Replies When Emotions Are High
By Jesse Stroup, Director of Spiritual
Care - Dallas
After the shooting of five
Dallas police officers, citizens of Dallas were asking,
"What can we do?" Heightened fear and doubt
permeated the city. In a press conference, Dallas Police
Chief David Brown quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
I was stirred as I watched this with a
patient in her hospital room. This quote sparked another
quote in my mind that an elderly Christian woman said
while I visited her, "He who sits high looks
low ... and takes inventory." These quotes
address the feelings shared by many in our country today;
feelings of mistreatment, fear, and hopelessness.
On another day I entered a patient's room. The patient
was out, but his wife was in a chair by the bed.
"My name is Jesse, a chaplain with Lifeline Chaplaincy."
I said.She said, "I am Diana. I remember you from
Patrick's two month stay in the heart hospital last
Then I remembered her, and we continued
to talk. As our conversation was winding down, I said,
"This passage means a lot to me,
and it may speak to you in your circumstances today."
"A man's spirit sustains him in
sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?"
Her husband returned and was transferred
to his bed. We talked awhile, then Diana said, "May
I quote Psalm 139 for you? It has carried me through
some tough times in the hospital." She began,
"Oh, Lord, you have searched
me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar. . ."
And on she went. I felt the comfort from
the twenty-four verses Diana quoted. In a long, difficult
circumstance she used her time to hide God's Word in
her heart. She was comforted and was willing and able
to share these words with her husband and me at an appropriate
King Solomon said, "A word aptly
spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
Prov. 25:11 This has been particularly true for pastoral
care providers this summer in Dallas hospitals when
emotions were running high. I was moved and blessed
by these words aptly spoken, as obviously these patients
By Timothy Johnson, Vice President of
DINNER PHOTOS JUNE 9 CLICK
Spirits were flying high for all who attended Lifeline
Chaplaincy's annual benefit dinner June 9th, at the
Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas.
The evening was rich with laughter, heartfelt testimonials,
and music. This year's theme of "A Classy Night"
was highlighted by the excitement brought by the musical
group "Generation", who is known as "The
Best Do-Wop Group In Texas". They were accompanied
by one of Lifeline's favorite groups, "The Holla",
along with Michael Hix providing his talents as emcee.
Lamont Ross of the Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ
opened the Awards ceremony with an invocation. Bill
and Pat Wallis, along with Bill Garrett were honored
with the Trio Award, which is given to recognize our
pastoral care volunteers who give much time and love
visiting hospital patients and their caregivers. Lacy
McGough was surprised by being presented the George
Baker Golden Service Award for her exemplary volunteer
service to Lifeline Chaplaincy's event planning and
organizational efforts. Rounding out the list of awards
for 2016 was Dr. David and Claudia Sowell, being presented
the Max and Gayle Dillard Philanthropy Award, recognizing
their initial and continued support and leadership in
philanthropic gifts to Lifeline Chaplaincy.
Rodney Waller, Sr., Vice President for Range Resources,
brought encouraging words to the audience on the importance
of planning one's estate and the need to include non-profit
organizations like Lifeline in those plans. On a related
subject, Lifeline Chaplaincy partners with Philanthrocorp,
Inc. to provide, free of charge, professional, Christian
based estate planning. For more information about Philanthrocorp,
contact Lifeline Chaplaincy's administrative office.
The evening closed with a benediction by Jason Moon
of the Waterview Church of Christ and the traditional
singing of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"
led by Jon Smith of the Riverside Church of Christ.
Lifeline Chaplaincy thanks everyone who attended and
who continues to support the ministry with their time
and financial gifts.
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