Living in a Vibrant Community Spiritual Care Coordinator – Ray Harris April 2018

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Growing up in a large family with four brothers, two sisters and two parents.

I received a lot of love.

I was the youngest of the seven and watched my siblings go through the various stages of life

with curiosity and sometimes dismay! At the dinner table the conversation was always energetic and animated.

After supper we would sometimes gather around the piano and sing together, especially on holidays and Sundays.

The love I experienced was heartfelt and compassionate.

We were a family where the love of God

and the invitation to follow Jesus was regularly affirmed.

It was a small example of a community of loves.

At Tabor Village our mission is to be a vibrant community where everyone experiences kindness, respect and compassion. We call it “care from the heart.”

Jesus modeled love for others. He taught “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself

Here at Tabor our neighbors are the residents, their family members and our staff. We are called to love others at least as much as we love ourselves.

Christian compassion means putting love into action. Little acts of kindness, respect and care make a huge difference. It can be as small as a cup of cold water, or a friendly smile.

Love makes a community vibrant and life-giving.

Without love we dry up and diminish. When love is shared we flourish.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7