We're still here ... HomePlace at The Hospice of East Texas
There is no hustle-bustle here. The professional staff is excellent, refusing to zip in and out of the room. Ever. They understand that many of the families they serve are dealing with death "up close and personal" for the first time ... and they linger to educate and encourage.
Handmade quilts lovingly provided for each bed
Homemade cookies in the family kitchen ... and a snack cart of free goodies every afternoon
Hymns sung in the hallway for 30-45 minutes ... at least once a week ... by an elderly gentleman with his guitar. How his gentle gift to patients and families has touched me ... twice. What comfort it brought to stand in the doorway or sit in the room and sing or hum along with him. Songs of salvation ... and love ... and praise. Songs of God's faithfulness.
It's a peaceful place. The presence of God is evident here within the walls ... and in the lives of the caregivers. There's plenty of time to think ...
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
During this busy holiday season, are you taking time to seek Peace? Are you doing anything "behind the scenes" to bring peace to others? I'm so thankful for people who are!