When You Speak, Begin with the Familiar
When visiting at the bedside with a person with whom I am not familiar, I try to listen carefully to what the person is saying. Listen as if they are teaching you; for they are teaching you who they are probably without being aware of what they are doing. You can paraphrase to see if you are hearing them correctly. If conversation slows down, you could say, “Tell me more.”
When you speak, begin with the familiar. Not the whole psalm, but just say a phrase like, “You probably recognize this line from Psalm 23, ‘he restores my soul.’” Psalm 23 is familiar and comforting to many . If you feel like the person would appreciate more from a psalm, you could move on to Psalm 32 which speaks of the blessing of sins being covered and transgressions forgiven. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” In my mind I link these two psalms because of the of the digits 2 and 3, and these two psalms restore my heart and mind to recall how God views me. I like the familiar.
Written by Jesse Stroup
As you attend the ill, think of using this passage. . .
“For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with salvation.
let the saints rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.”
Author: Jesse Stroup
Lifeline has great Hospital Volunteers in Dallas serving in 9 different hospitals. This year we have seen 8 Volunteers receive their hospital I D and begin serving in their assigned hosptial. I am so proud of all our Volunteers and especially this Freshman class of eight listed below.
Don Austin, Preston Road
Pat Hopkins, Marsalis, Ave
Geri Lacy, Marsalis Ave.
Cecil Ogilvie, Eastridge
Sheree Shea, Prestoncrest
Fred and Dottie White, Prestoncrest
Linda Smith, Eastridge
David Campbell, Saturn Rd.
As we go out “we are to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace.” O. Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, June 15
Before we go. . . pray. Prayer is being intimate with and dependant on God.
“Dear God, Please give me enthusiasm for this workshop. Its four days away. I feel so low. Thank you.” Jesse
This was my prayer. The next morning as I awakened going through my mind was a lively Christian song, “I’m Feeling Good, Oh Yes, My Lord!”
“OK, God, that’s it,” I said out loud. “You have given me a song to sing that I have not sung in 10 year.” “That’s bold, vivid, and encouraging,” I thought to myself. “But God, it is Tuesday, three days from the event, and only eight people have signed up for the “Creating A Healing Community” workshop,” I continued.
Wednesday we had ten.
Thursday we had twenty.
Friday evening everyone around me knew I was up for it!
The weekend workshop was wonderful with a total of twenty-two people learning about giving spiritual support to the seriously ill. Our Heavenly Father lifts his children when we cry out. He gets you up for life and service. This was a big affirmation of prayer and faith for me.
LIFELINE CHAPLAINCY – HOUSTON
Invites you to its Annual “Galaxy Gala” Benefit Dinner
PROVIDING COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT TO THE SERIOUSLY ILL, THEIR FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
The Westin Galleria Houston
5060 West Alabama
Houston, Texas 77056
Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.