Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you, not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 1 Peter 5:2 ESV
I once was invited by a fellow chaplain to bring some music to the Veterans Home in our city. While we visited a bit after the service, he related to me the following story:
“Not long after I retired from the Methodist church a few years ago and began helping as the chaplain I met one of our congregants downtown. He greeted me pleasantly and asked how I was and what I was doing. When I explained that I was working here as a chaplain, he stopped me and asked, ‘That’s wonderful, but are you pastoring a real church somewhere?’ “To which I replied, ‘ And what would a real church look like Bob?’ “
The calling that God has given some of us to serve in long term care facilities is about shepherding a part of God’s flock, and it is as real as it gets! Here at “Walking With Lambs” we are committed to encouraging, equipping and providing resources for those who are also doing all they know to shepherd God’s lambs in the final chapters of their lives. One resource that we offer is a free weekly newsletter. “Sunshine Newsletter“, is a two-page devotional newsletter and is made available by four of us who write, format and distribute it to 8-10 facilities in New York, Florida and Ohio. If you would like to receive Sunshine Newsletter, you can contact me at Revpete51@gmail.com. You are welcome to copy or distribute this by print or by email its contents in entirety. If you would like to contribute articles, news or fun insights into long term care ministry, I will be happy to send you a copy of our guidelines. God bless and have a wonderful day!