The Chaplain's Notebook


It is exciting and comforting to know that we are not required to live our lives alone. The “impacts” of the events of life can feel like the intense shake of a California earthquake or like that of a blunt and swift stop when vehicles collide. Though life’s events can come quickly without warning and challenge us to the very core of our being, shaking up our belief systems, scrambling our thoughts or at times depleting our strength, we are not alone in that moment, situation or circumstance. Our Creator is ever-present, able and ready to be there with you and me. God was sure to implement a key component in His divine plan — a resource for us to work with Him — to meet our needs in those moments of happiness and pleasure and those times of hurt, uncertainty, confusion and loneliness.

What has God provided, you ask? Us! I can better define us as family, friends, co-workers, confidants and some of the greatest mentors of all time in His bible (The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordiero).

The word of God is complete and able to correct, comfort, build up, root out, encourage, confront and compassionately address the challenging moments of life. Proverbs 11:14 provides some great insight. It says, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.” Counsel is good when its aim is to move a person to a better place physically, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally and spiritually. This brings me to the Triad of Care the Department has in place. The Triad of Care is a collaborative and equipped partner, and its purpose is to be ready, present and helpful during all the ups and downs of your career and beyond. The Triad of Care is the Psychological Services Bureau team, the Peer Support team and the Chaplaincy team. There is safety in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14), and God has positioned and appointed a support group of people to come alongside you anytime. So, what can you and I find in “the safety of a multitude of counselors”? An ear to hear, clarity, a fresh perspective, caring advice from one who has walked or is walking your path of service and most of all, safety.