Since 1998, it has been my privilege and challenge to be a Counselor in my home state of Massachusetts and now Michigan.  Having worked for those few  years in a community where mental health issues were not always met under the best circumstances, I engaged in the lives of many people.  It was an opportunity to help them navigate through the tangles of their journeys to a more balanced and satisfying place.  Now I serve as a Chaplain/counselor in the lives of many who have no insurance or simply cannot pay the rates of mental health professionals.

 As I engage with my new friends each week at Breaking the Links located in Sparta,Mi and at times to meet them where ever is accessible for them., I am invited to a world unfamiliar to me, into stories not my own.     But the faces looking at me are a reflection of my own face.  I am not separate.  Even though our stories are different, we all share the same range of emotions, from joy and sorrow, delight to despair.  I am challenged simply to listen deeply and absorb as we share our common humanity.

 

 Amidst horrifying dramas, feelings of hopelessness and despair, I am often amazed and surprised to witness resilience, courage and determination to rise above the dark shadows.  What makes it hopeful is our presence in each other’s lives, accompanied by the Holy Spirit.  We are so much more than our stories.

  Whatever the reason that gets you to seek out help I am here to walk with you through it to the end, however long it takes for you find healing.


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