In recent weeks, you’ve read a lot about the challenges faced by all of us during the pandemic, especially religious leaders as they confront issues of closed houses of worship, safety of congregation and staff, the spiritual and emotional needs of the faithful — and themselves. Each October, a day is set aside to thank clergy for all these do.
This Sunday, Oct. 11, is that day. In healthier times, there might have been ceremonies of luncheons to talk the men and women we seek in times of need. This year, several churches are doing separate events to thank their religious leaders. As for the community, Floyd Medical Center is sharing the following, a note that already has won the appreciatio of area church leaders. It reads:
Dear Clergy leaders and ministers,
As “Clergy Appreciation Sunday” approaches this Sunday, Oct. 11, our Floyd Medical Pastoral Care Department is thinking of you and the many ways in which you provide hope and healing to a world in need.
In a great time of uncertainty, we are reminded that you step in to help people weather the storm and visibly display in a tangible way the reality that God is truly with us. Whether it is making phone calls, creating a food supply chain, facilitating prayer, conducting worship or empowering your faith communities to do the same – you truly bring this awareness that we are not alone and that people truly matter.
In light of our present challenge, many of us may find ourselves alone, isolated, or feeling fatigued. When we are in the “trenches” it is way too easy to feel forgotten or we may even question our calling. What is needed most in those moments is encouragement. In all that we face, may we be reminded that God is at work. Take solace knowing that God’s calling and gifts are irrevocable. That includes you. For you are a gift and a key part of God’s mission.
We send you this blessing because we want to say “Thank you.”
May the grace of God filter to every aspect of your being that You are His child, called, and equipped to serve our Savior for such a time as this. May God’s Word refresh your heart and give you a welcomed respite amidst the chaos as you minister selflessly and tirelessly. May His daily mercies free you to learn and grow as you lead others to experience this Living Water from the well that never runs dry. May the providence of His care follow with a deep abiding assurance that God holds you safely in His care. May His love be the igniting force that continues to help you run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Amen.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” 1 Corinthians 15:58.
May God bless and fulfill His purposes in you, your family, and your care and ministry both now and forevermore!
Thinking of you,
Rev. Jason Jordan, ThM
Director of Pastoral Care
Floyd Medical Center / Polk Medical Center / Cherokee Medical Center
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- Druck Report: We can’t blame the pandemic alone for battering our clergy. Too many of us are the ones throwing those stones. Druck Report