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​Spiritual Friday: Spiritual Accountability

Last week was a difficult week for the patient community as a whole. There were some accounts of disrespectful behavior and the patients did not hold themselves or each other accountable. So last Spiritual Friday, we asked, “What is the spiritual solution to this past week’s problems?” We discussed forgiveness, love, and spiritual accountability.

We began in the usual way, quietly with meditations bells, breathing, and a few readings. Here are a couple of my favorites:

“Let us forgive the worst among us because the worst is in ourselves, the worst lives in each of us, along with the best. Let us forgive the worst in each of us and all of us so that the best in each of us and all of us may be free.” -Leonard Peltier

“Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.” -Epictetus

We asked the patients, “What does this time together on Spiritual Fridays mean for you and how does it help you?”

  • “I never had any of this growing up. Friday helps me understand what G-d can be for me and that I am spiritual.”
  • “It helps me remember at the end of the week, especially weeks like this, that I can be better and that there is a part of me that knows how to be better.”

I played “Bridge over Troubled Water” and asked them why they thought I chose that song for this week. They answered, “Because we are in troubled waters and can’t make it alone. We need help – a bridge.”

Your spirituality is your bridge; the G-d of your understanding can be your bridge if you let it be. You can also be a bridge for each other, which means being spiritually accountable.

We had some really touching answers to the “If” Questions this week:

Q: If you could articulate what is missing in your life today, what would you say?
Being who I really am.

Q: If you could say what the most difficult thing to talk to your parents about is, what would you say?
What they had hoped I would have achieved by this time in my life.

Q: If you could have an angel whisper in your ear every day, what would you want to hear?
That I am allowed to be happy.

For all the spiritual leaders, it felt like we ended the week on a peaceful, spiritual note.

Praying for a week of healing.

Reverend Laurie Durgan