God in Our Mortality
By David Martin, Director of Spritual
Care - Tarrant County
With each passing year, death seems more tangible.
Physical losses shout loudly to those of us who have
traveled not years, but decades.
I noticed weakness first in my hands. In the first
half of life, hermetically sealed bags of food were
torn, ripped and defeated with aplomb. Now, scissors
find their way onto my fingers before morsels can be
applied from bag to tongue. The strength is no longer
accessible, and though I dutifully squeeze a rubber
ball, time and age seem to have their way.
Gary Shandlin, a comedian of note within my generational
orbit, recently died. He was just 66. I say just
because, at 60, it seems so around the corner.
Why do we begin to notice obituaries? Our mortality
beckons us to consider the kingdom of God, and how we
participate in its existence.
I am drawn to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25.
Here Jesus describes his followers as those who visit
the sick and those in prison. Often modern preaching
focuses on negative aspects of those who will miss the
kingdom of God, while omitting the theological fact
that kingdom work is in place to happen now!
Bono, of the band U2, once said:
God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where
the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother
who has infected her child with a virus that will
end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under
the rubble of war.
As a hospital chaplain, I might add: God is in
the hospital room. It is there that the sick
just like me, like you
consider their mortality.
When we arrive in those rooms to connect, God is already
there. The kingdom of God is among us.
So join me in re-imagining communing with God in the
everyday sometimes mundane, sometimes dramatic
daily lives we live. There we are invited to
find a most uncommon Presence, one already blessing
us in surprising ways.
Tarrant County Annual Benefit Dinner
Tim Johnson, Vice President of Development
Tarrant County was treated to a very special event
on Tuesday April 12, 2016. Lifeline Chaplaincys
annual benefit dinner was once again held at the elegant
Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth. Those present
were treated to entertainment from the group Generation
which is known as the Best Do-Wop Group in Texas.
The Hola provided instrumental back up to the group,
and Michael Hix provided his comedic and musical talents
as the evenings Emcee.
The annual event is used as a major source of fundraising
for Lifeline Chaplaincy and Compassionate Touch in Tarrant
County area. Each year the event raises about $100,000.
The event, however, is not really about the money,
says Virgil Fry, Executive Director for Lifeline Chaplaincy.
Our annual event, while it is a fundraising event,
is also our primary opportunity to pay honor to our
volunteers and donors who go above and beyond normal
This years honorees are: Sabra Cradit honored
with the Caryl Fry Award which is given to an outstanding
pastoral care volunteer, Jerry Plemons received the
Golden Service Award for his volunteer efforts serving
on the Tarrant County Development Board, and J. C. and
Dorothy Newland who received the Legacy Philanthropy
Award for their leadership in giving.
The event concluded with the traditional singing of
The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Everyone at Lifeline Chaplaincy and Compassionate Touch
is grateful to all those who attended and/or volunteered
for this event.
- Tarrant Co Benefit Dinner April 12
Office address: 2701 West Berry Street, Suite 102-103,
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
E-Mail address: DMartin@LifelineChaplaincy.org
Patients are being visited in
these Ft. Worth area hospitals:
Arlington Memorial CLICK
Baylor Grapevine CLICK
Baylor All-Saints Medical Center CLICK
Cook's Children CLICK
Harris HEB CLICK
Harris Methodist Hospital CLICK
Harris SW Fort Worth CLICK
John Peter-Smith (JPS Health Network) CLICK
Kindred Fort Worth CLICK
Mansfield Methodist CLICK
Medical Center of Arlington CLICK
North Hills Hospital CLICK
Plaza Medical Center CLICK
Texas Health Alliance CLICK
Patients are being visited in
these Ft. Worth area nursing and rehabilitation facilities:
LaDora Nursing & Rehab Center CLICK
Wellington Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation CLICK
Lifeline Chaplaincy Tarrant County office:
2701 West Berry St. Suite 102-103
Fort Worth, TX 76109
888-767-6363 (toll free)