A Simple Gift Provides a Lifeline

Lutheran Hospital Chaplain Kathy Pforr shares a story that shows how LCS chaplains share the gift of Christ’s love.

“I met Linda when she was a patient on the Behavioral Health Unit. She was alone in the world having lost all who were close to her as well as her home. She would not talk and her only communication was angry outbursts. One day as I passed by her room and thought of her losing everything I had an idea. I went back to my office and found a beautiful purple afghan created by a member of the LCS Auxiliary for our patients.

“When I entered Linda’s room I unfolded the afghan, made it into a cape and asked her if I could put it around her. After several minutes she nodded her head slightly. As I placed the afghan around her shoulders I held her in a hug. Tears began to roll down her face and she grabbed a hold of me and said, ‘You know I love you!’ I told her that I loved her too and was sorry for how her heart was breaking. I asked her to remember that God loves her and I told her the story from the Bible of Lydia and her purple cloth.

“I know the purple afghan was a lifeline for her; one thing that no one could take away from her and that provided comfort. As a chaplain I try to offer a constant comforting presence to those who are hurting; someone who listens and offers encouragement through difficult life changes.”

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