Dear Faithful Readers

Dear Faithful Readers

Well, to piggyback on a bit of famous movie dialogue, “I’mmmmmmm back!”

That is, at least in part.

Cleared by my surgeon to do “light desk work only” I am resuming the posting of this daily devotional blog.  I thank you, faithful readers, for your wonderful response to my wife Elizabeth’s posts during my time away.   I thank my dear wife as well, for her very capable and faithful posting of her own exploration of the scriptures and her musing about the Christian faith we joyfully embrace together.

I am happy to announce that Elizabeth will contribute again in the future as time and circumstance allows.

While it will still be weeks of physical therapy ahead, I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you – and, as always, to your faithful readership and prayerful support.

Thank you.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


  1. Yay!! Nice to see you in print again. I have enjoyed all Elizabeth’s contributions but happy you are on the mend. Do’t over-do!

  2. Great you are back, and I have enjoyed Elizabeths’ writings as well. Just be careful and don’t get to energetic to quick. You both make a great team.

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