I'm going out on a vulnerable limb here. There is another part of ministry that bugs me about me. My question is does it bug any of you about you?
I am concerned that as ministers we don't help our people die well. I wonder if more isn't needed. I wonder if everyone else has a grip on this and I don't. Thus, the vulnerability.
When our people are dying it seems we "stay positive" and don't go there with the ailing victim. Is there a style? A manner? A responsibility which would reduce their potential fear and raise present peace? As for me, I will sit with the patient or the family for various lengths of time. Yet, I find myself ministering to the family more than the patient. I fear that to talk with them as if they are dying somehow implies I've given up on their recovery. I simply have to trust some of you flounder in this important ministry as well.
My fundamental concern is to wonder if this event is not one of the great and glorious transitions of ones life and I offer nothing of direction or assistance other than my presence which is supposed to suffice to convey I care...I love.
What thinketh ye?