A Note from Deacon Dennis Taylor
Why Health Ministry
The word medicine is used once in the Hebrew Testament: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones." (Proverbs 17:22) The original Hebrew definitions: merry = blithe, gleeful, be glad, joyful, making merry medicine = a cure. As we reflect on God's great gifts to us, I am aware of many gifts we can give ourselves. We can give ourselves the gifts of time to worship and meditate on the Incarnation, forgiveness, grace, and healthy lifestyles.
The 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed a resolution calling on congregations: ".to explore and implement health ministry as an organizing concept or vital component of outreach and pastoral care of the congregations." The explanation being "to explore and implement health ministry as an organizing concept or vital component of outreach and pastoral care of the congregation." I would add their communities.
Who am I to be promoting and raising awareness of health and health ministry? If you count my time working for a veterinarian in junior and senior high school I have spent 50 years in some form of health care. I was a Navy Corpsman and gained my R.N. after my time in service. My primary areas of nursing were emergency, palliative and hospice care. I discovered Parish Nursing, now Faith Community Nursing, in the early 90's and was drawn to that ministry immediately. I have experienced the healing, as opposed to cure, health ministry can bring to congregations and communities when we work together. I will be writing as part of this ministry a regular piece for your consumption so if there is a topic you would like to see explored let me know.
George Burns, who once played God, put it well: "You can't help getting older, but you can help getting old. Chronologically, the clock is going to keep on ticking for all of us, but if we take a lick of humor, we can prevent a hardening of the attitudes. If we savor humor, humor can be a lifesaver."