Pastoral Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying Print E-mail

Celebrating 93 years just days before her deathPresbyterian pastor Smith’s ninety-one-year-old widowed father was living alone in the house he and his wife occupied most of their married life when a stroke sent him to the hospital. The pastor drove hundreds of miles to be with him and meet with his own siblings and their families about care for their father upon his release. The discussions were fraught with anxieties about where their father would get proper care and needed assistance, and maintain as much of his independence as possible. It was clear that, although he was recovering well, he could no longer live alone. Family members were overwhelmed with conflicting feelings about their love for their father, their obligations to him, and resistance to the interruption that his needs imposed on their lives and schedules.

Pastor Smith found himself plunged into experiences and decisions common to a growing number of his own parishioners, but about which they seldom seek his counsel. The very real situations that parishioners face often are seen in a context having very little to do with theology and much to do with medical and social services. Nevertheless, common to every concern for those whose loved ones develop infirmities or who enter the dying process, is how best to arrange for loving provision of care: pastoral care ministry. The decisions that result can be a matter of life and death.

Read more...
 
"Life: Precious, Sacred, Miraculous" Print E-mail

FIG4Jeremiah 1:5

First of all, you should know that this is most heart wrenching sermon I have ever prepared. Secondly, you should know that the content will be of a mature nature. And finally, know that, just as with any other area of our life that falls short of God's desire for us, there is grace, forgiveness, and healing available to each and every one of us.

Read more...
 
Words that Hurt, Words that Heal Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam   

sad coupleMany of us know someone who has undergone the pain of a miscarriage. A child is conceived, a pregnancy occurs, and hopes begin for this new life. For a variety of reasons not all pregnancies carry through to term, and there is pain, and sorrow, and grief.  This is the loss of a child. The pain is as real as it is for a born child.  Often miscarriages are only known by a few: the woman, her physician, perhaps her partner and close confidants. The child is known and loved by God, and the Christian community can love and help during the grieving process.

When we grieve we sometimes hear thoughtless comments that cause additional pain. When we love well others who are grieving we will have words that help and not hurt. We can all learn how to help others grieve, and there are resources for that.

Read more...
 
What did you do today? Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam   

scheduleWhat did you do today? If you had a job you maybe did a variety of things, perhaps stocked shelves and helped customers, or cooked or served food at a restaurant, crunched numbers and kept books for a company. There are a variety of jobs that people do that fill our eight or more hours per day with all kinds of tasks. Some jobs have quantifiable results.  When I worked in a metal foundry we knew how many pounds of finished product we had prepared each day. Other jobs are less quantifiable, such as counseling and guiding. If you are a parent or caregiver, your day may be filled with laundry, cleaning and meal preparation. Perhaps you have kept track and know exactly how many diapers you change in a day. That too is quantifiable.  Whatever your vocation is, I hope that it is satisfying and leaves you with the feeling of having done a good days work. 

 Here are some numbers that trouble me:  In 2008 there were 1.21 million abortions in the United States.  (Due to reporting and compiling, the numbers for the last few years are not yet available.)  Of those, 1.3% were after 21 weeks gestation.* I will get to the importance of that number in a moment.

Read more...
 
Secular Humanism Leads to Abortion Print E-mail
Written by Haven Bradford Gow   

Valentine image 3According to Father Pierre Lachance, a scholar-educator at St. Anne church, Fall River, Massachusetts, an intimate connection exists between secular humanism and such social and moral evils as abortion, adultery, divorce and teen sex and pregnancies. He points out that “Secular means that man’s vision of life is formed without any reference to God. Secular humanists deny the existence of God.” Humanism means that man—not God—is the center of the universe; man is the measure of all things, of truth and error, right and wrong, good and bad. Secular humanists worship man rather than God.
Concerning the secular humanists’ belief that man is the measure of all things, Father Lachance observes: “A very self-centered and selfish philosophy. That selfishness has led, for example, to multiple divorces. If I no longer love my wife, I can, without any sense of guilt, exchange her, like a car. Selfishness, lack of commitment and responsibility for others, have led to the breakdown of the family and of society.”

Read more...
 
<< Start < Prev 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Next > End >>

Page 32 of 41

Newsletters

Subscribe to our email newsletter

Powered by Robly

Donate

contribute

feed-image RSS Feed Entries