Today I am grateful to be alive, to feel, see and know the grace and power of something we call Spirit. That alone is joy and gift enough!
I spent seven of the overnight hours last night in a small island hospital in the Azores. I’m fine now and it’s a condition I have had to deal with in the past. Communicating between language differences was challenging, but through it all I was grateful for the many moments of human connections where compassion, true listening and a desire to help me unfolded during my stay. There’s nothing like a stay in the emergency room of a hospital that lays bare the smorgasbord of needs, met and...
I spent seven of the overnight hours last night in a small island hospital in the Azores. I’m fine now and it’s a condition I have had to deal with in the past. Communicating between language differences was challenging, but through it all I was grateful for the many moments of human connections where compassion, true listening and a desire to help me unfolded during my stay. There’s nothing like a stay in the emergency room of a hospital that lays bare the smorgasbord of needs, met and unmet, of the human condition of which we all need and seek.
When I was in high school I lived in a dorm for a couple of years and the housemaster had personal motivational signs hanging all over the place. One sign read, “A rolling stone gathers no moss, but still waters can stagnate.” While I got the meaning of the message, I used to say to myself, “What’s wrong with still waters? I like still waters, and I also like moss, too.”
My initial response today clearly shows what influences us in our youth. Now, as I ...
My initial response today clearly shows what influences us in our youth. Now, as I live into my 69th year, I am known for both keeping busy and for being quiet and still. So I’m living today’s question at both ends.
To be perfectly honest, what has astonished me lately is that Donald Trump is STILL the US President and reasonable minds have not found a way to put him in jail. Probably not what most of us would prefer to read in this space, but at the moment, nothing astonishes me more.
As a Quaker minister with a focus on pastoral care of those in need, over the years I have frequently been called to support persons and/or organizations suffering from grief and loss. Though I never intentionally “signed up” for this type of work, I have been told by others that I’m good at it.
Why my wife, Elizabeth, of course! Followed by our children and grandchildren and I must not forget our dog, Gracie!
Whenever I stop seeking something, more, better or different I usually find it!
The more turmoil there is in the world the more we need to find reasons for joy. We owe it to those who are struggling.
At the moment, I am not experiencing any current conflicts in my personal life. But when I do experience conflict, it usually pays off for me to listen carefully to the core issue at hand, and to ascertain whether or not the conflict is actually mine to engage in, and if it is, to address it promptly.
Such a lovely question! I’d say that my wife, my faith, and my family, have guided me through dark times.
I think that I can honestly say that I love a number of people “really well,” and frequently. It’s natural, and it’s a wonderful human experience.
I was going to say, is it really that difficult? But of course, and sadly, it is for some people.
It depends on whom I am loving and why.
I am not concerned about bringing forth my most generous self. I am most concerned about paying attention to those in need and helping where I can. I try to support movements and organizations that are “walking the talk,” that are working for the common good of others or who are caring for the earth in some way and are trying to make a difference. It is in these areas that I feel the most generous and subsequently receive my support in ways that I can.
Jeana, thank you very much. The E.R. Is a kind of melting pot of humanity. As a minister doing chaplaincy work previously, and within the last several years as a patient myself, it has taught me greatly.
Thank you, my friend.
Thank you, Mica. I appreciate your thoughts. But as they say, anytime one can enter the E.R. and walk out “repaired” hours later it’s a good outcome! Thanks again.
Thank you, Michele.
Carla, thank you for your thoughts and prayers on my behalf. I am grateful, indeed.
Thank you, Anna.
How true and interesting, Kevin, your choice of words here. Back in 1999 my Quaker elders helped me to name and more fully understand a specific ministry unfolding within me. For a number of years I had been working mainly with children, but was increasingly being called to support people in crisis or who were grieving or at risk in some way. At the urging of my elders I moved into doing what was named as a “ministry of presence,” and which continues to the present day.
And my hope and prayer for you, Sarah, is that your way is made easier as time moves along. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, too. My very best to you.
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