Caley Ortman

Caley serves as chaplain for Sierra View Homes Retirement Community.

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Chaplain’s Corner: Defiant Celebration!

With everything going on in our world these days, Easter might actually take many of us by surprise this year! And it is right and well that we should be surprised by the resurrection! While our Easter traditions and rituals are rich and meaningful, it is possible that they also become a routine, allowing us …

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Savoring Life

Do we use our time to really live or do we allow time to use us up? I recently encountered this question in Kathleen Norris’ book, Acedia & Me and it was another reminder that the time we have is a gift from God. The way we use it matters. As a culture we sometimes …

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Chaplain’s Corner: The Fear of Fear is Community

I had the opportunity to take our youth group to our biennial church conference in Kansas City several weeks ago. Dustin Gaylon, one of our speakers speaking during a morning worship session, made the comment that “the fear of fear is community.” In the Gospel of John, as the end of his time on this …

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Chaplain’s Corner: Embodying Resurrection

It may come as no surprise that I have been reflecting a lot on resurrection this month. This is the season we focus our attention on the event of the resurrection. Anticipation builds in the church as we near the end of Lent. We sing hosannas on Palm Sunday, take communion on Maundy Thursday, reflect …

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Chaplain’s Corner: Finding Yourself in the Story

As Christians we believe the Bible is the living word of God. What does that mean exactly? It means that alongside studying the context of what the text meant to its original audience, we are also called to ask what the text is speaking into our lives today. There are many ways to do this, …

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Chaplain’s Corner: The True Source of Prosperity

“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” These closing words of the very first Psalm lay out the conventional wisdom that we find throughout the books of Psalms and Proverbs. Yet so often in life we are dismayed and frustrated at how often …

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