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. The Chaplaincy team 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
Lenten Series: Journey to the cross
“As Christ bears the marks of his suffering in his risen body, our bodies in the resurrection will bear the marks of our suffering. Our wounds will become signs of glory in the resurrection.”
– Henri Nouwen, Theologian
A very important component of the Easter story is the revelation that Jesus’ resurrected body bore the wounds of his crucifixion. His followers were able to see the nail wounds of his hands and feet, and as the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “By His stripes (wounds) we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Jesus’ resurrected body reminds us of the glory revealed in His wounds. I believe that this is symbolic for us, in that God brings fulfillment into our lives by turning our spiritual wounds and brokenness into purpose and direction for the glory of His kingdom.
We see many who come through the doors of The Ottawa Mission who are emotionally wounded and broken in spirit. We also see many of those persons come to experience the healing of their wounds, and in that healing, they become alive again. They remain mindful of those past wounds, but those who truly come alive again, will willingly wear those marks in order to live lives that will glorify God.
As we celebrate this Easter season, may the resurrection story remind us all of God’s power to transform lives. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9