More than filed paperwork

This weekend, several families are grieving the loss of loved ones. I know this because I’ve seen the file drawer in our chaplaincy office. It’s the drawer with the paperwork we complete to document some decisions families have to make for each person who dies in a couple of our hospitals. Several forms were dropped […]

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A little visit

She had asked for a chaplain to stop by her room. “To pray with her,” the request said. I went. I’m good with being invited to talk to God with people. (I’m good with being asked not to pray, too. Which happened in a later visit that day.) We talked, the patient and I. She […]

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Stuck

From Rich Dixon: +++ Part 2 of my encounter with “The Elevator.” Part 1 here. It’s an entire chapter in Relentless Grace. Stabbing at buttons, guessing wrong, watching the other car come and go until I finally guessed correctly, only to have my celebration cut short when wheels got stuck in the tiny crack between […]

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Relational regrets

The patient had received bad news. I don’t know whether he asked for a chaplain or a nurse offered to call one. It didn’t matter much how I got here, what mattered was that I was here. We talked for a long time. He had questions and doubts. It’s what you expect when the abstract […]

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Looking for Jesus

“Excuse me,” I said as I walked into the room. “I’m looking for Jesus. I heard that he might be here.” The woman shook her head. “Jesus hasn’t been here for years. Who’s asking?” I smiled. “I’m Jon. I’m one of the chaplains here. Someone said that Jesus might be in this room.” She looked […]

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