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The Hands and Feet of Christ

Riding in to GHBC this morning on the shuttle. the Hospice Admin. Officer (HAO) was sharing with the HR Manager about a meeting with her Home Care staff.  A resident died yesterday who had required care 24/7 for the past 6 years.  The HAO said it might be very hard for some of the staff to get their hours in, especially the newer folks.  However the staff's optimism in response was something special for her - "they just lift me up", she said.  One staff person recalled how the same had been told to the staff this time last year - that there might not be the need or demand for help to fill so many hours - and yet there was an abundance of work to do and care to offer.  As the two of them talked, I just imagined "the hands and feet of Christ" doing the ministry that needed to be done.  The HAO added that dealing with the staff honestly and up-front has always led to the best outcome.  I felt priviledged and glad to be nearby to hear this sharing.  As the shuttle arrived and we rose to disembark, I said "Here endeth the first lesson of the day".  The HOA turned to me and said "Maybe I could be a preacher someday?".  I replied, "You already are".

The Hands and Feet of Christ.  Thank you, Lord. 

For TF who died yesterday, I offer this prayer:

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our sister T.  We thank you for giving her to us, her family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage.  In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn.  Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.