December 20, 2011 | Posted in Chaplain Chats | Leave a comment

One of the delightful parts of my work is the singing that I do with various resident groups in the different communities. Some time ago, as I sang some old favorite hymns with a group of residents the Memory Support neighborhood, one woman was clasping her hands and closing her eyes with a look of great delight on her face. Afterwards, as I visited with her, she said, “You really cleaned out my soul today.” I certainly can’t claim “soul-cleaning” as part of my job description (sounds like a job for God!), but it was an intriguing comment, for several reasons. First of all, it came from a woman with a significant degree of dementia. In spite of her memory troubles, and her disorientation, she was able to articulate this spiritual experience in her life.

Second, I think she explained her experience in a really delightful way. I believe that all of us, along our own spiritual journeys, accumulate a lot of excess ‘stuff’ in our souls. That ‘stuff’ might be guilt, grief, regret, doubt, anxiety, or any number of things that cause us to feel like we’re carrying around a heavy load.

It reminds me of my children’s school backpacks, jammed full, weighing what feels like thirty or forty pounds. My question to them is, “Do you really need to carry all this stuff?” Maybe I need to ask myself that question once in a while. I guess we could all use a little “soul-cleaning” now and then, to get rid of some of our excess baggage.

The season of Advent and Christmas calls us to sort through our lives, get rid of the things that aren’t important, and focus on what is really, truly precious in our lives. The prophet Isaiah says,

Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.
Fill in the valleys, level off the hills,
Smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks.

May you find time this Advent/Christmas for clearing out your soul, lightening your load, and truly enjoying the gifts that God has brought into your life.

Chaplain Jim Kok – Executive Director of Chaplain Services

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November 22, 2011 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

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November 10, 2011 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

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November 9, 2011 | Posted in News,Press | Leave a comment

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