May Spiritual Care Theme
Exodus 16:1-2 “The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.”
In the book of Exodus, the people of God journey out of the land of slavery in Egypt to Mount Sinai. While the people are led by God by fire at night and a cloud by day, the journey in the desert is filled with difficulty and grumbling toward God, Moses and Aaron. The people constantly are complaining about the lack of food and water in the desert and wish to return to the Egypt. In our verses this month, the people are stuck between Elim, a paradise of sorts filled with 12 springs and 70 palm trees, and Sinai, where God gives them the 10 commandments and makes a covenant with them. Between campsites, the people of Israel feel the pain of being without a place to call home.
As I reflect on these verses, I hear the pain of those around the world who are experiencing the pain of being away from home. I also hear the pain and stories of our residents. As I talk with residents especially those who have just moved in, many of them are experiencing the pain of being away from home and in a place that is “just not home.” Throughout the history of Baruch Senior Ministries, we have cared for so many residents feeling great sadness and longing to be home. While we constantly strive and want to make our Baruch homes a home for every resident, I do not want us to mask over the pain and sadness so many of our residents are feeling. For only after we take the time to listen to residents’ sadness and pain of being away from home, will our residents begin to feel at home at our Baruch homes.