CHRISTIAN CARE

The PruittCares Foundation is a natural outgrowth of PruittHealth’s Christian principles and is a manifestation of PruittHealth’s core values.

Through support for our chaplains, providing on-line devotionals, and connecting all of our facilities with local faith communities, PruittCares Foundation supports PruittHealth’s commitment to cultivating a Christian environment by loving, giving, and caring for all we have the privilege to serve.

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Experiencing Joy is not dependent on our circumstances

Dictionary.com defines joy as "The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation."   Many times we equate joy to be the same as happiness. I tend to disagree. Happiness depends on what is "happening." Dependant on the circumstances we find around us.  Joy runs much deeper... It can still exist even in ...
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Assured Joy in the midst of Affliction

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich;  having nothing, and yet possessing everything. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:10 Paul, Jesus' ever suffering apostle reminds the Corinthians and in so doing reminds us, that grace and joy can persist amid affliction when we hold things in faith. Joy can persist even in our fragile, ever changing bodies and lives.  “We ...
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The Joy of the Lord is our Strength

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  John 15:11, NIV Joy: “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness; a thing that causes joy.”  Webster’s Dictionary “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” Carlos Santana Ray Kroc, of McDonalds fame, helped catapult the ...
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The Sting of Grief

Having experienced multiple (close and personal) losses, I am poignantly acquainted with the sting of grief. The loss of my oldest sister who died at the age of 36 with five children, my only brother who died from complications with drug addiction, my first child who died on my birthday, my father who died when I was only 18 years ...
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God’s Communicable Attribute of Joy!

Did you know that joy is a communicable attribute of God?  It’s true. There are attributes that God has, that that are communicable to us and joy is one of them.  Anyone who does hospice work knows that from time to time, gloves and masks are necessary because, as humans, we know there are communicable diseases that we don’t want ...
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My Life for Yours

I have come to believe that the best definition for explaining love comes from catholic writer Thomas Howard who gives us the phrase:  My life for yours.  And where is this principle ‘my life for yours’ better demonstrated then in the birth of a child?  I have never met parents who did not think that the birth of each of their ...
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May we journey like the Magi

When it comes to the nativity scene, its  perhaps the Magi (the wise men) with whom we most identify.  I say that because their journey in many ways resembles our own today.  Just like the Magi who travelled far, we too have travelled far in our own lives.  Just like the Magi, who came with a pursuit of intellectual curiosity, ...
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God Bless Us Everyone!

One of the most popular holiday traditions between Thanksgiving and Christmas is watching and re-watching all the great Christmas movies.  “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Christmas Vacation,” “The Christmas Story,” and yes, the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  But before all of them came Charles Dickens 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The famous story came to the big screen for ...
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The Magnificat of Mary

Author Kathleen Norris makes the wry observation that Protestants have a limited attention span for Mary, the mother of Jesus. She writes: “We unpack her from the box at Christmas time and then pack her back up again, with our other decorations, after the holidays are over.” The fact is, Christians often say less about Mary than the New Testament does. She ...
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Hope In the Midst of Grief

It may seem a bit of an oxymoron to think that Hope and Grief could co-exist.  You are invited to ponder that thought in this devotion. If one would define Hope, it could be described as a “desire of anticipation with an expected end”.  We hope for many things in life. Hope to get married, hope to get through a ...
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Holding All Things Together in times of Grief

Holding All Things Together in times of Grief “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:17) On 17 July 1985, at the age of 49, my father, hero, and mentor, took his last breath.  He died of a cerebral hemorrhage, the result of unchecked and, therefore, unmedicated, high blood pressure.  In a short span ...
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Finding Peace in the Midst of Storm

Several years ago I remember viewing a painting, just casually glancing at various items on the internet. The indelible imprint that image had upon my mind is with me to this day. I have used it as an illustration in sermons, shared it’s meaning in attempts to be comforting to hurting folk, and extolled it’s insight to family and friends ...
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Finding hope in times of grief

“Grief is not a sign that you’re unwell or unevolved. It’s a sign that love has been part of your life, and that you want love to continue, even here.”  ― Megan Devine, It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand It has been said that life is a journey.  My life ...
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Hope in the midst of grief

Comfort for the givers of comfort “Mom, my baby’s dead.”  My daughter’s hysterical voice was heard on the other end of the line.  “I just came from my regular checkup and the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat.” I felt weak.  How could this be happening, AGAIN?  Our children had previously experienced the loss of their first baby.  Things were to ...
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Closing Shop

Ecclesiastes 12:2-4 English Standard Version (ESV) 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3 in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows ...
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Been there done that

When are going through a tough time in life, one that seems hopeless, it is good to talk with someone who has “Been there done that.”  Paul said: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus can sympathize and ...
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Hope in the midst of grief

Isaiah 57:1-2 The righteous perishes,And no man takes it to heart;Merciful men are taken away,While no one considersThat the righteous is taken away from [a] evil.2 He shall enter into peace;They shall rest in their beds,Each one walking in his uprightness. I Did a Funeral service for the late Mr. Edward Wright in the Month of July, 2019. Mr. Wright was a great man that had six boys and three ...
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A Comforting Comforter: Hope in the Midst of Grief

Sharon awakened to the smell of coffee brewing.  John’s pillow is cold. He must be downstairs drinking his coffee. That’s his usual habit in the mornings.  He’s probably drinking from his favorite mug. The one we found last summer at the Lego store. That was one of our best vacations.  After walking on the beach and watching the waves, we ...
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Learning to See Again

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know ...
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Cultivating Hope in Seasons of Grief

Stories have meaning, and sharing small stories help us find our place in the bigger story of our lives. As a hospice chaplain I often listen to the stories of patients reflect on their lives sharing one meaningful story after another. As they struggle with failing health, sickness, brokenness, and grief, my patients recount stories of family and faith and ...
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The Groanings of God bring Hope for us All

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope ...
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Where do we place our hope?

Human beings are built to be "hope-based" creatures. We cannot live without hope. Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and psychologist who was in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II often said that even within the narrow boundaries of the concentration camps he got to know only two kinds of men: decent and non-decent ones. This is what he wrote in his ...
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Living as Hope Based Creatures

Hope.  This is a word that comes up over and over again throughout the Bible.  It is a word that appears over 80 times in the New Testament.  What is interesting is that many theological commentators agree that the Greek word we translate into the English as hope is not the best translation.  The reason for that is that the ...
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