Has Your Life Been Touched by a Chaplain?


Have you ever connected with a chaplain — in a hospital, workplace, counseling center, or other setting? How did that chaplain help you or your loved ones in your moment(s) of need?

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Yes, my sister was in hospice care a few years back and the chaplain came in while I was there.  He chatted a bit then asked if we wanted to pray.  We said yes and he said we could pray with our eyes open looking at each other.  He said that was "ok" :)  The pray had so much more meaning and a terrific memory from our final days together.  Afterward, he asked my sister, "what do you want most?" and she said "Joy".  From that time on our family had a very clear path.  We worked the best we could to surround Dorothy with joy.  Music from Josh Groban, playing games, and one of the signs that we created said; The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.  Dorothy wanted joy for us then and now as we miss her.  I'm so thankful for the chaplain that facilitated this memory.

I was recently in the hospital for spinal surgery and had several visits by chaplain Carol Petter.  Her gentle presence, her inquiries about how I was doing and especially her prayers were very encouraging.