CHAPLAINCY AND PASTORAL CARE

We have managed to get through 2020 with its bushfires and COVID pandemic. In the ACT we have been so very fortunate, having escaped the ravages of both threats to date. However, these threats remain, and diligence is still required. Overseas we see and hear of the ongoing devastating impact of COVID in so many places. The sheer amount of suffering and death is staggering. This is the reality that confronts us daily on our news broadcasts.
More personally, perhaps, whether we are a resident, someone who cares for a resident, or staff, we all struggle with our own daily realities whether it be sickness, grief, isolation, loneliness, or the everyday stresses of work and family. The questions why? what if? and what next? can intrude on our awareness, and answers can seem in short supply.
As we face a new year with its list of uncertainties, we all need a greater reality to sustain us and nourish our spirits. As a diverse community that ‘something greater’ will vary among us. For some it will be a person, Jesus Christ. For others it will be family and friends, the natural world, or the cultivation of an inner calmness and peace. Whatever that ‘something greater’ maybe we look to it to provide us with stability and certainty in unstable and uncertain times.
David has written in Psalm 18,
“I love you Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Psalm18:1- 4, NLT
The world can be a very scary place. Jesus said, “ Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.”
Who would disagree? But he then said,
“—take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Whatever our ‘ something greater’ is this year, may we all know peace and safety.
Blessings,
Ivan Dehnert