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Hospital Chaplain To Teach Developing Spiritualitty - Early
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 • Posted August 19, 2009

Developing one’s spirituality and learning how it can provide stress relief and hope during a time of illness seems most relevant to those who are currently sick and injured.

However, Alan Matthies, Director of Pastoral Care at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, will teach why it’s important to develop a strong spirituality before sickness and injuries occur.

The class will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. It is the last in a free series of seven to be offered at the Wellness Center in July and August called “Demystifying Alternative Health Therapies.”

The Rev. Matthies holds degrees in theology and a master’s of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary. He has eight units of clinical pastoral education from Parkland Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and has been the director of pastoral care at the hospital for three years. He provides spiritual guidance to patients and families when faced with the pressures of medical choices and with those who need the strength to heal from injuries and illness. As part of his daily devotions, he prays one-on-one for patients and their families—and for their health care providers—for healing and grace.

“Going to God is best if you start early,” he said. “Just like a good diet and staying physically fit can help someone heal easier from an injury or illness, developing a strong faith can provide hope and great strength when you’re sick—and a sense of purpose during a time of dying and death. Most people will pray when they’re in the hospital, but it’s important to start developing that relationship before you’re sick or injured. The Bible tells us God has a plan for each of us. This class will provide scripture-based evidence of that to help when you need it, and we will all need it at some point.”

Reservations to attend the class are required by calling the Wellness Center at (830) 997-1355.

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