1) One of the more profound things you learn in the midst of prolonged difficulty is what is solid and what is not, what will support and what will not.
2) Each passage of Holy Writ, like a bottomless mine, is inexhaustible in wealth.
3) I know it is common to say “baseball is boring.” But that was not the common opinion 50 to 60 years ago. We have changed more than the game.
4) When I say “We ignored the poets and then we got Miley Cyrus,” I am not making a mere moral statement. I mean that we chose spectacle over thoughtful. We are a culture that demands to be entertained at all waking moments. So of course, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are the inevitable result.
5) Me: The Cards won last night and they get to play in the NLCS!
Knox: Yesssss!…What’s that daddy?
Emma: Well, I learned how a bill becomes a law yesterday.
6) It is a regular occurrence that I sit across the desk from someone that is dying or has just lost a loved one. Two yesterday. Best part of my job.
7) There are some things you can say to yourself for comfort that are not always comforting words to others who are hurting. If I tell myself God is Sovereign over my suffering, I may very well be comforted. But I need to know that may not always be very comforting to someone else in the midst of their suffering.
8) It is only our need for entertainment that makes it easy for us to ignore the warnings about CTE.
9) I’m always feel like something is missing when enjoying something without my wife present.
10) Applied for a Hospice Chaplain position, feel free to pray for me. That I would get the job and and that if I don’t, I would not despair.
Praying for you for number 10. God’s peace on you.
Praying ditto for # 10.
You would be perfect for #10. I know because we are involved in Christian medical circles. If we can be of help, let me know.
These are good thoughts.
I am praying for the hospice job.
Your thoughts resonate; I worked in critical care medicine for 14 years, and now in education (for 22 years). I think, at times, I was more comfortable with the dying then, than the living now–I am pretty sure that the dying were more comfortable with me then than the living now. It changes you–I think in a good way. I think, from your writing, you are well-suited for giving care in the context of serving as a hospital chaplain. Thank you for sharing with us,