My hospice chaplain intern was explaining to me some of her visit preparation for yesterday....
Two Interfaith chaplains were visiting an evangelical Christian family on a Spiritual Care visit. The wife was dying and the husband was at bedside.
“I was reading the bible and brushing up on my evangelical language for the visit. Then I read where a wife in the bible was saying ‘her husband show her his fruits.’ And I said whoaaa. What’s going on here...”
I listened to her and watched her laugh, she was a very good chaplain already. She led with her heart and allowed her head to steer tactical like Einstein recommended.
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have
created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." ~ Albert Einstein
“I think it refers to ‘You shall know the tree by its fruits.’ It's about being authentic, or maybe seeing who someone is over time.
“But if it was …say an almond tree, or really any kind of nut tree, it would be another thing altogether.”
We both laughed. It was a chaplain moment.
At the end of life...laughing for the joy of "this place", feels delicious.
on a Chaplain's life