New Look at an Old Enemy

New Look at an Old Enemy

Thank God for envy; don’t be ashamed of it.  Use it.

We are made to become whom we envy.

Instead, admit envy and follow its path.

Here is who and what I am envious of:

I am envious of a lawyer on television in Gainesville.  I always wanted to be a lawyer.  He is smooth, smart, good, rich, and powerful.

I admire hip hop dancers.  I want to learn to move like water just like them.

I am envious of Bill Clinton and his power of persuasion.

I love big airy, light filled, minimalist mansions on the beach in California.

I love Nietzsche; I too want to rise above the herd.

I envy the white-teeth smiles and slim bodies of Hollywood.

Call me what you will crass, selfish, sinful, even lost.  These are my paths of happiness.

Who do we envy?  What or who do we put down because we are really jealous?  Therein lies our true calling.

You were daring enough to read this article, now take the next step and follow the dream that your envy is teaching.

Live Dangerously.

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh
Signature Healthcare of Gainesville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Heart?

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION/PATIENCE MESSAGE

 Showing Compassion and Patience

Colossians 3:12 – “So, as those who have been chosen by God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” 

A person once said, “A home’s temperature is best maintained with warm hearts, not cold words.” I think those words are not only good for us in thinking of our personal residents, but also they are words that are powerful for us as residents and stakeholders of Signature. Sometimes, and we are all guilty of this, our cold words are much easier and quicker to come from us than a warm heart. And yet, as our Sacred Six shares with us each day, we are called as individuals of God to share our warm heart instead of a cold word. When we become frustrated with an individual instead of rolling our eyes or blowing them off, offer them a smile. When we become upset, take a deep breath, say a simple prayer to God, and then ask how you might be able to help instead of thinking, “let them fend for themselves.”

God has blessed us all with ways to help and minister to each other.  Lord grants us strength, guidance and love so that we can freely share those gifts with others.

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

 

Did You Know? Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in both federal and state law. King has become a national icon for his eloquence and his successfully challenging the then-prevailing mindset of racism in the United States, effectively ending the legal codification of discrimination based on race and creating a new birth of equality for all people which still endures and grows in American Society today.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. United States Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage.

Soon after this, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were eventually collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by some as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, which was proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating the federal holiday to honor King.  It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The holiday is celebrated in many different ways throughout the nation, with many schools and businesses being closed in observance of it, but one of the most popular ways of remembering King and his contribution to the freedom of all peoples is in the viewing of his “I Have A Dream” speech, which is available for viewing on YouTube HERE.

The “I Have a Dream” is a 17-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. The speech, delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Widely hailed as a masterpiece of rhetoric, King’s speech invoked the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The part of the speech which most excited the crowd at the time, and which has now become the most famous, is the last portion where King described dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. Perhaps the most famous line of all, a line which is now seen as a symbol for freedom and racial equality and is know by heart by millions today is the following:

“I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”

 

New Start

SACRED SIX – POSITIVITY MESSAGE

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here!

I just love New Years.  There’s just something about a clean slate.  A brand new start.  A “do over”.  Somehow the time frame between 11:59 pm on Dec 31st and 12:00 on Jan 1st has always held a

special fascination as I feel the matter of a mere minute has the power to change my resolve for the better immediately.  Many would argue there is nothing magical about that short window of time,

and that you go into the new year just as you finished the old one.  But for me, it holds the potential to put a full 365 days of junk behind me boldly declaring, “The old has gone, the new is here”.

This is an exciting verse to use frequently in our arsenal.  Who doesn’t need a fresh start?  God’s mercies are new every morning, and what an amazing gift that we get this “do over” not only every year but every day!  I love the idea of waking up every morning and shaking off the dust from yesterday.  I’ve learned that if I arise for the day feeling any residue in my spirit, I pay no mind to any negativity but quickly decree the Word of God.   “Lord, Your mercies are new for me today, and I take hold of this powerful promise.  I am not yesterday’s mistakes and will not carry forward any failures into this brand new day of life.”

Father, You are so good to us as you give us the opportunity for renewal every morning.  Your mercies are endless, and we thank you for your immense patience in this muck mire of life.  May we dump our baggage from yesteryear and yesterday with a quickness and grab hold of your promise of newness for this beautiful day and new year!  Amen

 Chaplain Kristine Schuck

Gulfport Rehabilitation

kschuck@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

The Kite

The Kite

When he was young, my son (now 23 and 6’5”) used to love flying kites.  I would help him get the kite in the air, and hand it to him.  He loved to feel the tug of the string as the kite pulled against him.  He would wonder what the kite could see from “way up in the sky”.  I would suggest that the kite might wish there was no string holding it back, so it could fly far away and see many things.  The string was there to hold it back, to keep it from having fun.

One day, while on the beach with his kite over the ocean, the string snapped.  The kite, instead of flying away, drifted quickly down into the water.  The string was not intended to hold the kite back, but to hold it up.  How easy is it for us, even as adults, to wish to live outside the constraints, the boundaries that hold us from doing what we want – what we think will make us happy.  We may not view rules or guidelines we are forced to live life by as protecting us, as holding us up. 

In Isaiah 58:8-9 God tells us For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

May I live my life trusting God, and those He has placed in leadership over me.  Amen.

Tim Roberts – Chaplain, Signature HealthCare of Cleveland, Tennessee

PS.  I have told this as a children’s story at various churches.  Someone holds a kite at one side of the balcony and drops the string to someone else, who walks with it to the front of the church (keeping the string relatively tight) and across the front, so the string is diagonally across the congregation.  During the story, when I cut the string the person in the balcony drops the kite (a third person catching the kite and eventually pulling the string back).  The kids, as well as the congregation, love to watch the string drop on people, but it provides a good lesson in obedience as well.

