December 12, 2019

My wife Karen and I were asked to play Joseph and Mary in

our Church’s Christmas Musical. We dressed in period-appropriate garb, robes, sandals, etc., and carried the "Baby Jesus" doll wrapped in a blanket to the manger. We did all this while singing, “Silent Night” wit...

December 7, 2019

I was visiting a patient who was actively dying. She was

somewhat unresponsive but still aware of what we were saying an doing around her. I spoke kindly to her, prayed for her, and when I was leaving, I kissed her on the forehead. 

As soon as I did it, I felt at risk. S...

November 23, 2019

I was doing a funeral for an Army Veteran with full military

honors. As you may know, this includes a flag draped over the coffin which is folded and given to the surviving spouse or daughter. In 30 years of ministry, I’ve done several of these, but this was the first a...

November 16, 2019

I was visiting with a very sweet 95 year old lady who had

recently been admitted as a hospice patient. She was mentally sharp, but failing physically with COPD and other ailments. At one point in the visit, she looked me in the eye and said, “Chaplain, I haven’t told a...

November 2, 2019

I knew I had made the right decision regarding having Pastor

Steve Cianci take the lead at our newly created church. This was once again confirmed in my mind when he gave a tithing and sacrificial giving sermon that was the best I’d ever heard.

Still, when I met a new,...

October 27, 2019

Sometimes, out of the blue, God gives us encouragement.

One week, got an inbox full of endorsements based on this email from the Medical Director where I serve as a Hospice Chaplain:

"I want to take this opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful man in all our live...

October 19, 2019

I recently had a 94-year-old woman propose that I dump my

wife and marry her. She said she liked my face. Despite the fact that this was driven at least in part by her senility, I couldn’t help but feel a little spark of pride.

I quickly texted my wife and told her she...

October 12, 2019

Karen and I recently returned to an “old stomping ground” in

Mt. Pocono, PA. Our families were involved in what we now see as a cult group that owned property near the Mr. Pocono airport. We met there annually for our attempt at keeping the Feast of Tabernacles from Lev...

September 28, 2019

Jim was dying.

Oh, we didn't know when, but it was clear that his illness was terminal and he didn't have long. As such, his son Jim Jr. wanted to make peace. There was a long list of hurts to review and no easy path to reconciliation. Still, the two were making good gr...

September 21, 2019

I grew-up in pseudo-Messianic Jewish organization. Actually,

it was more of a Christian cult group that tried to keep the Law of Moses and then add the teachings of Christ on top of that. It didn’t work well and eventually, the founder passed away and the doctrines were...

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