bless these hands
August 17, 2011, 6:00 am
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“Wow, that went fast,” friends and family say when we tell them Scott is done with his four units of Clinical Pastoral Education. Fifteen months, 15,600 miles, 1600 clinical hours, 156 nights away from home. Can you tell me who it went fast for? Yesterday, I traveled with my husband from our home, over the mountains to Corvallis to go to the small ceremony at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center honoring this achievement.

I am so proud of him, and his tenacity to start and finish a new, and daunting career. It has been a journey of self-discovery and soul searching, as he has broadened his ministry, and his mind. He has made tough choices and missed family vacations two summers in a row. Still, Scott is not one to do things halfway, and this internship was no exception. He excelled in all his work and was highly recommended by his cohorts and supervisors for his certificate. He has a calming presence that is felt as soon as he walks into a room, making a hospital chaplain a perfect fit for him.

The reality is, it does not change our unemployment status, there is not a job with benefits and financial security waiting for us. It is still a rocky, uncertain future and he has sacrificed so much already. Still, he is optimistic, and positive, modeling a type of faith that is practical and hopeful. Our family is stronger because he is leading us by example. Scott is following his calling and passion, while honoring his past. At the end of the ceremony, they read the following blessing and anointed his hands with oil. It was a perfect ending, to this new beginning.


Blessed be the hands that touch life

Blessed be these hands that feel pain

Blessed be these hands that uphold the dignity of the vulnerable

Blessed be these hands that create, comfort and caress.

Blessed be these hands that support the spirit of the Ill and dying

Blessed be these hands that fold to connect heart and spirit

Blessed be these hands that serve in the journey towards health and wholeness.



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congrats you Johnsons Folks! What great models your entire family is. Shandra

Comment by Shandra

Thanks Shandra, so good to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, it is wonderful to see your smiling face in the picture

Comment by Kari

Well, well, well, done! We pray that we never have a reason to encounter Scott in his chaplaincy work, but if we find ourselves in that situation, he is the one I would most want to see walking in the room. Calming presence indeed. And we pray blessings on those whose lives he has and will encounter throughout this career…and we pray for a JOB WITH BENEFITS!

Comment by Alissa


Thank you so very much. I shared your words with Scotty and he was honored. Thanks for the prayers and support!

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Comment by Barb Stoefen

thanks Barb, love you

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