Reflection for the fifth week of Lent

Monday, April 8, 2019

in News

“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.” Joel 2:12-13

In our ministry we have entire rooms dedicated to the experience of waiting: waiting to see a doctor, waiting for test results, waiting for a loved one to come out of surgery, waiting for birth. At any given moment, in a hospital waiting room, a grandparent waits with bated breath for the arrival of their grandchild while, a few seats down, an adult child awaits the outcome of surgery being performed on their aging parent. At any given moment, in a hospital waiting room, life and death hang in delicate balance.

This week’s gospel story tells of a woman “caught in the very act of committing adultery,” and offers a similar example of how life and death hang in delicate balance. She is brought to Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees. While the law clearly requires she be stoned, they ask Jesus what to do with her. We know well his familiar response: “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” However, have we thought to consider how excruciating it must have been for the woman – face down in the dirt – waiting to see if stones would be thrown?

The season of Lent offers similar juxtaposition amid a period of waiting: we wait for the winter cold to dwindle and anxiously look for the spring sun to lure us out of hibernation, while, liturgically, Jesus awaits his painful journey to the Cross only to be resurrected on Easter Sunday. Indeed, we are utterly immersed in the dichotomous experience of waiting. Not only this, any of us who have even waited for anything know also how torturously long those last few moments of waiting can feel. The moment you see a door open and a doctor begin to head your way with news of your loved one; the moment the first footsteps walked away from the woman; the moment you see the first tulip bulb begin to emerge from the defrosting ground; waiting to discover the tomb empty. Waiting can feel like an eternity.

In each of these distinctive examples, though, we know also that the last few torturous moments of waiting offer a turning point—a pivotal moment of pause that somehow points to a shift, a feeling of the beginning of something new being created within us. As we watch the doctor walk toward us with news, or as we approach the tomb of Jesus, it is the moment just before we release the breath we didn’t realize we have been holding in. Indeed, it is in this very moment, that, if we’re paying attention, we feel God calling most ardently …

How are you being called by God, even now to “return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.”

Our hearts are so full! Mark (second from left), a sophomore, chose Jennings at Brecksville to benefit from a service project with his grandfather Ed (left). Together they held a drive at their parish and collected games, movies and other recreational activities for residents. They delivered boxes filled with fun, and we can’t wait to enjoy them. Thank you, Mark and Ed, for making a difference in our lives!

Jennings welcomes Michelle Gillchrist

Thursday, April 4, 2019

We enjoyed the opportunity to host Michelle Gillcrist from Governor Mike DeWine’s office. During her visit, Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck introduced Ms. Gillcrist to some of our innovative equipment and practices, such as the fall protection flooring in our rehab suites and the antigravity treadmill for physical recovery. [more…]

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Donor reaches philanthropy milestone

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

It was a great pleasure to celebrate Chuck Morelli, a volunteer and donor at Jennings, who reached a milestone philanthropic level. Staff members, together with Chuck’s children and some friends, joined us to show our gratitude for his generosity for his time and contributions to Jennings . Chuck’s story began with Jennings when he was [more…]

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How are you the merciful father? A reflection for the fourth week of Lent

Sunday, March 31, 2019

“I will get up and go to my Father and shall say to him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”
Luke 15:8
When asked, Mark Twain named Jesus Christ as the greatest storyteller of all time, and when pressed, Twain suggested that the Prodigal Son was his best work. The story is full of the [more…]

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Reflection for the third week of Lent

Sunday, March 24, 2019

 “Repent, says the Lord; the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:7
On a cold morning in November, Leigh Ann Tuohy and her husband, Sean, were driving when they spotted a young man walking alone along the side of the road in only shorts and a cotton T-shirt. As they drove past, Leigh Ann said [more…]

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The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The very first rock ’n’ roll concert was staged on March 21, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was called the Moondog Coronation Ball and featured guitarist Tiny Grimes and His Rocking Highlanders, saxophonist Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers, Billy Ward and His Dominoes, singer Varetta Dillard, and Danny Cobb. The concert was the idea of [more…]

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A Shakespearean Mystery

Monday, March 18, 2019

For a week in March each year, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, celebrates the life of William Shakespeare. From March 18 to 24, fans of the bard are invited to visit the Shakespeare family home and view his many famous works. However, there are some who believe that William Shakespeare did not write
the [more…]

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

“From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear him.” Matthew 17:5
How many times have we, upon witnessing a colleague’s or friend’s response to a situation, thought quietly to ourselves of the myriad ways we would have responded differently, or played out what we would do in his or [more…]

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The Patterns of Life

Friday, March 15, 2019

The third Saturday in March has been designated Worldwide Quilting Day, a global celebration of quilters and their fabulous creations. Quilts began not as the intricately patterned blankets we often use today, but as padded clothing. The first evidence we have of humans wearing quilted clothing comes from ancient Egypt. Quilted clothes were uncovered at [more…]

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