The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Chaplains bring a healing touch

From hospitals to prisons, ELCA chaplains share God's love

A common thread of grief and loss runs throughout her work, says Diana Vidlak, an ELCA chaplain at Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia. Families lose loved ones. Patients lose control of their lives.

"They lose dignity with such things as the little gown that doesn't quite cover," Vidlak says. "They may have lost a body part and the power to do what they used to be able to do."

Out of that loss, Vidlak says, come theological questions: "Where is God? Why did God do this to me? Why doesn't God change this?


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