For Parish Nurses

Spiritual Development



I bore you up on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Exodus19:4 
A baby eagle fell toward the rocks on the ravine below. Suddenly the mother eagle appeared, swooped down and caught the young eagle on her back. She flew up and dropped the little eagle. This time the father eagle caught the little bird on his back. The parent eagles continued until their young offspring learned to fly  
As we grow older, we may be afraid to try our wings as we face new challenges. Our heavenly Father watches over us and spreads his wings beneath us as we develop new skills at any age in service to others. The Father who loved us enough to send his Son to die for our sins will not forsake us in our earthly flights. So fly with wings like eagles! The Lord will lift you up.
When I grow tired, lift me up on your wings, Lord. Give me the courage and the strength that I need for today. Amen.
Ask: What is the challenge you now face? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Leo Symmank
Seabrook, Texas 
Read: Psalm 103: 1-5.
Published by Hope-Full Living: Daily Devotions for Living Life to the Fullest
by Creative Communications for the Parish: 2

To see the three devotions in Graceful Aging series click on the following:
The Gift of Hope                   The Gift of Humor                             The Gift of Vision

Resources for Spiritual Development
Spiritual Direction – Seeking a Spiritual Companion
Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul. (Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA)

Some of you may wish to seek a spiritual director as a way to nurture your own spirituality.  This document briefly describes what spiritual direction is, identifies common misconceptions about spiritual direction, and gives you ideas on how to find a spiritual director.  Spiritual maturity and growth is critical for the parish nurse.  As you support others wholistically, tending to your own soul is important.  Spiritual Direction is only one way of keeping yourself on solid footing spiritually.  You might have other disciplines and practices that meet this need for you.
Please Click here for a more indepth discussion of Spiritual Direction by Carol DeSchepper,
including a web site to locate a Spiritual Director in your area.

Melissa's Prayer Journal:  The Power of Prayer in the Face of Cancer
A resource for faith encouragement and development, especially for people with health issues. In her letters to God, Melissa perfectly illustrates the power of positive coping in any circumstance! Give this book to anyone struggling with faith, health, or life issues, and let them learn Melissa’s secret for thriving in spite of difficulties!

Web sites for Spiritual Renewal and Growth
This is a wonderful spiritual resource from author and retreat and conference speaker, and spiritual "midwife"".  Joyce has a B.A. in English, a M.R. E. in Religious Education, and a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology.  She is a member of the Servites (Servants of Mary) Community and was a volunteer for Hospice for fifteen years.  She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa.  To sign up for her monthly newsletter go to

Joyce Rupp will be leading a retreat at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center,  9/24-28/2017.
For more information see:

God Pause Daily Devotion
Looking for spiritual refreshment? God Pause email devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your email box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.