Sunday, July 05, 2015
Chaplaincy series: when chaplaincy is so heavy...
But all of that is distinct from the heaviness of the loss of one of our own. A hospital staff is a tight-knit family. A trauma center functions as a well-oiled machine and we all depend upon each other in some macabre symphony to play our part and somehow we end up saving more lives than we lose. On friday, one of our Flight for Life helicopters crashed during takeoff. Two of our flight nurses were critically injured and one of our pilots lost his life. I know all of these people and this hurt will be with our hospital family for a long time.
Sometimes chaplaincy is so heavy. And I can only carry what I see and hear and experience like smooth stones in my hands. Laying down these burdens as I can in safe places.
Please pray for the chaplains that you know and love. This work is a sacred calling but it can be so very heavy at times.