Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: September 2019

by Donna Clark RN, Director

I have two small notes taped to my desk and they are so old that they are faded and torn. One is the Fruits of the Spirit and the other is a list of behaviors, both guiding us to the Christian way of life. This morning we had a client whose behavior made me move the papers covering the lists to remind myself to sit still and listen as he rambled on and on.

He was hard of hearing (selective I’m sure) and determined to tell us everything about his “missed diagnosed health issues”. All he needed was guidance to obtaining the Shore Transit medical transport registration forms so I downloaded it and printed it out while he was still talking non-stop about his health. Knowing there were still four other clients waiting to speak to me, I was impatient to finish with him and move on to the next client. Trying to be polite I stood up and my eyes dropped down again on the words peaceable, gentle, humble, kind, and loving. Taking a deep breath, I sat back down and listened to his story. As he finally stood to leave he thanked me and said he hoped God would bless me today.

I realized God had already blessed me with this man who needed someone to hear his tale. By being patient and caring I was able to help him just by giving him a listening ear. In the coming weeks when you are distracted by the many things that need attention take time to give someone support with a hug or a listening ear. Your other issues will still be there when you finish helping the person in need.

Colossians 3:12-14