Confirming My Call

Saturday morning, I was planning to sell tickets for the Master Chorale performance that evening, and then attend the event. Two phone calls later that day changed my plans.

First, a call came in from two members of our congregations, friends of mine, who reported that they had been in a car crash. Were they injured? Just bumps and bruises, the husband said. Did they need a ride home. No, they were home now, but their car was totaled. Could I pick up prescriptions for them from the pharmacy? Absolutely. I could do that before I needed to show up to sell tickets.

Then came the second call, from the hospice organization I work for. One of the wonderful women I had been seeing before she was moved to Home Health, was now in her daughter’s home and near death. Could I come out and support the family soon, like tonight?

I made a quick call to line up someone to sell tickets in my place, ran to the pharmacy and to my friends’ house to deliver prescriptions, and at 5:45 I was on the road to Covina, at least and hour and a half away. I stopped briefly at Starbucks for a sandwich and a warm drink, and kept driving. GPS took me straight to the house.

There were three generations of family there supporting the patient, along with staff from the agency. I immediately felt like I was in the right place at the right time, going over and greeting the woman in her hospital bed. I don’t know if she recognized me or even heard me, but the family was so relieved to have me there. We gathered lavender oil to do an anointing and a blessing (this chaplain’s version of Last Rites, as I am not a practicing Catholic). We prayed as a group around the bed. Then each person present came to the head of the bed to deliver a personal message. There was so much love in that room, and so many blessings.

I was sent on my way with tamales and heartfelt thanks. The drive home was divided by a stop at one son’s house to say hi. It turned out that son #2 had stopped by as well, and we got some lovely photos of the three of us. I drove the rest of the way home (up the mountain) surrounded by pine trees, shining stars and a new moon.

Thank you, Spirit, for reminding me why I do what I do.

1 thought on “Confirming My Call

  1. And you have offered comfort & compassion to many before this event. Specifically, your brothers, Mom, Dad and my Mom! There’s no doubt you are in the right place. Your heart is strong, soothing, compassionate and loving.
    Blessings abound!


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