We are passionate about creating a welcoming and caring environment for employees, patients, and families. To keep us true to our mission and core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence as we work and serve others, we use reflections at the start of every meeting. Reflections can create a dialogue and a new reality by inviting us to notice what we may not have noticed before, which in turn can positively transform how we think and feel about ourselves, others, and the world.
Feel free to browse our Reflection Pool for inspiration for your next reflection – whether to be shared with a group or for you personally. We hope this is a resource you find useful and come back to frequently.
In addition, we invite you to inspire others with a submission of a short story, poem, sacred story, scripture, or famous quote that encourages others to reflect on their personal or collective experience—in our being and in our doing.
Things That Frustrate You
May God give you perspective on the things that frustrate you. May your heart grow with compassion toward those who suffer in unimaginable ways.
May you pray as passionately for them as you do for yourself. May God protect you from a small, selfish mindset. May he fill you with thanksgiving and joy. May he renew your resolve to be a grateful, humble soul. And, may he use you tomorrow in ways that surprise you and bless you.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 ESV
When I was a kid, my mom often cooked breakfast for dinner. One night, after a long, hard day at work, she served my dad a plate of eggs, sausage, and burned biscuits.
I was surprised at his reaction. My dad reached for his biscuit, smiled at my mom and asked me, “How was your day at school?” I don't remember how I responded, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bit of that thing—without making a face or uttering a word about it!
After we finished eating, my mom apologized to my dad for burning the biscuits. I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that night, as I kissed Daddy good night, I asked him if he really liked burned biscuits. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your mom put in a hard day at work today and she's tired. And besides—a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Though I am not perfect, I’ve learned the importance of accepting each other’s faults. Celebrating each other’s differences is a key to a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband and wife, parent and child, or between friends.
My prayer for you today is to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at God’s feet. In the end, He's the only one who can give you a relationship where a burned biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket—keep it in your own. So, please pass me a burned biscuit.
Peace Begins with a Smile
The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace. Let us have love and compassion.
Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God so His light can extinguish all hatred.
If we have no peace, it’s because we have forgotten that we belong to each other, that every man, woman, and child is my brother or sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we’d still be seeking peace?
A Monk’s Story
A monk was walking through the woods. As he enjoyed the scenery, a thought occurred to him: If on some other day, in the midst of his usual routine, he were swept away and placed up close to the trunk of one these massive trees, he wouldn’t understand what it was. He’d have to step back to see that it was a tree to appreciate its beauty.
The monk realized that God is similar to that tree. God could be so close to us, and by stepping back, we’d recognize that God was there the entire time.
Sometimes we are in need of answers. By stepping back from our search for it, we may find that the answer was right next us all along.