Explanations for "Two Castle Builders" Reading - Sunday, January 14th

Explanations for "Two Castle Builders" Reading - Sunday, January 14th

Explanations for "Two Castle Builders" Reading

My name is Ken Hart. Our church started providing Daily Devotionals at the end of 2014. It has my been my privilege to put them together over this time period and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue with this ministry as we go forward. The Devotionals run Monday through Friday. Back around Thanksgiving I started posting stories on holidays and weekends. Stories are a big part of my work world. I have been a hospice Chaplain for over 8 years and the people I care for relate very well to stories. Going forward for a while, I thought I would post some of these stories on Saturdays and share on Sundays how I apply them to those I care for. The kind of needs I address day after day are universal and I am confident that the things I share on weekends will be helpful to everyone. This sharing coupled with the weekday Devotionals will give us something to relate to every day of each week.

I posted the story “Two Castle Builders” yesterday. It is one of the best written pieces I have run across. It deals so effectively with the cycle of life and healthy preparation for the end part of the cycle. For the people I visit, the tides of life are washing in surely and quickly. Helping them to have child-like faith is essential. It is the person with child-like faith who can embrace the reality of the incoming tide because he has a perspective that says, “I knew this would happen.” Accepting the cycle of life allows a person to build their castle in life with a child’s heart so that when the sun sets and the tide takes, they can applaud, salute the process of life, and go home. I love the way the boy is described in the story as dusk approaches, “As the waves near, the wise child jumps to his feet and begins to clap. There is no sorrow. No fear. No regret. He knew this would happen. He is not surprised. And when the great breaker crashes into his castle and his masterpiece is sucked into the sea, he smiles. He smiles, picks up his tools, takes his father’s hand, and goes home.”

The sooner we embrace such perspectives on the end of life, the more healthy we will be in our approach to living wherever we are in the cycle of life. When I begin visiting a person, I tell them that my job as a Chaplain is to help them keep looking up and to keep their faith. I always say, “faith makes a difference, doesn’t it?” Almost invariably they say, “yes, I don’t know how people face life without faith.” I then say this to them, “I have found that faith has two main parts to it. First, faith is the assurance that God loves us and is with us in Spirit every moment of every day he gives to us helping us get through life in the best way possible. In whatever we face, God majors on producing in us a great sense of well-being by providing the peace and comfort of his presence. Second, faith is the assurance that in addition to his being with us in Spirit while we are here, we will be with him forever in Heaven someday when he is ready for us and says, “come on home.” Just having these assurances bring us a lot of peace and comfort, don’t they?

The stories I share with the people I visit, allow me to share again and again this two-fold understanding of faith from different angles. Over the weeks ahead I will share them with you and it is my hope that the lessons of faith gained from them will bless your life in special ways.

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