HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Oct. 20, 2016-I WAS SICK, AND YOU CARED FOR ME
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Fsoter
“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” — Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
One of our regular visitors at Mercy Junction was admitted to the hospital Tuesday night.
We weren’t 100 percent sure she was physically ill. She a funny, loving, energetic person, but with a flair for the dramatic and sometimes a bit unstable. The most recent example being when she said she was going to put a grocery bag over her head and suffocate herself because she wanted the Lord’s Supper and Brian was gone, and the Cherokee shaman at Mercy Junction gave her a flat no as to serving communion after explaining multiple times why it would be inappropriate for her to do so.
When she got paranoid, after calling the ambulance, and wouldn’t give the paramedics her ID, Pastor Brian Merritt went to her house late at night and intervened and got her to cooperate with the first responders who got her safely to the hospital. When earlier in the day she had refused to seek medical treatment because she didn’t know what would happen to her beloved pets, one of our volunteers assured her Mercy Junction would see to the care of her family if she were hospitalized.
Turns out she’s in medical ICU, having had or is having a heart attack. It’s unclear exactly how serious right now. Brian and I went and got her pets and brought them back to the center where they will stay until she can once again care for them.
This is the work that makes me love being part of Mercy Junction.
Today’s Action: Care for someone who is ill today. Make a pot of soup for the neighbor who is recuperating from surgery. Your friend who is fighting off a cold, offer to walk her dog for her. Go visit your co-worker who is in the hospital. Sit with a companion animal who is in hospice care. Give a few respite hours to the caretaker of an elder.
Today’s Sharing: For whom did you care today? Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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