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    Mary's Musings: Grief, Loss & Healing

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainIs anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy?   Read More...

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    Mary's Musings: Reflection, by Joyce Rupp

    A note from Chaplain Mary:At the present time, I am vacationing in Alaska with my husband. I would like to share with you this article by my favorite author, Joyce Rupp, for my September article. Blessings to all, Chaplain MaryReflection – July 2019Within 20 minutes after settling into one of the comfortable cabins at the Cedars of Peace forest in the hills of Nerinx, Kentucky, I looked out the screened-in porch, amazed at what I saw.   Read More...

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    Mary’s Musings: Nurses are the Heartbeat of Healthcare

    National Nurses Week, May 6-12By Mary Bridges, chaplainWhen I was born, my oldest sister Dorothy was in nurse’s training at what was then Asbury Hospital in Salina. I still have the penny postcard my dad sent her to announce my birth. She worked as a private duty nurse for many years.My sister Betty, who was 10 years older than I, worked as a nurse’s aide for a year after she graduated from high school, waiting for her best friend to graduate so they could go to nurse’s training at St.  Read More...

  • Mary’s Musings on Holy Humor

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainGenerations of my family overcame untold adversity as they labored to make new homes in foreign countries. If asked, I would describe these Germans from Russia, who settled in Russell, as quiet, stoic and stern looking.Growing up I often thought I had been adopted because I felt like I didn’t really fit in. Laughter and humor have always been part of who I am, and my personality certainly didn’t match those mostly unsmiling, stern looking people I called family.   Read More...

  • Mary’s Musings: Christmas traditions

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainHere it is December, which means Christmas is right around the corner. According to Wikipedia Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25, as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. For many faiths, it is preceded by the season of Advent, which begins the Christian liturgical year.   Read More...