World religions are renowned for their sacred spaces and holy places.
Buddhists reverence special mountains, pagodas, and commemorative stone monuments.
Hindus cherish the River Ganges, which is honored as a goddess. Pilgrims journey to the
Ganges to bathe in sacred waters.
The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the five pillars of Islam and thus the aspiration of
every faithful Muslim. Mormons regard their temples as the only places on earth where
human beings can experience the fullness of God’s presence and power.
Jews and Christians have never been able to positively identify Mt. Sinai, where Moses
received the Ten Commandments. There are currently 20 candidates in the Egyptian
wilderness. St. Catherine’s Monastery, at the foot of one of those mountains, proudly
identifies a flourishing desert plant as the original burning bush where Moses received the
marching orders from God.
Nor have followers of Jesus ever been able to identify with certainty the so-called sacred
places connected with his life–the exact location where he was born, the precise spot
where he was crucified, and the very tomb where he rose from the dead. When I was in the
Holy Land several years ago there were differences of opinion on these sites. If we could
be sure on these places, we would be tempted to turn them into parks.
The startling news is that God isn’t limited to sacred spaces and holy places, God is
perfectly willing to transform us wherever we happen to be.
Patricia Miller recollects an experience from her years as a hospital staff worker.
“While at work in the emergency ward, I learned to stop crying at the pain around me. Each
day it seemed I was becoming more insensitive to people and their real needs. Five years of
emergency room exposure had taken its toll.” Then God intervened.
“I was taking information for registering a young woman who had overdosed on drugs and
attempted suicide. Her mother sat before me as I typed information into the computer. The mother was unkempt and bleary eyed. She had been awakened in the middle of the night by police to come to the hospital. She could only speak in a whisper. “‘Hurry up’, I said to myself, as she was slowly giving me the information. My impatience was raw. That’s when God stopped me-at the copy machine. He spoke to my heart clearly: ‘You didn’t even look at her,’ He repeated it gently, ‘You didn’t even look at her.’ I felt his grief for her and her daughter, and I bowed my head. ‘I’m sorry Lord. I am so sorry.’ I sat down in front of the distraught woman and covered her hands with mine. I looked into her eyes with all the love that God could flood through me and I said, “I care. Don’t give up.”
She wept and wept. She poured out her heart to me about the years of dealing with a rebellious daughter as a single mom. Finally, she looked up and thanked me.
“My attitude changed that night. My Jesus came right into the workplace in spite of the
rules that tried to keep him out. He set me free to care again.”
It can be inspiring to visit sacred spaces and special places. But the wonderful news is that
we don’t have to travel anywhere for God to open our hearts and our eyes. The place where you’re sitting right now here at Westminster Village is holy ground.
Faithfully, Ron Naylor, Chaplain
Dear Westminster Village Residents, Families and Staff:
We want to express our Gratefulness and Thankfulness for the ways in which you care for each other. Although we will not be able to gather tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day, we send our thoughts and blessings to each and every one.
Residents, thank you for sharing your life with us.
Employees, we are so grateful for each of you in your endeavor to provide care to our Residents. We know our journey is challenging and yet we are so thankful for each blessing that we have been given. Our very deepest appreciation for your cooperation, service, care for others and the kindness we share with each other. We truly appreciate your thoughts, prayers, well wishes, meditation and good vibes being sent our way.
Please be safe and remember to wear your mask properly over your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently and social distance appropriately.
This truly is our way of protecting each other.
Be Thankful, Be Grateful and Be Kind!
Many Blessings for your Thanksgiving Day!
Dale E. Lindley, HFA, President
Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President
Jennifer Peterson, RN, DON
Dear Residents, Family and Staff:
As of noon today, Westminster Village has NO COVID-19 positive Residents—all have recovered!!! We are thankful and grateful for this blessing and the amazing Staff who provide compassionate care that all Residents are receiving.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, if the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is 10% or greater, that indoor and outdoor visitations are not permitted.
As of today, the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is at 11%. Therefore we must follow the ISDH guidelines along with recommendations from the Delaware County Health Officer and our Medical Director of no indoor or outdoor visitations at the present time. However, window visits are encouraged and essential caregivers are permitted with a current COVID negative test on file.
Due to the high positivity rate in the State and Counties, it is strongly recommended to attend medically necessary appointments only—the risk is too high.
We encourage our families and friends to continue connecting with our Residents and your loved ones through phone calls, social media, FaceTime and window visits.
Next week we will be providing an update with guidelines regarding holiday family gatherings.
Once again, Staff, Thank You for the amazing job you are doing and Residents for your cooperation in this journey.
Please remember to wash your hands frequently, social distance appropriately and wear your masks properly—over your nose and your mouth.
Be thankful, have hope and know our actions are the best gift we can give one another. We are in this together! Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.
The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff
October 16, 2020
Dear Residents, Family and Staff:
Westminster Village has been diligent in following all of the CMS and ISDH guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our Residents and Staff is our number one priority.
