Because faith often plays an important role in people's lives, spiritual growth is recognized as one of the four cornerstones of recovery, which also includes physical, emotional and relationship growth. Lakeview Center employs a clinically trained chaplain who is available at all times to address the spiritual needs of our clients.
For Your Reflection (A Weekly Message from Chaplain Dan Hamel.)
In John 1 we read, "In the beginning was the Word. Before all things were made, there was the Word." What is this word?
A human word spoken from one person to another, a sincere word of love, first belongs to the one who speaks it. It lives in a person, it burns in him, and then it is spoken into the heart of another. But now we are speaking of God's Word – the living Word. This Word, this personal expression of God, was in the beginning with God and all things were made through him, and without him nothing was made. It is so powerful, it cannot be printed or written down.
This will be the kingdom of God – when God speaks his Word into people's hearts, when he judges them and they agonize over the injustice and wickedness, the lying, murder and discord, the impurity of this earth.
This Word became flesh and dwelt among us. It happened in the town of Bethlehem. The Word really became a human being, but he was and is the anointed God, the Christ.
By J. Heinrich Arnold, a Christmas reflection from Plough Publishing.