The Hard Part of What I Do

As a pastor, I love weddings, watching people come to Christ and grow in that relationship, and all the joyful moments. The hardest part for me has been sickness and death. When I was recommended for the position as a hospice chaplain where I currently work, my first thought was, “I don’t know about this, but we’ll see what happens.” I was recommended for the position, and I was not going to get in God’s way. 

Three years later, I see how God placed me where I am for this season. It has taught me so much. I still do not like sickness and death, but God has given me grace to walk into situations I would of myself choose to walk away. God has blessed this work, and I have seen fruit come from it. 

I am always reminded when we have patients pass away. As much as we try to maintain professional distance, our team has great compassion. Because of that, we hurt with these families. We “weep with those who weep” as the Bible says. 

I do not always have the luxury of finding out where our patients stand with God. This week, I know that God took some people home who were ready. They did not live perfect lives, but they placed their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

Have you trusted Jesus to save you? Have you asked Him to be the Lord of your life? As a result, are you living for Him? Please do not delay. We never know how much time we will have.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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