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A thankful remembrance
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Reflecting on my tenure as a clinical pastoral care provider within Monroe's community since November 2003, and preparing for my new chaplaincy assignment at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, in Marshall, Minn., these words from a religious poem come to my mind: "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." Good-byes are moments of reflection. Accordingly, I'm taking this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to my sisters and brothers, be they my neighbors, friends, colleagues, and patients for allowing me to join them on life's journey by ministering to their emotional/ spiritual needs during their stressful events such as physical suffering and trauma, as well as those joyful events of new births or successful recovery from hospitalization.

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