Lifeline Dallas


Apt 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.

Darkness cannot 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 year."

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?" Proverbs 18:14

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 time!

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 were too.

By Timothy Johnson, Vice President of Development


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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