Waterford Celebrates The Annual National Day of Prayer
Center of Waterford in Hialeah Gardens, Florida joined Signature HealthCARE facilities across the nation in “Praying for America”.
Gathered in the activities room of the Waterford building, patients, family members and stakeholders celebrated together this day invoking God’s blessings and protections upon the United States and its citizens. After opening the event with the national anthem, Chaplain Jacob Miranda, Director of Spirituality at Waterford gave the invocation followed by an introduction of the day’s activities.
Josue Hernandez, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hialeah Gardens spoke on the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:1-4. Carmen Telot, administrator at Wateford shared her testimony on experiencing healing through the power of prayer. Prayer petitions were read by the various stakeholders and volunteers in their native languages: Creole, Spanish, English, and Filipino. Lastly, Residents, stakeholders, and volunteers sang praise and worship songs to conclude the service.
An ice-cream social topped the afternoon and everyone in attendance enjoyed the afternoon festivities.
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” Psalms 29:2
Members of the band from Community of Faith Church blessed our residents and stakeholders with a special worship service on Saturday morning. The residents had their faces lit up excitement as they sang and worshiped God in fellowship.
Our chaplain committee and volunteers enjoyed a delicious breakfast cooked by our chef at Waterford.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1Peter4:10
In light of this passage, we are eternally grateful to have these special volunteers be part of our Chaplain Committee. They always look for ways to bless our residents at Waterford with the love of God, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. -1Peter 5:5
Young adults from Christ Fellowship Miami Springs came to Waterford over the weekend to serve our wonderful residents. They played dominoes, polished nails, and had an amazing experience along with our residents during their visit here. This is what is truly means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I’m proud of all the local churches and community leaders who gave of their time to show love in such a special way. Every resident who was part of this activity was extremely thankful for their presence. Likewise, the young adults from Christ Fellowship were very much blessed and humbled by the experience. We can’t wait to have them over again!
Thank you, Christ Fellowship Miami Springs.
Pastor of Christ Fellowship Miami Springs, Omar Gritilli shared a powerful word with our residents on the authority of Jesus to heal. It is not uncommon for prayer meetings to be filled with petitions pertaining to physical healing. Rightly so, there are many among us who are ill, recovering from knee surgery, or who are weakened by old age. The process of aging comes with physical infirmities that many could only wish to be healed from. As the chaplain of Signature HealthCare Center at Waterford, I’m reminded of death and sickness on a regular basis. In caring for my residents, I’m quick to pray for healing and expect a miracle. God undoubtedly cares for the broken hip as much as he cares for the broken heart. Nonetheless, there is also the great need for us to pray for the well-being of our spiritual health. Jesus knows that our greatest need is to heal from the brokenness of sin.
Omar reminded us of the story in The Gospel of Mark Chapter two, verses 1-12, where a paralytic man was healed by Jesus. The story tells us that Jesus was preaching to a great crowd of people. There were four men who were eager to take their paralytic friend to where Jesus was. They must have heard that Jesus had the power and authority to bring healing. Sure enough, Jesus had restored a blind man’s vision, healed a woman who had a bleeding problem for twelve years, and even resurrected a man named Lazarus who was dead for three days. The crowd that was surrounding Jesus did not allow the four men to bring the paralytic through the main entrance because the doors were being blocked from the multitude of people gathered to hear Jesus preach. They did not let this detour them, but instead came up with a plan. These four men made an opening through the roof and lowered the paralytic in front of Jesus. It was at this point in the story where Jesus acknowledged their faith and said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Jesus healed the paralytic, but he chose to first heal him spiritually by forgiving his sins.
It would probably make more human sense for Jesus to heal the paralytic of his physical infirmity before he would forgave him of his sins, right? What then is Jesus trying to teach us here? What’s our greatest need? What is truly important? God does not want to simply deliver us from physical pain, cancer, and fractured knees. He wants to bind our spiritual leprosy and prepare us for the glory that every faith child will experience in Heaven. Celestial ecstasies will exceed the memories of the greatest afflictions that we experienced sojourning earth.
I hope this story encourages us to pray more often for our spiritual condition. Jesus teaches us that our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jonh 1:9.
The story of the Samaritan woman is a reminder of God’s unconditional love. Despite our background, ethnicity, and past sins, God has chosen to make us objects of his grace and mercy. The human heart has a thirst for something deeper; it’s a spiritual desire that oftentimes is mistaken for lesser things. The story of the Samaritan woman shows us how to quench our spiritual thirst. There are many empty wells that promise us lasting satisfaction. However, we soon find out that many of the worlds attractions end up being broken vessels that only hold momentary delights. We need to stop going back to the things that leave us empty and thirsty again. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman in the 4th chapter of John, verses 13-14:
Moses had his brother Aaron as an assistant. Jesus had his disciples, and The Apostle Paul handed the gospel torch to his son in the faith, Timothy. God has not left us to do his work alone. He has always provided ministry partners in order that his mission on earth will spread the faster. When there is unity in the body of Christ, the kingdom of God expands and people’s lives are changed forever.
Manuel Ruda has been my Aaron, disciple, and Timothy wrapped in one. Mr. Ruda has been serving at Waterford for several years now. Our residents and stakeholders have the privilege to have him as a volunteer and part of our Chaplain Committee team. There is not enough good I could say about this man of God. He serves our people from a pure heart, doing the work of an evangelist and offering pastoral support. You could catch Manuel Ruda at any given moment compassionately holding the hand of our residents and giving them hope through prayer.
We are excited to have nominated Manuel Ruda for the Hall of Fame this year. As a token of our appreciation, we wanted to publicly thank him for his faithfulness in the ministry. We are grateful to have his pastoral care and wisdom.
We shared in the Lord’s Supper, remembering the greatest expression of God’s love toward humanity. God showed us his love by sending his son as a sin offering to everyone who believes. (John 3:16) His body was broken and his blood was shed (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) offering us peace with God and eternity in heaven.
On April 30, 2016, the Waterford Center hosted it’s annual Volunteer Ministry Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Spirituality Department and Chaplain Maria Meneses. Approximately 30 guests were on hand representing various denominations and churches that partner with the center throughout the year in various ministries.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast, which included eggs made to order by our executive chef, Glen Del Fiero, and other special treats. Music livened the morning when St. Barbara’s choir sang and everyone praised God our creator. Chaplain Maria awarded certificates of appreciation to each of the participants and several palancas, including coffee mugs and bags, were given to the volunteers.
Signature Healthcare of Waterford is grateful to the many wonderful volunteers who have graced the center with their presence and ministries.
For more information on how to become a volunteer at Waterford, please kindly contact Chaplain Maria Meneses at 305-556-9900 (ext. 3059).