The paramedics had already taken Maria to the hospital when Chaplain Clarence Newton arrived at our Capitol Family Clinic. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to revive her. He caught up with Vincente, her husband of more than 36 years, at the emergency room.
“He told me he had only her in his life,” Clarence recalled. “He worked two jobs and part-time at McDonalds. He said his wife took care of everything, and he was completely lost without her.”
“I went to the room with him. Maria was on a ventilator. They explained that she had been without oxygen for a long time. We prayed and cried and prayed some more.”
GraceMed’s Spiritual Care Chaplains treat hopelessness with the healing power of faith.
The next morning, Clarence returned to the hospital and prayed again with Vincente. Several days and countless prayers later, Clarence got a call. Maria was off the ventilator, her husband breathlessly reported. “God answered my prayers, my friend. It’s a miracle.” His wife made a full recovery, and they’re both back home now, ready for the holidays. Vincente reports that he is back in church “for the first time since I was a little boy.”
GraceMed sees patients on the margins of life. The pain they come to us with is not always physical. Many times they are bearing great grief and sadness deepened by the circumstances of their lives. The chaplains on our Spiritual Care staff reach out to them with the love of Christ and shoulders ready to help them bear their burdens.
They are also here to counsel and encourage our staff, as Clarence did in the story he shared from Topeka. The staff involved in trying to save Maria were deeply shaken by the experience and, after his visit to the hospital, he returned to the clinic to comfort and pray with them. The often dire situations our employees encounter can take their toll. Our chaplains are there to help bear their burdens, too.
We offer the services of our chaplains because it is in keeping with our mission to bring hope into the lives of those we serve. If you would like to contribute to GraceMed this Christmas season, this is an area of our ministry where we could really use your support. You can make a secure donation here, on our website.
May God bless you this Christmas and throughout the coming year.
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