A Note on Pastoral Care
Here’s what Jesus said:
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ – John 15:1-9
In her 14 year tenure at St. John’s, Margaret Hutton embodied pastoral care. She has a knack for embodying God’s love, and she led us into the joy of showing our love for one another. Now that Margaret has moved on to new adventures some of us might feel the lack of a “point person,” the one on staff to whom we can direct our pastoral care needs.
Let’s face it—no one is going to replace Margaret. As time goes on we will hire someone to fill the gap we all feel from Margaret’s leaving. Of course, please call Jimmy or me, or anyone on the staff of St. John’s, with pastoral concerns. We are always here for you. We have a caring group of people, the Help Committee, who are skilled in listening and helping, and we can also refer you to them.
This can be a tremendous opportunity for us all to step up. God’s love is great. Don’t hesitate.
When you see a brother or sister that’s hurting, reach out to them. When you are hurting, reach out. Open hearts, kind words, and prayers can heal. We are all here for one another.