February Reflection: There’s Still Time to Love

I began the month of February with good intentions to post to the Chaplain’s Corner at the beginning of the month. Like everyone’s week, mine can get busy, chaotic, and all around out of hand. Thinking back to the beginning of the month, I had planned to have an encouraging reflection about love, because after all, that is what we think about most in February.

However, here we are a week after Valentine’s Day and I am just now posting this month’s reflection. Nevertheless, there is still time to live out the love that Valentine’s Day cards, flowers, and dates seek to show. In fact, we have an even greater opportunity to show the residents and staff here at the Bridge at Monteagle love.

We must always remember that love is a verb, not a noun. It is not a word reserved for one day. It is an emotion that is best shown through daily actions of honor, respect, and dignity through loving acts.

I am encouraging all who read this, and each person who has a stake in what happens every day here at the Bridge, to find ways to express love in a way that shows we believe it’s a verb. Send a note of love to your loved one here. Write a card to your loved one’s nurse or CNA to thank them for the love they’ve shown to your family member. Take a moment to pray or meditate, asking for love to be felt by your parent, family member, or friend who makes the Bridge their home. Better yet, find a new and fresh way to show your love to the residents and staff here.

I’d love to hear your ideas (chaplain.monteagle@signaturehealthcarellc.com).

Above all, let none of us forget two things:

  1. Love is a verb, best exercised by daily acts.
  2. No matter the day, be it February 15th, March 3rd, June 30th, etc., there is always time to love.

If there’s any way I can show any love or support to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me here at the Bridge at Monteagle either by phone (931-924-2041) or email (chaplain.monteagle@signaturehealthcarellc.com).

With Love,
Joel P. Reynolds – MDiv
Director of Spirituality