Between

I’m writing this between a hospital shift and a memorial service. I’m sitting in the sacristy, a space between the rest of the hospital and the chapel. My list of projects has given me a pile of papers to read between the time they were due and the time my grades are due. We’re living […]

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Genuine.

When Paul was giving his last instructions to Timothy, he said, “You know all about me.” It’s easy to read that as an arrogant statement, I suppose, Paul holding up his excellence. It’s easy to read it as confidence or as some other adjectives I can’t think of right now. But I think that Paul […]

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Look. Love. One person.

It’s a phrase we jump past in our efforts to have impact and influence, in our desire to scale our work, to magnify our reach. A man had started a conversation with Jesus. At a pivotal point in there conversation, we read, “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him…” The disciples and Jesus were packing […]

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Be helpful

A hospital colleague asked about power-of-attorney paperwork. I answered his specific question. And then, because I know that he may get related questions, I provided a little background and a couple of next steps he can share with patients. Our work as chaplains includes sending notes to the families of people who have died. This […]

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Missing out on a meal.

 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So [Zacchaeus] hurried and came down and received [Jesus] joyfully. And when [the crowd cheering for Jesus] saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who […]

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