Friday, April 24, 2015

Personal Request - Chaplaining

After thinking about this for quite some time - I'm going to ask something of you.

I love being a teacher and a chaplain. These two roles make my life complete. However, it appears that one of my chaplaining jobs is about to disappear. And - not only will this hurt me, it will certainly hurt those I serve; patients and staff.

Sadly, in Utah, chaplains in the clinical industry are sadly under-rated, under-appreciated, and under-utilized, and typically unknown. And this is my situation. No matter how high of a profile I maintain, no matter how many people I serve and accolades I receive, because of this, at the bottom of the day - educated people do make uneducated decisions. With my elimination those I serve will no longer be served, other chaplains will be over-worked, and the programs I have put in place, and the relationships I've built, will no longer be viable.

If you can please send prayers, positive energy, intentions, and kind thoughts to your Higher Power, for those who are in decision-making roles, that their eyes and hearts can be open to the services that are rendered, by and only by chaplains; that they may see the higher picture and be truly touched by the need for chaplains, I would really appreciate it (my Faulkner sentence). Decisions will be made by the end of this month.

I have spent this past month practicing the AA 3rd step: "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God (as we understood Him)." And I've done pretty darn well, but at this 11th hour, I'm also reaching out to you.

I have shared my highs and lows, goods and bads, on this blog, and today is the day for you to see me at another one of my vulnerable and pivotal places.

Thank you -

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