The Israelites struggled as a fledgling people. The Tribes often were disjointed and sought parochial interests. As a result, the Philistines oppressed them. 1 Samuel 7 opens with Samuel calling for a solemn assembly of the people to worship, confess their selfishness and failure, and return to the LORD. When the Philistines heard of this gathering, they decided to launch a surprise attack. The LORD intervened and led the Israelites to a resounding victory. 1 Samuel 7:12, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us’.”
Some of you remember Art Linkletter as a staple of daytime television. “House Party” ran on radio and television for over 20 years. Art was a master at employing audience participation. One of his favorite bits was to place an object under a miniature house. He then would have a member of the audience try to guess the object while he gave out clues. Sometimes the clues were designed to fool the participant. Art Linkletter got a great deal of mileage, and many laughs, out of having people guess what was beneath the house.
One time, King Hezekiah allowed representatives from Babylon to see the treasures of the Kingdom of Judah. God’s Prophet Isaiah asked the King, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house: there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them” (2 Kings 20:15).
“Through insolence comes nothing but strife, but wisdom is with those who receive counsel.” -Proverbs 13:10
Learning from our mistakes is one of the most difficult lessons in life. A corresponding life lesson is to learn from the mistakes of others. It is easy to feel like we are always on top of things. Frankly, it is too easy, and is part of our natural inclination apart from God’s gracious activity.
I arrived at Signature having a steep learning curve regarding long-term care. Rare is the day I fail to learn something new–practices, funding, sharing life with elders and stakeholders, and a myriad of other issues. Assumptions have been challenged and growth has occurred.
What a joy it is to serve as Chaplain at Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe! I am amazed a for-profit company has the foresight and boldness to intentionally place spirituality as a pillar of their mission.
This is what I have found with Signature, and what first attracted me to this wonderful family. Each day I am learning more about how spirituality permeates each aspect of what we do at Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe.
Also, I am getting to know residents, families, visitors, volunteers and stakeholders. I am working to make a visit in every room in the next several weeks. I ask for your patience as I try to connect names and faces.