Truly a beautiful example of loving other people. The best version of the Gospel.
Thank you Chris Duckworth! Would love to hear what God is teaching you this week.
If there is a Bible verse to encapsulate what I have learned in my hospital chaplain residency this year, this is it:
. . . we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves . . . [1 Thessalonians 2:8]
At the beginning of my residency I struggled with, but quickly accepted, the not-specifically-religious nature of my chaplaincy work (see The Cross and Hospital Chaplaincy). That is, as a hospital chaplain in a diverse setting, I am not there to be a Christian or a Lutheran chaplain. Rather, I am there to be a compassionate presence who can provide spiritual support (if requested), either by directly providing for religious needs (read Scripture, say a prayer, etc.) or by connecting patients with resources from their tradition (reading material, clergy, volunteer visitors).
It was hard, in one sense, to put down my…
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