For those times when faith is the best medicine, we’re here to help.
We provide medical, dental and behavioral health care to people of all faiths and no faith at GraceMed. We do it as an act of love, obedient to Christ’s commandment that we love one another in the same way he loved us — unconditionally.
But we know that life takes its toll on our spirit as surely as it does our bodies. Just as battling a prolonged illness can weigh on your sense of well-being, so too, can a troubled spirit rob you of the energy, hope, and enthusiasm that drive the quality of your life.
Sometimes it can help enormously just to have a listening ear. Maybe you had faith once and you’ve lost it along the way. Maybe you’ve suffered great loss or you’re overwhelmed by a problem you can’t solve alone. One of the really wonderful things about GraceMed is that your care providers are people who take their faith to work. They won’t impose their beliefs on you. But they will be there for you whenever you need to share with someone who really cares.
GraceMed Daily Devotion
Consider how Americans care for themselves:
• Alcohol and drug addictions cost the U.S. economy $600 billion per year.
• In 2017, 34.2 million Americans committed a DUI.
• 88,000 people die every year because of alcohol in the U.S.
• 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder.
• Smoking causes 480,000 deaths every year in the U.S. (34 million Americans smoke).
• 2.2 million Americans used cocaine at least once the previous month.
• 964,000 Americans are addicted to meth—meth deaths tripled from 2011-2016.
• More than $3,000 is spent every second of every day on internet pornography.
• Revenues from the sex industry exceed $13 Billion per year.
• Nearly 40% of American adults are obese.
• Nearly 40% of Americans don’t use their vacation days.
Good management (stewardship) includes taking care of ourselves (emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually) in order to be our best at work, at home and manage well the life God gives.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
What is one simple step to take better care of yourself this week, this month?
Different sicknesses require specific cures. Several years ago, the optometrist wrote a new prescription for my glasses and there was a very small mistake (a decimal point or a plus/minus) between the doctor and the glasses shop. The Rx was wrong in my right eye making it difficult to see and walk (entertaining but dangerous)! The right prescription or cure makes ALL the difference!
• Aspirin will not dissolve a tumor.
• Adding air to your car’s tires will not recharge the dead battery.
• Cutting up credit cards will not eliminate debt already owed.
• If the water pipes in your house leak, do not call a veterinarian (or a pastor!).
• A tongue depressor and a plunger have different purposes (thankfully!).
Sometimes only one medicine will do the job. This is our problem—all of us. We are broken people with a broken friendship with God because of our sin. Our status is guilty, enslaved, lost and dead. Everyone. Everywhere. God makes it clear that His rescuer ransoms the slaves, a kindred brother pays the family debt, and a substitute shoulders the guilt. There is NO other way of escape. Jesus Christ is this one cure. There is not another one.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
Do I know and follow Jesus? What is keeping me from God’s cure?
Listening can often be more powerful than speaking.
Many of us, and especially pastors, feel like we must have something to say or some sort of response to offer. More often than we think, our presence means more than our words and listening can benefit more than speaking.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor who stood against the Nazis and died because of his faith near the end of World War II. He said, “He who is no longer able to listen to his brother (or sister), will soon no longer be listening to God either.”
How well do we listen? Will I listen with empathy and treat others the way I want to be treated?
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19)
With whom do I need to become a more active listener today? At work? Home?
We brought Bentley home when he was 6 months old, now he is 10 years-old but the same dog—smart, stubborn and strong-willed. He is part Jack Russell Terrier and something else as a rescue dog from the humane society.
During the first year or so, he was determined to get a squirrel in a tree so he jumped up into the lower part of our large tree and before I knew it, he was walking out on a limb 10-12 feet off the ground! I was mowing and only saw him at the last second before he fell and hit his head on a tree root. He was stunned for a few minutes but tried it again!
We purchased a book about Jack Russell’s and one sentence stays with me, “They are smart enough to be one of the top 10 smartest dogs but when you consider ‘the cooperation factor’ they drop off of the list completely!”
What is my cooperation factor with God and other people?
After Jesus washed His disciples’ feet in the upper room, He said…
“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15)
Our Spiritual Care is guided by the leadership of our Chaplain Manager, Steve Slack, and our Topeka Chaplain, Clarence Newton.
Steve Slack, Chaplain Manager
Education: Nazarene Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry | Emmanuel Christian Seminary, M.Div. | Manhattan Christian College
Steve brings to GraceMed a significant amount of local church pastoral experience in a wide variety of ministry settings. Since 2017, he has been responsible for directing and coordinating all of our spiritual care efforts geared toward patients and staff alike. Steve grew up in Wichita, enjoys sports, history and says, “Serving at GraceMed presents amazing opportunities every day to come alongside patients and staff helping them take new steps of faith.”
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Clarence Newton, Chaplain
Education: Carver Baptist Theological Seminary, B.S.
Clarence began serving our Topeka clinics in 2017 with a wealth of church ministry and life experience applied to his GraceMed service and work. He is responsible for providing prayer support, pastoral care, and direction for patients and staff. Clarence is a U.S. Army Veteran, a Dallas Cowboys fan, and a great ambassador in the Topeka community as he makes connections with pastors and organizations to help everyone grow in their faith. Clarence says, “GraceMed is a Christ-centered place, you’re always better coming out than you were going in.”
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Donald Smith, Chaplain
Education: Bellevue University, B.S.
Don has served the Wichita area clinics since 2019 and brings a great depth of life experience and pastoral ministry work to GraceMed. Don and Steve share responsibility for serving the clinics in Wichita, McPherson, and Clearwater. Don brings a wonderful sense of humor, humility, and wisdom to our patients and staff each week. He is a former City of Omaha firefighter and enjoys cooking and providing “sweet treats” for the GraceMed staff. Don says, “GraceMed is uniquely equipped for those desiring physical and/or spiritual care”
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