Administrator from the By Dave O’Boyle
n this holy season of Lent, Chris- tians often make extra sacrifices in their daily lives, “giving up” specific foods or activities as a reminder of the salvation Christ gave us through his suffering and crucifixion. At Pend- leton Manor, we don’t focus as much on personal suffering as we celebrate the gift of faith in all our lives. As they have aged, many of our
residents have become more keenly aware of their own spirituality, espe- cially as we prepare for Easter. They spend more time in Bible study and recalling their own faith journeys, partly because they have more time for themselves now. But, I believe this reconnection with the holy also is a way our beloved seniors work
Our mission is to share God’s love in word and deed, believing that “In Christ’s Love,
Everyone Is Someone.”
Celebrating gifts of faith in this holy season I also recognize that through the
to acknowledge their many life changes — past and yet to come. It’s one of the great blessings of living in a Christian community such as Pendleton Manor that these dear people are provided the time and encouragement to make such personal journeys. Staff members, families and fellow residents offer their support, their love and their prayers for each individual resident. The mission of The Evangelical
Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.” I can think of no better calling than
to recognize the gift of Christ’s love in this season and all year.
G race notes Choose words filled with love, hope
By Missie Wilt Good Samaritan Society Chaplain
something. Words can be filled with hate, fear, doubt, despair and sorrow. Or they can be filled with hope, love, faith, peace and joy. Words can be curses or blessings. Words can discourage or encourage. Words can wound or heal. There is no doubt that words have power. The words we hear and say can stay with us for life. This is all the more
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ords are containers — every word we speak is filled with
reason to choose your words carefully, especially when talking about others and the world around you. Think about what God says about you in the Bible. God’s word says you are made in His likeness and image. It says you can do all things through Christ, who gives you strength. It says that if you cry out to Him and call upon His name, He will save you. Psalm 139:17–18 (TLB) says,
“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how
many times a day Your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, You are still thinking of me.”
God thinks of us always. We, too, should think of Him always when choosing our words. Remember what He says about us, how He wants us to treat one another, how He lives through us in our words and our actions. May the words you choose bring hope, joy and comfort to those around you.
generous support of donors like you, we have made significant improve- ments to the lives of our residents. One recent addition is a state-of- the-art therapy bicycle that improved the services we offer our residents as well as our outpatient therapy clients. Another addition, the new speaker system in the chapel, helps residents better hear the sermons presented by visiting ministers. We are working diligently on plans for the future of our center, and we appreciate all those who have been such a help and a blessing in this process. We will continue to seek your guidance and support as we prepare, with the Lord’s leading, for the renewal of our center.
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