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There are those spaces in life, the liminal times of transition and uncertainty, when nothing seems to make sense. I’m weary of abiding in such a space, trying to walk sure-footedly on quicksand, to smile and sound confident as I’m riding the tiger, tense and unsure where I’m going, not in control. I don’t feel [...]
As tumors are shattering her bones from the inside, he asks God for healing miracles. Her relatives have not visited for more than a week (though part of that is denial). Still, he never leaves her side, grateful that being unemployed means he can be with her, sleeping in the hospital night after night, a [...]
I longed for the fog yesterday, something to cover my world in dense grey mist, an external manifestation of my internal lostness, that terrible sense that I’m not sure why I’m here or where I’m going. Instead, it was gloriously sunny outside. And the stargazer lilies were finally beginning to bloom, offering up their enchanting [...]
There’s a distinct irony to the journey as I explore what comes next in becoming a health care chaplain. Chaplains are required to be inter-faith, willing and able to meet the needs of every patient regardless of religious creed or spiritual context. I happen to be one of those people who wish our entire world [...]
This quote from Rainer Maria Rilke captured me years ago. “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…Don’t search for the answers. You would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now.” I feel heartened, consoled, each time I [...]
The fog was my first friend in San Fransisco. A year ago I quickly uprooted from Bend Oregon to accept a residency as a health care chaplain . I was blessed to get into this stipended Clinical Pastoral Education program without previous experience or the often requisite Masters of Divinity. I was also lead to [...]