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Monday, October 13, 2014

Light in the Darkness

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Let us be that single candle, spreading light into a dark world!

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
One of my favorite things to share in "Light in the Darkness" is an actual account I've witnessed. One such thing happened this past Sat. at work.

Many of our residents suffer from depression. It can be hard after living on your own for so long & then placed in a nursing home, having to rely on others to care for you. Some of the residents don't have any visitors & become sad & confused. Well, the tables were turned a bit this past weekend.

One of our long-term residents was sitting in her wheelchair in front of my office. We were talking about the church group that had just been there & how she hadn't heard preaching like that since her husband was alive. (He was a preacher.)

Sitting on the couch near the office was a young girl, who had just been to visit her dad in the rehab portion of our facility. The lady in the wheelchair noticed that the young girl didn't look happy. She wheeled over to the couch & asked if she was okay. The young girl talked about how she was worried about her dad, that she loved him very much, & missed him at home.

The resident said some very comforting words to this young girl. She asked if she prayed for her dad. She went on to offer to pray for the girl & her dad right there. It was a beautiful, comforting prayer.

This was a wonderful example of what all of us are called to do in loving & caring for one another. The woman in the wheelchair, despite her own problems & sufferings, took the time to comfort a sad, young girl, missing her dad. I was very touched at that moment. When she wheeled back to my office window, I thanked her for her prayer & comforting words.