Today marks a turning point. It is not lost on me that it occurs on Epiphany. Today is my last official day as a full time Chaplain with Arkansas Hospice. For the past four years I have walked with patients, families, nurses, CNAs, social workers, bereavement specialists, DME techs, housekeepers, cooks, managers and hired caregivers through the valley of the shadow of death.
I have seen death and dying, up close and very personally — sorrow and joy, grief and relief, anger and happiness, fear and courage, hardened unbelief and powerful faith, broken and unbreakable families.
I have been privileged to serve with the very best. I have been changed by these past four years with my beloved coworkers and with the patients and families we served together. I pray that I have been faithful to the calling articulated by Michael Aureli, founder of Arkansas Hospice, to show:
“the tender mercy of our God whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79.
I am thankful for the years the Lord has given me in this calling, but now He has given me another calling. As I continue to serve as pastor of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pottsville, the Lord has also called me to help start a new church in Little Rock. You can find out more about this new calling at http://rivercityarp.org and why we are doing this at https://rivercityarp.org/why-do-we-need-another-church/.
Please keep our family in your prayers as we embark on this turning point in our lives.