On this Thanksgiving Eve, I have much for which to be thankful. I have a beautiful, healthy, and loving family. This is our first Thanksgiving in our amazing new house. We are part of an amazing church community. The lights/heat are on. The bills are paid. The election is over. More reasons than I can count to give thanks…
However, today, on this particular Thanksgiving, I’m particularly thankful for the new opportunity God has presented to me. As most of my “followers” and “friends” know, for more than two years, I’ve been pulling my hair out to get a senior care company off the ground. We have had some amazing successes and have met some fabulous people. More recently, however, keeping this business from going under has been a monumental task. I have fought tooth and nail to overcome marketing/sales hurdles, client satisfaction problems, financial challenges, and more than anything, overwhelming staffing issues. All in all, I’ve been doing the work of three or four people and the cost of that endless labor and stress has taken its toll on me.
That’s what made the phone call I received last Friday my primary reason to give thanks this year. This past Friday, I was invited to become the newest full-time chaplain with Bethany Hospice. Bethany Hospice has been faithfully and compassionately serving patients on life’s final journey throughout the Pittsburgh region for the past 12 years. My job will be to provide or coordinate the spiritual/pastoral care for the patients of Bethany Hospice. I will be one of many people making up an interdisciplinary team providing holistic palliative care to those in need of it the most. Opportunities which uniquely fit my education, experience, and personal passion like this do not come about all that often, thus I took it as a sign. No more 12-16 hour days. No more fighting with unreliable employees. No more minor panic attacks every time my phone rings. Just spiritual/pastoral care from 9-5, Monday through Friday. I’ll be able to have dinner with my family again. I’ll be able to lead Bible studies and attend meetings in the evenings. I’ll be able to preach/teach on Sunday. I’ll be able to do all the things I absolutely love to do in the city I love. I am so very thankful.
Dignity Home Care Professionals was my baby. I desperately wanted it to work. I had no doubt in my mind that this company would be a success. My business partners and I truly did everything we could to keep it afloat, but the challenges were simply too numerous to keep up with. I am grateful for the experience and wisdom this business provided. I am also grateful for the many fantastic people I’ve met. I am a better, wiser, more capable person as a result of this experience. I will be forever grateful to Tom and Bethany Schad who “took the leap” with Erin and me to see this business launched. Their faith and belief in me (and this idea), especially at the particular time we were getting started, was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I’ll never be able to repay them for their faith and investment in me. I will always be grateful.
This morning I spent a few hours visiting my first round of patients with Bethany Hospice. While I wish my own company would’ve been a raging success, it is so refreshing to wake up in the morning looking forward to the work day ahead. I am beyond thankful. God is far too good to me. I pray you can sense his goodness in your life as well. May your Thanksgiving be blessed.