It was in the early days of my Master’s degree and my clinical training. I spent a summer working as a chaplain intern. Then I joined the staff of the hospital as one of the chaplains. I had the evening shift.
Chaplains have a unique position in hospitals. There to guide the tough times, celebrate the good times, and share in the spiritual journey. And while I was there as a staff member, every day was a learning experience for me.
In fact, I still look back at many critical moments in my learning about life, about caring for people, and the human struggle — and many happened during just the few years I served as a chaplain.
I thought I might reflect a bit with you about the lessons I learned in my years as a hospital chaplain, just to see if they offer anything for you and your journey.
Listen below for part 1 of 2.