At the hospital where I am working, they have a program, somewhat scripture based, called CREATION Health. Its actually an acronym:
C – Choice
R – Rest
E – Environment
A – Activity
T – Trust
I – Interpersonal
O – Outlook
N – Nutrition
I have been watching and listening to some of the historical tapes and speeches on Former First lady Barbara Bush. She lived this verse. She was feisty and fierce. She did not mince her words but she was not negative. I will always remember her in her signature pearls as a classy lady.
As our nation and her family mourns the loss, I thought of her life and numerous initiatives she worked on. She embodied what you do here with your work in health- care.When the world was still scared about how AIDS was transmitted she went to the hospitals and embraced those afflicted. There’s a photo of her hugging a black baby with AIDS and her actions helped others embrace the illness and it lost some of its stigma.
She worked diligently on the subject of literacy because one of her sons had dyslexia. She stated that if people do not know how to read and write we will never break economic and other barriers. She lost her first daughter, Robin, to leukemia when the daughter was almost 4. Taking care of her daughter that year, her hair turned white, and, in honor of her daughter, she never dyed her hair as a reminder.Together, her husband of 73 years, and her, raised over a hundred million dollars for charities based on their special interests from the life changing ordeals that happened to them. Lastly, I believe she has opened up the floodgates for understanding of End of Life and Palliative Care, in her dying. She chose comfort measures only (CMO) and her choice is to be looked at as praiseworthy.
So I encourage you to be inspired by a matriarch like her and continue creating cutting edge initiatives and tools in the healthcare industry that have a lasting effective on our community and world. She stated that the things that were the most important to her were Faith, Family and Friends. I pray that this morning we all will have Faith, Family and Friends …
What a Beautiful Name it Is – Hillsong (Lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWkIDJEC2o:
Father, I pray you will bless those who mourn. Your word says they shall be comforted in Matthew 5:4 (the beatitudes). We are to be reminded that first we have to “actively” mourn in order to be comforted. Many times I avoid the sting and pain of death by making busy work and ignoring my grief. In this I know that I am not alone. However, “the necessity of actively grieving losses is obvious. We may choose not to grieve, but inevitably we do so to our own detriment, if not to our emotional and spiritual peril. We are to take the beatitude at face value: Those who mourn can be blessed because they can be comforted. It is difficult if not impossible to comfort someone who does not mourn. The beatitude embodies a human truth for all people and places: that the resolution of grief presupposes its expression. Those who bury their grief, put on a brave face for all the world to see, neither invite nor allow the kind of care that can bring comfort. Those who do mourn may be comforted. Because you give us options grieving is optional even though the feeling response of grief is not.” So bless us, your children, in whatever way is best for as we wrestle with our struggles of loss and grief as you promised. And, on a lighter note, I pray you will bless us to embrace a healthy, positive Outlook, all the rest of the days of our lives, Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Fuller Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.