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County Annual Benefit Dinner May 7 SEE
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Creating A Healing Community Workshop
Southside Church of Christ
Left to Right ... Mike St.Clair, Bailey Burgess,
Nathan Neil, Victoria Garza, Quincy DeQueenmani,
George Fore, Hunter Clinton, Ben Benson.
In The Hospital
By David Martin, Director of Spiritual Care
Lifeline Tarrant County
Illness has its way of isolating us. We are away from
family, friends and normal routines. The hum and beep
of medical machinery remind us that we are ill. The
metal bars on the bed are cold and unfeeling. Patients
can feel hemmed in, as if imprisoned. We are thus dis-membered.
Cut off from that we find most familiar, and under attack
from disease, illness, or injury, a sadness and melancholy
This is where an attentive Lifeline volunteer makes
a difference. Lifeline volunteers listen to the stories
of their patients. They are story-hearers. In active
listening, they re-member with the storytellers.
This reconnection is essential in the healing process.
The telling of a patients story in the hospital
reminds the teller of their connection to the faith
community, as well as the strength available through
the prayers and good wishes of a broader network. Nurses
and doctors sometimes hear these stories, but these
caregivers are overwhelmed with duties, and usually
cannot stay long.
The Lifeline volunteer, on the other hand, may stay
as long as needed for the patient to re-member
with them. In doing so, they reconnect with the community
of Christ. How? Through listening, the pastoral care
volunteer hears the spoken (and unspoken) cries of the
heart, and offers prayer at some point in the visit.
This is a unique gift trained volunteers bring to the
seriously ill person. Lifeline volunteers bring a spiritual
component to bear directly on the isolation of the patient.
Ongoing loneliness can be hazardous to ones spiritual
and physical health.
Spiritualitys long-standing connection
to story and storytelling ensures that we will never
be alone in the spiritual way of life. For whenever
and wherever there is a storyteller, there will also
be a storyhearer. In the communal act of telling and
listening, listening and telling, the sense of belonging
This is why our ministry is so important. We remind
the sick that they are Gods child, even in the
isolated hospital room. And, equally important, He resides
with them in the midst of pain.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one anothers
burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ."
*The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling
and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine
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
Plaza Medical Center CLICK
Texas Health Alliance CLICK