“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

As we enter this season of gratitude, my heart is overwhelmed with thanks for the privilege to be part of the VNA of Venango County family. When I say that, I am speaking of my coworkers, our volunteers, our medical associates, the bereaved families who attend our memorial services and support groups, the bereaved kids that come to our camps, our patients – both past and present – and our foundation that
supports the mission so well. I am thankful for those who serve on the boards and for our community that is behind us in so many kind ways, including the financial support to see dreams turn into reality.

My career and ministry path took a huge turn in 2012 when I moved from associate pastor at a church to hospice chaplain. I could never have imagined how much of a change that would be; moving from one denominational church with a specific doctrine, into a role where I serve all denominations and even people from different religions altogether from the tradition in which I’ve been raised. Through these 7 ½ years, my vision has been expanded in regards to our calling to love all people. I am blessed to have the love of God in my heart. I am blessed to have the love and support of my family. And I am blessed to have this opportunity to care for those we serve.

There are definitely challenges along the way. That’s just life. But one thing I know is that when things get tough, I have a strong team that has my back and I hope they know that I am here for them as well.

Do you have gratitude in your heart? Are there things for which you are thankful? It would be wonderful to see a growing list of those blessings in the comments below. Please take a moment to share what you are thankful for.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

With much gratitude,
Rev. Randy L. Kightlinger
Hospice Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor
VNA of Venango County

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