We are at the end

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1)

My involvement with this column began more than 700 weeks ago.  Since then, it has grown to be over 3,500 column inches in length (about the length of a football field).  The Chaplain’s Corner has been a place where we could reminisce of days gone by and lessons learned.

It was a place where we could share our great epiphanies and hope it would strike a chord within you.

Your Pikeville Medical Center chaplains have found God’s presence in what others would describe as mundane, in a garden; under a truck; mowing the lawn; writing a letter; working in the fields or countless other everyday places and situations.

We have considered some of life’s great “rites of passage” such as getting your driver’s license, graduation, marriage…birth, death and everything in-between. Story telling can be a risky business, particularly when the stories are personal.

We have risked telling those stories to inspire and move us to a deeper more thoughtful relationship with God. We have enjoyed exploring our faith and hope you found joy in the reading. We will miss this chance to explore our faith with you.

I must thank Teddy Paynter for his help over the years. The Medical Leader staff has made concessions, included photographs and stretched the limits more than a few times.

For everything, there is a beginning and there is an end…and we are at the end for this column. 

Thanks for the journey. May you continue to explore the divine in your everyday world and then share it with others. God bless and keep you both now and forever.


PMC Chaplain Randy Johnson may be reached at 606-218-3915 or via e-mail at randy.johnson@pikevillehospital.org.