While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Here at Southern Pines Healthcare Center that is goal to make a difference for patients and family members in their spiritual lives with encouragement, compassionate listening, and love. By meeting people at their point of need and providing a caring ministry that meets the patients, loved ones, and stakeholder’s personal and spiritual needs through their personal faith and beliefs.
Weekly Spiritual Activities:
Morning Prayer and Devotional.
Interfaith Worship Service on Sunday mornings.
Weekly Catholic Eucharistic Minister visits with Communion.
If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to call.
Chaplain Mike Kramer