I'm currently in the last week of my chaplain residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Next Tuesday I take up the position of Palliative Care Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
There are also some other changes in my life that are in process, so it's a rather momentous time for me.
Basically, I'll be working on getting my grounding in my new role and position. I also intend to seek grounding and balance in my life in general – an endeavor that will involve spending as much time as I can in nature, under open skies and by flowing waters, in these last weeks of summer.
I also want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit this blog. Thank you for your support of me and of what I seek to create here: a journal of my thoughts and interests that (hopefully) serve as invitations and opportunities for deeper understanding and the transformation of hearts and minds, making for a world of compassion, beauty, and justice.
Sitting on your bank, in touch with all I see
You rise and you fall,
Bringing life so perfectly
River running free, lay your wisdom down on me
Journey goes on
What I wouldn't do to run beside you now
Rolling on, skipping over pools of light,
Even through the darkest night
River running bright, lay your wisdom down tonight
Flowing when the world was young
Nothing new under the sun
I'm calling to a sweeter sound
Come on and lay your wisdom down
Lay your wisdom down.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Now Is the Time
• The Prayer Tree
• Interfaith Chaplaincy: Meeting People Where They're At
• Chaplaincy: A Ministry of Welcome
• Spirituality and the Health Care Setting
• Seeking Balance
• Hiatus (2013)
Images: Michael J. Bayly.