Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and, whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you, and say: ‘Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.’Lord, give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will ever find joy in humouring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers.
O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you.
Sweetest lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
And O God, while you are Jesus my patient, deign also to be to me a patient Jesus, bearing with my faults, looking only to my intention, which is to love and serve you in the person of each one of your sick.
Lord, increase my faith, bless my efforts and work, now and forevermore, Amen.
— Mother Teresa of Calcutta
***Thoughts & Links***
Yesterday brought sweetness in the mailbox! I received an envelope from the Memorial Drive Church of Christ in Tulsa. In it were two notes from two young sisters who were writing to encourage me about the upcoming class at Tulsa Workshop. It was such an encouragement. I will place those in my Bible and carry them with me while I speak to the assembled class.
The Penn State students are working hard this week. I have enjoyed some great conversations with Buzz Roberts, father of Campus Minister Andy Roberts. My elderly friend Al, whom I have been visiting in the nursing home for several months, is moving to Biloxi to the VA nursing facility. I hope to visit him regularly there. He looked excited and anticipated a better situation for himself. It is hard on him to change his surroundings so significantly at his age, but he will be better off there with the medical attention he needs. Our addictions class went very well last night, with one new person joining the group. We are expecting rain for the next few days, which alters our work plans for the volunteers somewhat.
Mary and Margo (the M & Ms) are back and working for the week in the kitchen. These two sweet sisters have been here twice before. Each time they use their talents in the kitchen to cook for the volunteers. They have a great spirit and enjoy their work so much. They truly have blessed us and we are thankful. They are from Bloomington, Indiana. It just amazes me that these two women from so far away have come here now for the third time to serve others. How awesome is that?
Northrup Grumman workers are in day six of a strike here in Pascagoula. This affects many Christians in this area, as well as our local economy. Please pray that the issues are resolved soon.
Does Mit Romney’s religion (Mormon) matter to you? A local opinion piece attempts to separate Mormonism from polygamy. What role does a President’s relgion have in the way your vote is cast?
Hal Holbrook honored by the Mississippi State Legislature. Hey, I like Hal also, but don’t you guys have some important business to take care of?
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