Monday, August 9, 2010

On leaving

Today, as my summer chaplaincy came to a close, I left a dear patient who has poured Spirit into my soul. Over the past two months, I have witnessed her open the dark recesses of human suffering to the light of God's love. In profound reverence and appreciation for the miracle of her life, I ask for your prayers - that she may find healing in a place of brokenness; that she may come to see the sacred work that she is already doing.

I offer the following haiku verse as a form of closure, commemorating my last memory with her and inviting her grace-filled presence into my future ministry:

Eyelids weak with fear –
snow-dusted puckered lips hold
close a holy peace.


Let all rejoice that God has gifted us with such a source of life.


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2 comments:

Ishna said...

I'm sorry to hear about your patient. It is amazing that you can feel divine presence in even a sad aspect of life.

Satnaam.

Ishna

Anonymous said...

How difficult for you to leave her and how blessed you are to have known her and to have learned from each
other.