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
Working for the Lord
In 2019, Jeff Mathis was one of the most sought-after free agents in Major League Baseball. However, he turns 37 years-old this month and has a pitiful lifetime batting average of .198! How can this be and why? Mathis is an excellent catcher! He is a great defensive catcher and considered an expert at “calling the game”– determining which pitches pitchers should throw in various situations to different hitters. This has an enormous impact on the game yet is virtually invisible. One manager said, “Mathis is revered for being the best at what they all want to be best at.”
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
God Knows and Hears!
True terror isn’t easily forgotten. When I was 11 years-old, I was “helping” my parents move my sister into her college dorm at Emporia State University. The dorm seemed like a skyscraper to me with multiple floors and an elevator. During one of the trips on the elevator, my brother showed me a “cool trick” he discovered which made the elevator stop and then start again. I thought that was awesome! I made the next trip on the elevator alone and of course had to try the “cool trick” myself! The elevator became stuck between floors and WOULD NOT MOVE! In panic, of course, knowing I would die in that elevator, I pushed every button on the panel and even picked up the weird little telephone…NOTHING HAPPENED! Not knowing what else to do, I began screaming for my parents at the top of my lungs. They were at least 3 floors away, at the other end of the hallway and mom heard my voice (This IS what moms do!)! They went to the elevator, pushed the button, and the elevator began to move! I used the stairs for about 5 years after that! I did not die that day!!!!!
If moms, dads and family come “hard-wired” to hear us when we call out, how much more is this true with God when we call out to Him? Call on God today! He already knows!
“But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me.” (Psalm 55:16)
Our dog Bentley is VERY loyal (I hate cats!)! He loves everyone in our family unconditionally, every day, and every way he can. He is ALWAYS happy to see us when we get home, wags his tail crazily and usually picks up one of his toys to bring to the door when we walk in! (Cats care about themselves and will suck your soul out of your body if given the chance!) Just kidding – cat lovers lighten up a little! Bentley’s loyalty makes life better for everyone!
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
Who is depending on you today? How can you choose others over yourself?
Shrewd and Harmless
A resourceful businessman had to make a trip to Europe so he drove his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York bank and asked for a $5,000 loan. When the loan officer asked for collateral for the loan, the man handed him the keys to his Rolls-Royce. The banker quickly had the car parked in their secure underground lot and gave the man $5,000 as requested. After two weeks, the man returned to get his car and as he wrote out a check for $5,000 and $15.40 in interest, the loan officer asked, “While you were gone, sir, I discovered that you are a millionaire. Why would you need to borrow $5,000?” The man quickly responded, “Where else could I park my Rolls-Royce safely in New York for two weeks for just $15.40?”
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
What challenging decisions do you face today? Ask for God’s guidance in wisdom and innocence.
Joy Comes in the Morning
Whatever they Said, though it may have been true…you continued, and pressed through …Can You Say I’m Still Here!
“So Glad I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through” – Bishop Richard White
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
It’s a new day – praise Him!
Leaving the Past Behind
Let me let you in on a secret…YOU’RE NOT PERFECT!! None of us are. One of the first keys to a better you is to forgive YOURSELF!! Paul speaking from experience said it best!
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” (Philippians 3:13)
What do you need to let go of from the past? Ask for God’s help now.
Hard Work + Consistency…
Michael Jordan has shared many times of the story of when he was cut from the Laney High School varsity basketball team, inspiring him to work harder and get better. It was hard work that turned the skinny teenager into the Laney High School varsity alpha dog and eventually the NBA Legend he became.
Becoming what you’re good at, didn’t just happen (no matter what it is). It’s because you were consistent, and WILLING TO WORK AT IT! So much so, it then became routine…REFLECT ON THAT!
#What you do if you do It long enough becomes who you are
#hard work + consistency = excellence
“If you never make a mistake, you’re not doing anything…”
Our Spiritual Care is guided by the leadership of our Chaplain Manager, Steve Slack, and our Topeka Chaplain, Clarence Newton.
Steve Slack, Director of Spiritual Care
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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Barry Metzger, Chaplain
Education: Pentecostal Theological Seminary, M.Div. | Lee University, B.A. Theology
Barry brings 7 years of pastoral experience and 25 years serving our nation’s heroes and their family members as an active duty Navy chaplain. He has served as senior pastoral care coordinator for ministry staffs in three of our nation’s largest military treatment facilities, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Originally from Wichita, Barry is excited to be back home in Wichita Kansas, where he was born and raised. He’s an avid Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan who enjoys golf and bike riding. Barry says, “Serving at GraceMed is special, as everyone who works and volunteers for this organization is doing sacred work. We as chaplains have the unique privilege of doing our part to provide for the spiritual needs of patients, their families, care providers, and one another, especially in times of crisis, pain, or struggle. I am proud and humbled to join our director, Steve, and fellow chaplains Don and Clarence in providing spiritual care for all.”
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