Prayers

Prayer feels infinite. The prayer meaning, reverence and centering quality can surround you, connecting with places of the heart. It might be a transformational prayer that comes from within, or lifting up prayer in conversation with God. Often it is the prayers said in unison, in worship, with a rosary or with respect for direction that peace and hope are found. During services that include persons of diverse faith traditions, or where a Chaplain stands in silent prayer with a person of another faith, unity can be found in praying with others. In a hospital chapel persons of the world are welcomed to come to pray, each in their own way, in a space created for all. All of this while prayer chains circle the world on the internet.

Whether it is a few words or detailed and full, prayer can be an act of healing connection that supports peace. A close friend once told me that “art was my conversation with God” - that art was my prayer.  Thinking of it that way prayer might be a dance, a song, a walk or planting a seedling. Prayer may be at the altar, at the shore, in the garden, in the operating room, on sacred ground – exactly where the prayer of your heart and faith is most meaningful for you.  

- Chaplain Lydia

Bio

Chaplain Lydia Buttner, MDiv, BCC is an ordained Deacon and Ecclesiastically Endorsed in the United Methodist Church. Her work is in the world in word, service, justice and compassion. Lydia has a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology, and did her ACPE Chaplain Residency at University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz...

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Testimonials

I work with Lydia on the Disability Visions Committee, and I have found her to be an excellent leader. Her organizational skills, her ability to see the big picture, and her passion for inclusion of people with disabilities is an inspiration....

Diana H., Disability Visions – Ability Matters

I recommend Lydia wholeheartedly… I found her to be a very compassionate caregiver/chaplain. She has excellent pastoral presence and an intuitive sense of how to care for each person. Lydia is also attentive to detail and learns quickly. She is...

Brooks B., St. Anthony Hospital

Working with Lydia in the hectic flow of a Level I trauma hospital, I have experienced her multiple skills and interpersonal ability. She is able to manage the physical and emotional crises that people face with care, compassion and competence....

Roger C., St. Anthony Hospital

It is my pleasure to recommend Rev. Lydia Buttner as a Chaplain. I worked closely with Lydia, who received an award at St. Anthony Hospital for service to patients above and beyond the call of duty. She is an excellent chaplain and a very detail...

Chris L., St. Anthony Hospital

Lydia is a very compassionate, caring and intuitive chaplain with the ability to assess the needs of her patients. She has the ability to be centered, focused and carries great spiritual presence which can be calming and peaceful. Her connection...

Defne W, Social Worker, LUH

Thank you for your ministry here at St. Anthony Hospital. You have been a real gift to our department and to the patients and staff at SAH. I have very much appreciated your organizational skills, your reliability, and your ability to minister to...

Jenny L., St. Anthony Hospital

Lydia is professional, spiritual and a great administrative support to our team. Her leadership and commitment are helpful in our team that serves the greater whole. Her qualities of generosity and grace make her an enjoyable person to work with...

Emily H., Residence in Ministry

Lydia was a tremendous asset to the spiritual lives of Shalom Cares residents. Not only did she lead wonderful Christian services, Lydia also had great rapport with all the lives she touched on campus. Lydia is compassionate, intuitive and always...

Jody N., Shalom Cares

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