January Rehab: Phase 1

Let’s call the last several weeks Rehab: Phase 1.  During that time, you could have found me at my mother’s bedside while she was in the hospital and a rehab center.  Even though the time was full of long hours in a bedside chair or rushed errand trips to and from here and there, I was thankful to be there and to give her the gift of my time, help, and support~all an offering in Christ’s name.

If you peeked your head into the room, you’d see my day included:

  • Plump and reposition pillows
  • Replace some meals with favorite takeout orders
  • Bring the mail
  • Arrange cheerful cards on the wall
  • Answer phone calls
  • Update visitors
  • Beckon nurses.
  • Wash, dry, and put away laundry
  • Play games
  • Watch movies
  • Find needed items

As you might suspect, they were days full of tedium.  Even so, Jesus called me to bring some life into that dull, antiseptic environment.  How?  Well, such is the providence of God that this month I’m reading through Colossians each day.  Quickly, Colossians 3:12-17 became a verbal vitamin for my ailing attitude:

  “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts ot God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Taking that to heart and turning it into action wasn’t always easy, but there was always a great opportunity to:

  • Be patient
  • Be kind
  • Be thankful
  • Help others
  • Give smiles and hugs
  • Learn names
  • Compliment hard workers
  • Share encouragement, perspective, and hope
  • Offer prayers  

It was a well-spent soul rehab for me, and now I realize those life-giving tasks are needed in my own everyday world just as much as in the hospital or rehab facility.  Well, that’s Phase 1.  Stay tuned for Phase 2 in a day of two.  Right now, I’m off to shovel away the snow on the driveway as a surprise for my husband who is at work.  And maybe I can share a smile and a hello with someone on a walk, too.  What opportunities await you?  Let’s take that Colossians 3:12-17 vitamin and go!  




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