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Tuesday October 15, 2019
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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2

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Yes, We Are Adequate Enough!

The children in Sunday school were assigned to memorize the 23rd Psalm. When it was Ricky’s turn, he began to recite it as best as he could. Then proudly he said, "The Lord is my Shepherd… and that's all I need to know." That was enough of a message for Ricky.

The Lord is my shepherd. What more DOES he need to know?
 
As we think about, the Lord as our Shepherd, we are encouraged to remember that we can be adequate enough to add to God’s world while we subtract pain from the planet.
 
I write these paragraphs as a Chaplain of L’chaim Jewish Hospice, and I am grateful that Catholic Hospice of Miami-Dade and Broward County has created this program to meet the varied needs of Jewish families enrolled in our hospice care.
 
Many of our patients have slipped from their early abilities and vibrancies to a presence that no longer resembles their dynamic ability to converse or sometimes remember family names. Our team affirms for them the message, they still are adequate enough to receive God’s love. We are reminded daily that no matter what obstacle is set before us we are adequate enough to bring God’s love through our outreach and our understanding.
 
We are all adequate for so many kinds of assignments and tasks. We are taught to see our patients as having been part of a very special story, regardless of their condition. We also knowledge the new challenge this brings to their loved ones. As a chaplain, we highlight how worthy we all are of patience, support and a smile.
 
We are still deserving of God's love. Therefore we can proudly say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all we need to know.”
 

Rabbi Geoffrey Botnick is Chaplain, L’chaim Jewish Hospice Program at Catholic Hospice.

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