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Remember Gifts & Questioning Control

I must acknowledge (again) a friend's gift.  During breakfast bible study several months ago, friend Amy from Italy mentioned an on-line resource called Gratefulness.com and their regular offering, "Word of the Day."  (If you look in on this blog, you've seen some already)  While it has been a blessing each and every morning to receive a moment of inspiration from these emails, they now prove to be of particular use as I live into being a hospital chaplain during Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

At the Washington Hospital Center, the #1 trauma center for the DC-VA-MD greater metropolitan area, worship offered in chapel must be more inter-faith than ecumenical.  Sometimes, it can be a challenge to articulate 'God-talk' in a way so as to be more expansive and inclusive of others of different faiths, traditions or practices.  Christianity does not own the corner on who or what the Creator was, is, and always shall be.  I may see it one way, speak of it in my own way, but it may not be the only Way to believe, know, or experience something that is greater than ourselves. 

Today I started gathering the "Word of the Day" contents into a folder for future use.  Here's one from May that seems timely and appropriate, especially for anyone who currently living into the experience and ministry of CPE, or that is trying to recover from it.
 
WORD FOR THE DAY
Sunday, May. 16
I try to remind myself that we are never promised anything, and
that what control we can exert is not over the events that befall
us but how we address ourselves to them.
Jeanne DuPrau
The Earth House

May the Source of All Goodness which guides and directs us, and guards and protects us, continually bless and keep us, this day and in all the days to come.  Amen.