The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 25 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey. The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. He also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
REFLECTIONS FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
Each day in the chapel service that is held at The Ottawa Mission, one of the favourite worship songs is entitled “We are one in the spirit.” This song is also more commonly known as, “They will know we are Christians by our Love”.
Recently, I have been reflecting a lot upon my role as a chaplain, which caused me to migrate to one verse of this song in particular:
“WE will work with each other, We will work side by side,
and we’ll guard each one’s dignity and crucify our pride,
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…”
After 2 decades of serving various organizations as a chaplain, I have come to realize that these words properly define my role as chaplain to the clients of The Mission. I guard the dignity of our clients by walking alongside them and being a listener and try to provide an emotionally safe space. I am witness to how God is already at work in their lives as they have made the choice to come through our doors and seek help.
Please pray for the continued courage of all of those who have taken stock of their lives, and who have stepped forward in faith to ask for and accept help from the many life-changing programs that The Ottawa Mission has to offer.
Chaplain Greg Rodgers