Seeking Help From Others

Whenever we are able to help someone in need, we feel a sense of purpose. No matter if it’s helping a family member, friend, or even a stranger, those who give often feel a higher sense of reward than those they served. However, when we find ourselves seeking help when we are in need, it … [Read more…]

Goodbyes and Farewells

Last week, I found myself saying goodbye to those in my congregation at UniPlace Christian Church where I had been serving as an outreach community minister for the past two years. As I find myself excited to be transitioning into my next call of becoming a hospital chaplain, saying goodbye to those who have been … [Read more…]

Embracing The Passage of Time

As a small child, I can remember his towering figure, his energetic personality and Irish blue eyes that would light up every time we as his grandchildren would enter into his home. My grandfather, who would run with us in the playground, take us fishing and pretend to eat the worms we were using as … [Read more…]

Rendering Regret, Receiving Redemptive Grace

Lying in a hospital bed, he looked at me sitting across from him. With a pale and sunken face, white hair and dark pupils, he looked at me with confusion even though I softly explained who I was and what I was doing in his room. “Tell…her…I…am…sorry,” he said while gasping for breath. “She needs … [Read more…]

Remaking Life After Loss

Stepping into my father’s bathroom during a trip home from college, I could not help but notice the tacky blue walls and the ceramic fish that hung off of them. In a way, it resembled a questionable seafood restaurant you would find along the Florida interstate. But at the same time, the particle board walls poorly painted … [Read more…]

Savoring The Sweet Spirit

In the hall is where I would find her. Sometimes she would be moping the floor, other times helping fold sheets or pushing a cart of dirty laundry. Yet, whatever the task she was doing, she would always be talking with the other hospital workers ranging from the hospital administrators to those who worked in … [Read more…]

Recapturing The Gift of Christmas

As a child, visiting my grandparents on Christmas Day was special to me. While my grandfather never had many memories of celebrating Christmas as a boy since he grew up in various foster homes, he found ways to make the season joyful for his grandchildren. From the lights decorated on his small home in the … [Read more…]

Embracing the Unexpected Detours

It was one of the most difficult decisions I had to ever make. After spending a year struggling in the ordination process to become a Presbyterian minister, I came to the conclusion that while I still felt called to be a minister, it wasn’t going to be in the denomination where I had been raised … [Read more…]

The Beloved Community

Last spring, members of my church spent a day volunteering to help build a house for “Habitat For Humanity” in our town. Given hammers, nails, tape measures, and saws, our church was specifically tasked with installing a kitchen floor in the home we were building. While I like to think I am good at carpentry … [Read more…]