Lost for prayer

The routine at St. Peter Villa is to begin the day at our morning standup meeting with a prayer.  As chaplain I am expected to have an inspiring prayer to get us ready for the day.  Sometimes prayer comes very easy but other times not so easy.  I am sure that we all have periods of “being in the desert” in our prayer life.  It can happen to the chaplain too.  Prior to standup this morning I was suddenly struck with what the prayer should be.  When I arrived at work I did what I usually do, check the computer for the daily plunge.  Today’s was from 1 John 3:18 “Our love is something real and active.”  I then turned to a daily devotion I receive called Holy Land Moments Daily Devotional.  In it was the following “John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  Gratitude is not just what we say; it’s a way of life.

That’s prayer for our day.  The Lord tells us to love our patients but it is more important what we do for our patients rather than just saying we love our patients.  The doing should be more than what our job calls for.  Consider if each of our stakeholders would  touch just three patients in a special and unexpected way.  Think what that would do for St. Peter Villa.  Think what that would do for Signature Healthcare if we did that in all our buildings.  So there you are!! Live what we say we do.  God Bless You!!