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.
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.
In Life We Do Things
In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done. Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads. But, they make us who we are, and in the end, they shape every detail about us.
If we were to reserve any of them, we wouldn't be the same person. So, just live, make mistakes. Have wonderful memories. But, never second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly where you're going.
These Roses under My Window
These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones. They are for what the are; they exist with God today.
There is no time to them, There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower, there is no more; in the leafless root, there is no less.
Its nature is satisfies, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. There is no time to it. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.
He cannot be happy and strong until he, too, lives with nature in the present, above time.
The journey before me appears daunting.
It stretches out beyond my ability to see.
The first step is slow to come…I pray it will come.
I adjust my gaze from the endless beyond to the ground before me.
The insight dawns, “This is the only step I can take. I can’t walk ‘out there’ today.”
My sense of despair lightens ever so slightly and I find I am one step further along.