Tag: chaplaincy

A heart to heart talk

I asked my patient, “How are you, my friend?” As his tired hand rested in mine. We have a history of many visits, Many hours, Many thoughtful words… “I’m dying, you know,” he said softly, His voice rough with the years Of hard work…

Bunnies and Coloring and Hymns of the Heart

  Last Sunday, I preached from the book of Amos, and talked about the unlikely messengers who bring us hard words from God. I reminded the congregation that if we only dwelled in the message bearer, we could miss God’s Words to us. In…

Healthcare: Who will pay?

Over at RevGalBlogPals I wrote a thing… you can find it here (but here’s a sample…) Without subsidies, they will not be able to afford to keep him at home. His daughter shrugged and said that it will end up costing the government more…

It’s not my story to tell…

I have learned a difficult lesson in  my work as a chaplain. It is one borne out of walking with others who are hurting or have hurt others… and there are times I would love to share the lessons learned, or the take-aways for…

Crossposting: Why I Need RevGalBlogPals

Note: This is a reposting and expanded version of a Facebook post on a private page. It retells some of my own story to ordained ministry. (If you’re a regular blog reader, you can move on now…) I share this story because RevGalBlogPals is a…

It’s a Wrap.

It’s a wrap. Not my first choice, but a necessity. My wisdom teeth are gone, and my mouth is beginning to forgive me. At least I can eat real food now! Carefully, mind you. And nothing too chewy. I realized mid-week that there were…

I have no words…

I have no words to share what’s on my heart. I have only tears and prayers, and the promise that You, O Lord, will walk through this valley with me. I have no wisdom to give in this place of grief. I have only…

I Will Hold Your Story

In my work as a chaplain, I am privileged to listen and reflect with those who are brought into my circle of care. I am not the only one who listens to these patients. Nurses. Social workers. Physicians. Nursing assistants. Even the food service and…

Enough

My week started out taxing and frustrating, and ended with a sense of Divine forgiveness and intervention. The frustration came from within, feeling inadequate to handle the tasks and problems in front of me. The Divine forgiveness and intervention was part of experiencing a…

Running on empty

My parents had some pretty clear rules. One of them was inviolable… NEVER EVER leave the car gas tank at less than 1/4 tank. This was especially true when one drove one of the family cars. The next driver would not appreciate driving on fumes. And since my…

Let the day end as at began…

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. Meister Eckhart The day started very early. Before the sun was up, we headed to the airport to send off our Johnnie on a bit of an adventure….

The floodwaters will not overwhelm you

But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and…

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