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Touching lives

Rev. Stanley reflects back on his 18 years as HAMC chaplain

September 11, 2009
Tribune Staff Report

Rev. Clarence Stanley said what he's going to miss most about his time as chaplain of the Heart of America Medical Center (HAMC) is the people.

You can't be somewhere for 18 years and not be touched by patients, their family members and HAMC staff, he said.

And Stanley certainly touched many through his kind words, encouragement and love toward those he shared time with during his chaplaincy.

He recently was recognized for his years of service by the medical center with an open house held late last month. At age 85, Stanley said it's time to slow down a bit, but he's going to remain in the community and looks forward to spending more time with his wife and family.

Fact Box

How do you say thanks?

Now that I am officially retired as Chaplain of Heart of America Medical Center, I would like to thank you for the privilege of sharing Christ's love for 18 years. What a blessed chapter in my life's journey. God's grace and mercy were my constant source of strength, joy, hope and peace.

It was Christ's love for me that inspired me to serve Him in serving you...yes to be a blessing. However, I received far more blessings than I could ever have been to "you all".

I made countless new friends over the past 18 years. I was privileged to share in the lives of individuals and families under every conceivable condition and situation, wherein I experienced satisfaction and fulfillment and received many words of appreciation and encouragement.

I also had the express privilege of sharing with all the Pastors of our area. It has been a rich blessing sharing as co-workers in Christ; with the affirmation of love, respect, caring and friendships.

So now, as an 85 year old, I am writing a new chapter in my journey with the Lord. I have multiple goals in woodworking and in the houses of the members of the church I continue to serve.

Yes, our paths will cross from time to time. True friendship will continue to be a blessing; as true friendship gives meaning and purpose for living.

Thanks for all your love, words and expressions of your love and appreciation as it verifies that any time spent as Chaplain was not in vain. For which I "praise God" who made it all possible.

A brother in Christ,

-Clarence E. Stanley

P.S. I am counting on your continued prayer support as I know God has a plan for my life.



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