Given the recent wave of Covid cases, I have received calls for spiritual and emotional care. There are so many thoughts and emotions one may feel:
- How did this happen?
- How is my body going to react?
- When will I get back to feeling normal?
- Will my friend or family member recover soon?
In some cases, the symptoms have increased to the point of requiring hospital care and long term recovery. Mostly, others experience symptoms that the CDC has already described as mild, but still requiring rest and recovery.
For those who find themselves in either case, it may be helpful to talk with a chaplain. Sometimes friends and family members want to listen and support but don’t have the words or experience to truly understand what you’re going through.
Some of the benefits of speaking with a chaplain include:
- A safe place to process what you’re experiencing and make sense of what you’re going through
- Identify spiritual, emotional, or daily needs and have a plan to receive support
- Receive prayer or short term counseling care
- Receiving spiritual/emotional care has shown to be a vital aspect of recovery
If you’ve been exposed to Covid and would like spiritual/emotional care, the following options are available for support:
Call or text the corporate chaplain at your worksite (HR will have the contact info as well)
We can utilize online platforms such as ZOOM, Facetime, or Facebook Messenger to do a live video chat.
As chaplains, our hearts grieve for those who lost loved ones due to Covid. We have seen an increase in calls due to hospitalization or the death of a loved one. We are available to provide grief care for you and the family.
Your health and recovery matter. Honoring the loss matters.
Personal Pain and Purpose // Professional Pain and Purpose
Much of what we do centers around these four realities.
- Personal pain.
- Personal purpose.
- Professional pain.
- Professional purpose.
As chaplains, we’re navigating these worlds and realities with spiritual intelligence (SQ). We’re pulling from our faith tradition, social science disciplines, business leadership, and even the arts. We’re encouraging change and growth in these four quadrants.
That’s why it’s so vital to have a great working partnership with the CEO, the president, the owner. The company has the capacity to be in the business of helping people grow and change, personally and professionally. As Phil Knight (co founder of Nike) once said after visiting one of his signed athletes at the hospital, “It’s never just business. It never will be. If it ever does become just business, that will mean that business is very bad.” Knight understood that business was about people, purpose, coping with pain. It was all encompassing.
In some ways, we function as corporate chaplains (to address personal pain and a seeking of purpose and meaning), but also as corporate consultants (to address professional pain and a seeking of purpose and meaningful work). We long to journey with an employee as we enter into their “inner culture” and learn more about their pain and need for purpose. We also long to journey with the employer as we enter their “work culture” and learn about the company’s pain and drive for purpose.
As chaplains/consultants, we can’t separate these two realities: personal and professional. In the workplace, they’re so intertwined. We’ve tried. It just doesn’t work.
The aim is to be a service that engages the team member where they are and assist in helping them flourish.
I was recently speaking with a few people about some hard circumstances they were facing. After they shared some details about their situation, they asked me, “What advice might you have?” What immediately came to mind was “short term steps, long term vision”.
Sometimes we find ourselves in tough spots and need some short term steps to get out of the jam we may find ourselves in. What I have discovered is that it can feel overwhelming to face the dilemma. We avoid it and not think about how it makes us feel. We might experience fear, hopelessness, or anxiety if we think about the issue.
Are you willing to be wrong?
Are you someone who is willing to listen?
Are you open to new ideas that are different than yours?
Are you always right in your mind?
Are you more willing to get your point across than to listen?
Are you fixed on your ideas and thoughts and unwilling to be wrong?
If the former, then you may have intellectual humility.
If the latter, then pride/ego/I’m-always-right ego is the beginning of the fall.
Silence: 30 seconds
Read Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:3-10
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Silence: 30 seconds
Read Scripture Text: Ephesians 1:7-10
“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.“