A Note From The Circle of Life Hospice Chaplain

A Note From Our Chaplain

End of life issues bring many things to the table.  Not only is there the physical and the emotional needs of facing the future and its struggles, but also the spiritual side of the picture. As Chaplain for Circle of Life Hospice I have a heavy burden to help those who are in need.  I realize, however, that I am merely a man and that God is the only one who can provide true comfort in the midst of the storm.

Our God, our Heavenly Father, is real.  He cares for us as we who are parents care about our own children.  Our Heavenly Father knows our feelings and worries and cares for both the dying and those who will remain for awhile longer.  One of the greatest things Jesus did for us when He ascended back to Heaven was ask the Father to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus called the “Comforter”(John 14:16 KJV), was sent to not only live among us, but in us if we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior. With God’s very Spirit living inside us we get a “peace that passes all understanding” (Phil 4:7 KJV).  We get comfort from the only One who really does know what we are facing and going through.  We can pour our heart and soul out to God and will be comforted.

Hear these words spoken by Jesus in John 14:1-3 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in Me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

I believe, not only has God prepared a place for all those who are His children to go someday, but will be with us as we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4). If you are in that valley right now, I encourage you to allow God to bring comfort to your soul.  Myself and the great staff at Circle of Life Hospice & the Legacy Lodge are also here any time you need us.

God Bless,

Emery McDonald, Chaplain