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Most of us have lost count of the days due to our isolation. I certainly have and I am sure many of you have as well. Life has changed in so many ways. Some of the changes are difficult to process, and some are a tremendous blessing. Since I am performing tasks as Chaplain of LHP in isolation from my home office, my commute to work takes no effort at all. I get to enjoy my family without some of the usual rush and bustle required if I was working in the corporate office or driving to a property location.

These will be memorable days that we will talk about once the COVID-19 crisis is over. You can be assured that it will be over, and a vaccine will be given to combat future occurrences. As your Chaplain, I continue to pray for you and your family, and I will support you in any way I can.

What we thought might just be “hunkering down” for a few days has extended beyond what any of us expected. Many of us are separated from our loved ones, out of care for them. Plans have changed dramatically and without forewarning. Our hearts are breaking when the unthinkable happens and we cannot be with those who suffer. We worry about our livelihoods and lives.

These are challenging times and the heavy burdens we are carrying as a result of this global pandemic are more than we had anticipated. Many of our lives were already weighted with problems. Now is not the time to give up! It is a time for us to find strength within ourselves to keep pressing forward to the good days ahead. They will come absent of fears from the coronavirus.

I am reminded of a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “the ultimate measure of a man (woman) is not where he (she) stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he (she) stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I know that all of us can get through these difficult times if we set our eyes on “true north.” It has been said “hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.” We are in the present moment where we need to keep hoping for the best and keep praying for the best days that will come. So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!


By Chaplain Ghosten