Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 2 - Issue 3
August 2000



In This Issue

How To Help Others

Feedback Is Good

Maureen Reagan to Speak

Fuller Seminary President to Speak

Save This Date

Why Do We Say That?

Light Notes

It's Amazing!

The Ring Bear

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How To Help Others
And Yourself At The Same Time!

Dr. James R. Kok

The first sermons I preached as a newly ordained minister were delivered in a large New York state hospital. My audience included every known diagnosis of mentally ill and brain damaged adults. Nevertheless my confidence was lower than a snake’s belly and I approached the task with fear and trembling.

At the conclusion of each service we chaplains picked a door at which we stood to bless the patients as they departed. It was a fascinating assignment. Men and women of all ages, races and diagnoses passed by with their individual style of accepting a word of cheer.

Some, of course, offered the standard words of appreciation. They were mentally ill but not without grace and intelligence — most of them. I especially remember one middle-aged gentleman.


“How To Help Others” is the seventh in a series of articles by Dr. James R. Kok on the essentials for a caring person.

A handful of basic tools —wrapped in courage— are the keys to open doors.

Dr. Kok believes there are 10–12 key concepts of which every caring person should be aware in order to step out as an effective friend and support-person.

They range from “naming the elephant” to “peace, peace when there is no peace”.

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