my side of the bed, but that person isn’t doing half as much as me.” “Well, if I was in charge of this situation, I’d have done that a heck of a lot differently.” “That guy at the foot of the bed is doing nothing while I’m up here at the front doing everything. I know because I have been keeping my eye on him this whole time.”

 Fortunately for the paralyzed man his friends worked together as a team and he was healed. We too have the responsibility, as a team, to heal our residents’ mind, body and soul. But the only way that can happen is when we place our residents first and foremost in our work instead of ourselves. So as we await a new administrator, and we deal with the stresses of each day, let’s work as a team. I’m sure a lot of healing will happen.

 Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck

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

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