I just came in from my morning walk.
It’s a deep theology kind of morning.
Or a time to lighten up.
I am seldom lost for words.
The words may well be nonsensical, sometimes ill used, quite frequently mispronounced, but I can usually find a few.
Howsomever there are those times I could use some help.
One skill I haven’t acquired is knowing what to say when one of my much loved charges shows me the photos from…
You know who you are.
In my decades of hospital visiting this experience comes around with surprising frequency.
I suppose it is a sign of the intimate relationship between a pastor and the parishioners.
But I still don’t know what to say.
“I would recognize you anywhere” has come to mind but it doesn’t seem especially helpful.
“The colors are vibrant” would be truth - but maybe misleading.
“Are you going to frame this one?” has been used but one must know the patient well before going there.
So I usually mumble a few words about the marvels of technology and the skills of physicians.
Except for that one time I asked “could I get a copy?”
Feel free to make suggestions.
I have to polish my sermon.
As our Friend and I walked with thunder rumbling and lightning marching ever closer I was telling him about a recent hospital visit. He smiled at me the way he does and said…
“The things they don’t teach in seminary.”