Steps

Steps

 

Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NRSV)

What do you think about when you are walking? Do you think about walking? These days, with all the ice around us, we might think more about not falling when we are walking, but usually we are thinking about where we are headed, what we have to do, what just happened. Maybe we walk while talking to someone. Since we don’t think about it, what keeps you vertical and moving forward when you are walking?

The same may be true of one’s spiritual journey. The person who is new to engaging life from a spiritual perspective might find each step of the journey to be as tenuous as a baby taking its first steps. Once we taste life with a deeply spiritual dimension, we want to keep experiencing it so much that we will learn to keep walking that journey. As we learn to live life as spiritual beings having a physical experience, we think less about each step and more about destinations. Paying less attention to each step might make it easier to stumble. Life is consciousness.

When you have a moment while walking, try not only being conscious of God being with you, but make a conscious effort of experiencing your feet as God’s feet, taking each step as you walk. Say to yourself, “These are God’s feet and I am following in those steps.” You can do the same thing when you have something hard to do with your hands or your mind, like taxes. That kind of prayer walk can lead you to miraculous places.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality

Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Unitarian Blessing

Unitarian Blessing

Jeremiah 29:11, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

My bruised spirit almost leapt out of my heart and I felt like a six year old at a birthday party when I heard these four lines read as a greeting at the First Unitarian Church of Gainesville this past Sunday:

It is a blessing you were born.

It matters what you do.

Your experience of the divine is true.

And you don’t have to go it alone.

I have never had anyone tell me that it was a blessing that I was born.

I almost shouted like I was in a tent meeting.

I feel so affirmed that I almost doubled my offering.

I came near grabbing a white handkerchief and dancing the aisle.

But did you know that it is a blessing that you were born?

Straight up blessing!

Prayer: Father today may I understand that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that You have a great purpose for my life.

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh

Signature Healthcare of Gainesville

chaplain.gainesville@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Warm inside

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)

Baby, it’s cold outside. These aren’t just the words of a popular seasonal song. Today, here in Ohio, baby it really is cold outside. We have at least a week ahead of us of temperatures not rising over 20 degrees. The lakes are so cold the ducks are frozen in. The air is so cold it feels solid. My feet are so cold they are the ice I could use to skate across the parking lot.

Thank God, and I am thanking God, that this cold doesn’t reach my heart. Maybe I’m still in the afterglow of Christmas. I try to let that carry on to at least Easter. The warmth of my family’s love, coworkers humming carols, and a cup or two of hot cocoa are wrapped up in God’s love in my heart to keep it warm the rest of this frigid winter.

 Baby, it might be cold outside, but the embers of God’s love burn brightly in the heart.

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Change or Transformation

SACRED SIX: POSITIVITY/PATIENCE

Change or Transformation – Positivity and Patience

We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.  Joseph Campbell

Often we plan to change something by starting something new; like in 2018 I’m finally going to start eating better and lose weight!!!  When I think back over my life I have made some changes because I wanted to do something different, but the transformations happened in the midst of chaos.

Some synonyms for chaos are: disorder, confusion, anarchy, pandemonium, and turmoil.  Think about the last time you went through chaotic crisis?  Maybe it’s the industry changes the revolution is facing; maybe a career challenge, personal health issue, maybe getting older or a family crisis with a spouse, child or parent.

  • Where does the chaos come from; is it the event or the unknown?
  • What happens when we hold onto what we know?
  • What happens when we let go?

Change can help people find a new meaning or close down and turn bitter.  Transformation requires an uncomfortable living in the chaos to find something new. The difference is determined by our inner confidence or spirituality.

Chaos and change is going to happen; nothing we can do about it.  Sometimes we play a part in it and sometimes we are caught in the crosshair of chaos.   During these times of turbulence practicing patience with ourselves and others and possessing the freedom to let go of the old is when transformation happens.

Oh God help me to be humbly confident that I have a purpose in life and that I am not defined by an event or a decision.  Please give me patience and wisdom to journey through life so that I may be transformed beyond my imagination for your work.

David R. Baumgartner, SPHR, SHRM-SP, SSGB, CNA
VP of Spirituality and Sacred Six
(561) 308-4043

Christmas 365

Christmas 365

I love Christmas! It just seems that heaven comes down and spreads love in every direction! Christmas is a time that even old scrooges smile! Kind words, sweet smiles, and generosity is the order of the season.

Wouldn’t you just love to capture the spirit of Christmas for 365 days a year? The spirit of Christmas brings out the best in people, even those who sometimes are referred to as the quiet type can come alive during the Christmas season. I wonder how many times the wording “Merry Christmas!” or some other form of greeting has been spoken in the last four to five days, I am sure it would be an astronomical figure if truth be known. It seems that everybody turns it up a notch or two during this wonderful time of the year.

I read an article about a family who had to pass a certain church in their neighborhood quite often. The family always noticed that the church had a nativity scene every Christmas season. About a week after Christmas the family drove by the church and noticed the nativity scene was gone, one of the kids remarked, “Well, I guess they put Jesus away until next year” I wonder how many of us do the same? May God help us live the Christmas Spirit –  365 days a year!

Ronnie Case – Director of Spirituality

Signature Health Care of So.Pittsburg, Rehab & Wellness Center

chaplain.southpittsburg@signaturehealthcarellc.com