Blessing UMRC & Porter Hills Team Members Who Bless the Lives of Older Adults
This week we mark one year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To honor and thank all of our outstanding Healthcare Heroes and team members at UMRC & Porter Hills, our Chaplains from across the state share the following blessings to show our appreciation and gratitude. God bless our team members for all they have done, and continue to do, to keep older adults as safe and healthy as possible and to spread love and joy to all we serve.
March 8th: One year ago. We all remember when schools closed, churches went online, people died and the pandemic shut us down. Everything changed. Some of us dare to hope that our days will begin to feel different as the numbers of those testing positive for Covid 19 continue to drop. May you continue to know that in the midst of it all, you are not alone, and we are ever so grateful for your hard work and help along the way. God be with you. – Chaplain Julie Kilmer
March 9th: God of us all, your love never ends. When all else fails you are still God, even in this past year of the pandemic. We pray for every member of our team as they seek to serve you through our ministry to our Elders. Your presence has been with us every day. You have given us love and courage, kindness and strength, and for that we give you thanks and praise. Help us to continue to show your face through the faces of all our team. Continue to give us strength and courage every single day. Pour your blessing on every member of our team, that we may radiate your love and grace in all that we do. May each of us continue to live our lives so that others see Jesus through us. Bless our ministry of care and sharing that your people might be blessed through all that we do. In the name of Jesus, who is the Christ, we pray. Amen. – Chaplain Melody P. Johnson
March 10th: Anniversaries of important events are sacred, whether the event brought happy or unhappy changes---or both. Change encourages us to remember that wherever we are, God is carrying us in this moment. – Chaplain LeAnn Seto
March 11th: Gracious God, who has all the power and might to heal and protect, we pray for the health and safety of our UMRC & Porter Hills team members as they serve our precious elders. Give each of us strength to carry on, comforting tired and weary hearts. Lord, there are many heroes in the COVID battle, although none greater than you. You give us power as we reach out to others, and we pray our eyes will stay fixed on you. We are assured that you are with us every step of the way in whatever tasks we do. In your precious name we pray. Amen. – Chaplain Nancy Claus
March 12th: Like the stars and the moon light up the night sky, so does our light shine in the dark. Divine Love infuses us with light which means darkness cannot overcome. Keep your light shining. – Chaplain Deborah Geiger
March 13th: Almighty, Everlasting God of love and grace, we come before you seeking the blessing of our team members. They serve you wholeheartedly and consistently, bringing health and hope, comfort and care to all our residents. For each member of the team we pray your presence with them each day as they perform the work to which you have called them. May they always exemplify your love in all they do.
Bless the team with inward peace and contentment.
Bless the team with patience and endurance.
Bless the team with love and tenderness.
Bless the team with grace and finesse.
Hold each team member in the Palm of your Hand so they may bring blessing to those whom they attend. Be their Rock, their Shield, their Stronghold, their Refuge. May they lean on you for strength and understanding as you enfold them with your never ending grace and love. In the name of Christ Jesus, Lord of life and salvation we pray. Amen. – Chaplain Eric C. Britcher
March 14th: There is a Basque proverb that says, “God is a busy worker but loves to be helped.” To every employee at UMRCPH, your caring work on behalf of the residents and their families, is a labor of great holiness. Thank you for all you do and may you be strengthened and blessed each day. – Chaplain Tina Zimmerman