"Hey Rev., I am an atheist, so I don't need any spiritual care."
This patient is new to hospice, and these were his first words to me.
…so I agreed, " Okay. That sounds good to me."
"What you're not going to try and convert me?"
… and I countered, (I think, eloquently...), "Nope...Not my job."
"…because it is very likely, I don't believe in the same God, you don't believe in."
I paused allowing that to sink in…
on a Chaplain's life