Effective immediately, Westminster Village Muncie will restrict all visitation to our community as recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health due to two (2) Residents and one (1) Staff testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
For the health and safety of all Residents and Staff, at this time NO individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter our community for indoor or outdoor visitations except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways, including window visits.
Please know that the news about the Delaware County spread of this particular virus is concerning for all of us. At this time due to the increasing Delaware County spread of the virus and persons over 60 years old are of greatest risk to this deadly virus, we strongly discourage all residents from leaving the building other than for medically necessary appointments only.
Again, thank you for your anticipated cooperation. These guidelines are set to protect the overall wellbeing of your loved ones’ health and that of the staff. This is a priority very close to our hearts. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.
The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff
What are the most memorable meals you have ever eaten?
Years ago when I was in high school our Pastor took us on a mission trip to rural Maine where we worked in a camp for handicapped children. It was quite an experience for a young man from northern Indiana to see a part of the country that I had never visited. One afternoon we went to a lobster cookout in the small village where we were located. I had never eaten lobster but to this day I can still remember the delicious lobster which we could eat all we wanted that day. I still enjoy an occasional visit to Red Lobster.
Just a few years ago I was in Croatia after their war with Serbia. I was with a group from my denomination visiting church leaders in Eastern Europe. In this small village which still showed the signs of war on almost every house, we were met by about 10 people who had gathered together a small lunch which obviously took much of their resources since they were very poor. I still remember their sandwich of egg salad which was made with love for these fellow Christians who had come so far. I remember praying with them and only after a few hours listening to their stories with the help of a translator we felt we had known one another for years.
Over my 28 years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muncie, we made over 25 mission trips to a small village in the Yucatan of Mexico. At the end of every week the people of the village of Xocenpich would throw a fiesta with all kinds of Mexican treats.
Without question, most of the meals I have eaten in my life I can’t remember at all. It’s challenging–in fact for me to remember a good deal of anything I have eaten within the past seven days. But I have the distinct impression, however, that if I hadn’t eaten some good meals over the duration of my life, I wouldn’t be here right now.
What are your most memorable spiritual experiences?
One could be joyful while another traumatic. One might happen in a quiet chapel while you were alone, while another might be with hundreds of other people at Vatican Square in Rome or in a gospel sing at your church. Sometimes God’s Spirit comes into our lives as a lightning bolt while for others it felt more like waking up to the realization that you are deeply loved by a God that will never let you go.
Truly memorable spiritual experiences are wonderful. But for many people they are few and far between.
What keeps us spiritually alive? Daily prayer, moments of silent meditation are essential. Reading the Bible even when it feels like we aren’t learning anything new will often bring new insights when we least expect it.
It’s challenging to remember specific discoveries from most of our most memorable feedings. But we get the distinct impression that unless we make time day by day to feed our inner spiritual world we would have starved a long time ago.
Throughout this fall season, our bodies will faithfully remind us every day that we need to eat.
May we also heed the more subtle pangs of spiritual hunger that God faithfully sends our way.
Ron Naylor, Chaplain
“Divine Fraud Detector”
A few years ago I got a call from the fraud department that supports my VISA card.
“Mr. Naylor, we’d like you to confirm a couple of expenses that were recently charged to your account.” Whenever I hear those words I take a deep breath. I wonder what grabbed their attention.
Did you have lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s on McGalliard in Muncie last Friday? “Yes, I did.” I answered, remembering the salad bar and chicken sandwich I ordered. “Good,” said the nice lady from the fraud department. “Later that day did you purchase two first class tickets on Delta Airlines from New York City to Paris?” It did not take long for me to respond, “Definitely not!”
Somewhere in the digital cloud there was a computer algorithm that discerned that I was a Ruby Tuesday kind of guy who liked salad bars and chicken sandwiches but not the kind of guy who flies first class to Paris. I was immensely grateful that the fraud division of my bank brought this issue to my attention.
We all need fraud detectors in today’s wired world.
We also need a fraud detector in our personal lives. In particular we need someone close enough to us to say: “How can you even think about doing what you’re thinking of doing?”
We need at least one person who knows us well enough to call us out. The leadership landscape is littered with top drawer CEO’s, coaches, politicians and high-profile Pastors who didn’t have such a person to confront them when they knew they were in need of being confronted when tempted to cross the line.
These cataclysmic falls from grace are a continuing reminder that perhaps, far more than we imagine, we often do not see our own behavior or discern the limitations of our own thinking unless a mentor is there to tell the truth. I am convinced we all need someone in our lives who will be such a trusted friend that will speak the truth to us when we need to see what we don’t want to see about our actions.
Proverbs 24:26 states: “An honest answer is sweet to the lips.” In other word, honesty is the key to friendship.
VISA hates fraud because it hurts the bottom line.
We need to despise our own moral, ethical and spiritual phoniness that has the capacity to damage not just our own lives but everyone else.
Ask God to provide you with one of life’s greatest treasures–a friend who is not afraid to love you enough to call out “fraud” when they see you going the dishonest direction.
We all need that kind of loving friend.
Ron Naylor, Chaplain