Last week, I shared some lessons I learned while I was a hospital chaplain at the beginning of my career.
In this episode of the podcast, I share another six. That makes a total of ten lessons. But they only scratch the surface. My hope is to share some of the bigger lessons that emerged during that time.
Few people spend the kind of time a chaplain gets to spend with people on the edges of life. Medical staff don’t have the time to spend, as much as they would like to. Most others are only in those settings in the days of a crisis.
My evening hours gave me time with patients, after the doctors and families had gone home, while the nurses were giving medical care. I had the chance to sit with people, while they sat with the big questions of life. I didn’t always have the answers (often didn’t), but I had the time to walk with them as they explored their journeys.
Walking with them taught me the lessons I share today.