Lord, Give Me Patience

It’s gray and foggy on the mountain this afternoon, and it’s reflected in my mood. For some unknown (to me) reason, I have not yet been cleared to start work as a hospice chaplain at my new position. The hospice director is waiting for me, and we’re both waiting for Human Resources. Every day I expect to hear that all has cleared and I’m ready to go. I know the truth of my ability to pass a background check and drug screening. Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!

Since I haven’t been down the mountain this week, I haven’t been to see my friend in hospice care at her home. But my prayers continue for her comfort and peace of mind. I will be down this weekend, but it’s Mothers Day and my birthday (celebrating both with my sons Saturday night). I will see her for sure next week.

I completed and sent in my request for ordination to the home office of my faith community. I can hear you thinking, surely, she’s already ordained. Yes, I’ve been a minister for going on three years, which is the amount of time it takes to be considered for ordination in our tradition. Apparently, we need to make sure we want to stay working as a minister!

In my request, I wrote that upon ordination, I will be moving away (somewhat) from working at my Center, in order to devote most of my energy to chaplaincy. I’ll still be speaking once a month, though.

I feel like I’m in limbo (the theoretical place between earth and Heaven, or Heaven and Hell) as I wait for the clearance to start being a chaplain again. I’m regularly quieting the Monkey Mind as worries creep in. I have this; it’s mine to do.

Lord, give me patience…

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