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The lunch today was scheduled to coincide with some kind of chaplaincy or spiritual care week, as declared by I don’t know who. I sat with three other clergy-ish folks and four residents, a mix of Catholic, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, and the two of us UUs. The Director for Pastoral Ministries told us when we came in, “I put you at the troublemaker table,” but I bet he says that to all the folks.
We, of course, did not stick to assigned topics. We did talk about spirituality and connectedness. Everybody at the table had a different approach, but it seemed to me we could find a lot of common ground with giving encouragement as a form of pastoral care.
I think what I’m trying to say is that lots of y’all already do that. Thanks. Keep it up.
Video was fine, BTW. I messed up some history dates that nobody but me cares about. Other than that, not bad.
Some of my parishioners live at a very nice senior living community. It’s got condos with different layouts, a fitness center with a pool, and other amenities. My parishioners are part of a small group ministry there, and the group is going to try an experiment with quarterly worship services. They asked me to preach. That will be Thursday.
As a lead-in to that, one of the group members and I appeared with the community’s Director of Pastoral Ministries on a talk show broadcast on the community’s closed circuit channel.
I’m headed for a meeting there this morning and thought I’d better look at the video of the show, in case someone asks me about what I said. I’m nervous. Hope I said good things.
Oh, hi, thunderous self doubt! Hello, conviction that I have no skills or useful contributions. It’s nice to know I can rely on your punctual visit.
I’m going to meet my deadline. I have met you hundreds of time and still gotten things done. Never perfectly, but done.
Also, my worth as a human being doesn’t depend on whether people like what I have to say or whether I contribute to the GDP.
You can help me edit later. Right now, here’s some tea.
I had a doctors appointment today so that my GP could give me the all-clear for surgery (again, I’m ok, just taking care of a nuisance). I’ve been bracing for weeks for a showdown over her belief in weight loss. She didn’t mention it, probably because this was meant to be a focused appointment. The nurse asked a bunch of screening questions, including, “This is just preventative: Have you been depressed in the last two weeks?” No other mental health questions. I decided she meant have I had an episode of low motivation, anhedonia, and hypersomnia, which, no, not at the moment. Irritability, despair at the world, yes, but I actually haven’t had a low mood that interfered with normal functioning in the past two weeks. I wonder if that screening question gets accurate results.