Earlier this year, a new resident was moving in. As her family was getting her settled on the second floor of the Riverview wing, I ran into one of the new resident’s daughters in the hallway. She looked like she could use some help or maybe just a friend so I stopped; that’s when I discovered why she was there. At the moment I identified myself as one of the chaplains, she briefly touched my arm and tears filled her eyes. We talked a little about her mother’s dementia and what led to her coming to Kirkwood.
Tears filled her eyes again as she thanked me for stopping. She was grateful, not so much for what I did for her that day, but more for my reassurance that her mother, a lifelong churchgoer, would not only be cared for physically and emotionally at Kirkwood, but also spiritually through weekly worship services, Bible study, and prayer.
The scene I describe has been repeated time and time again since Kirkwood opened its doors many years ago as a faith-based community. Throughout the gospels, we see how Jesus looked upon the crowds with compassion, stopped at the mere calling of his name to heal someone and loved humankind beyond all measure. At Kirkwood, we teach these stories and, I pray, live by their example each and every day for the comfort of our residents and the families who entrust them to our care for it is truly a sacred trust.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we invite you to join the Kirkwood community for worship at 10:00am in the chapel on Thanksgiving day. We will sing the great songs of the season and give thanks to God for all of our blessings. Everyone is welcome!