Chaplains surely enter their share of emotion-saturated situations, but we still yearn for the private joy of hanging up a wet baptismal robe, too.
Today (May 17), patient, Beverly Franklin, surrounded by Gordon Hospital employees, medical staff members, and volunteers attending the Calhoun, Ga., Church, transitioned from learner to discipler by passing through the "baptistry door" to follow Jesus as a Seventh-day Adventist member. And, I got wet with her!
The Designer's plan worked so well! Hospital medical caregivers brought Beverly back from a near-tragic condition. Volunteer Chaplain and retired Southern Union leader, Glenn Smith, heard the yearnings of a spiritually-hungry patient. Church member, Veronica Shelton, befriended Beverly and provided transportation. Wednesday Night Soup & Study and the church choir gave Beverly more friends and a place to use her gifts. And, the New Beginnings Sabbath School Class supplemented my weekly in-home patient follow-up Bible Studies.
Yesss, there was plenty of joy for all! And, as for me, soggy is happy!
by Dave Smith, Gordon Hospital Chaplain