Eric Packer, Hospital Administrator, welcomed everyone and thanked all those who dedicated their time and talents and hearts into building the chapel.
“This room will definitely be a great treasure for the hospital,” he began. “Being a healthcare facility we go through some of the most exciting times in people’s lives, but we also see people experience some of the most devastating and trying times of their lives. Often times people need a place like this chapel to be able to go and reflect, think, pray and get a perspective on life and what’s really important.”
The chapel was then dedicated by Pete Akins, pastor of the True Life Center in Cedar City.
“We carry so much weight through life,” he expressed. “And no matter what walk of faith anybody is or what their perception of God might be, there’s something healing about having a space that we can go and lay those worries down and walk out of that space free of those worries and be a little bit lighter and freer.”
Pastor Akins also blessed the room to be a place of refuge, rest, hiding and healing; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Upon entering the reverent room, guests are greeted by humble and respectful decor and by the brilliant illuminations of a stained glass window depicting a beautiful scene from Kolob Canyon. The one-of-a-kind window was donated by Dennis Schnarr in honor of the memory of his loving wife, June, who passed away just a year ago.
“We want it to be a special place for all faiths and peoples,” said Schnarr. “This is for the hospital and people of cedar city as a place of rest and peace for their lives.”
It was created in Everett, Wash., by Stan and Colleen Price of Covenant Art Glass (www.covenantglass.com). They and their dedicated team of artisans created a unique masterpiece that is not only a work of art, but a work of heart that will inspire all for generations.
The hospital staff also presented Schnarr with a special stained glass token of appreciation for his generosity. It read: “May the light from this window remind you every day of the priceless gift you have given. The magnificent light of this sacred stained glass window which comforts heals and changes lives and leads those in darkness to the greatest source of light there is.”
As rays of sunlight continue to illuminate each of the hundreds of pieces of hand-picked pieces of glass, it will be a constant reminder that no matter how many pieces our lives are broken into, there is always light and peace to be found in the memories of loved ones.