Some of you know that with last year’s marriage law changes, my wedding officiating ministry has about dried up. A marriage ceremony is no longer required to solemnize a marriage in Alabama and that has drastically impacted the all-ready shrinking wedding industry.
That has been the bad news for me, but the good news is that after 12 years I am going back to work next month as a hospital chaplain at Providence Hospital, again.
However, I will be employed as “PRN” status, meaning “per-required need” like when help is needed to meet the scheduling demand or filling in as the two full-time chaplains need to take off.
That means that at CrossHope Chapel we will not notice any changes or absences on my part because of my employment with the hospital. CrossHope Chapel is still my first and primary ministry, just as it was when I was at the beach officiating 20-30 weddings a month.
I know that the Lord’s hand has been in our ministry at CrossHope Chapel, since our beginning, in our present, and into our future. Philippians 1:6 promises “that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Some of you have noticed a sense of restlessness on my part, but please know that it has not been with any condition or lack of condition regarding CrossHope Chapel. I have had some concerns dealing with the changes in my wedding officiating ministry and realizing that at 57 years of age, my employment skill level has its limits.
But, Praise the Lord, once again He has opened a door that I didn’t expect to be opened. Hospital chaplaincy is one of the hardest positions to get, because of minimal opportunities and necessary qualifications.
I am grateful, and have a sense of peace again. (Which means no more changes at church and getting back to normal – for those who have ears).
I believe the Lord’s hand has been in this opportunity for me to return to this position and ministry, and I am looking forward to seeing how His plans play out in the future for me and for us at CrossHope Chapel.