By Thomas W. Shane D.Div.
Author and chaplain Thomas Shane tells dozens of news of what it truly is prefer to offer obstacle pastoral care to these stuck within the grim and surprising realities of existence. His ebook brings a balanced, spirituality-based point of view to the useless middle of heartbreaking human experiences––violent crimes, homicides, common mess ups, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, baby abuse, and extra. the writer has labored with legislations enforcement execs for 30 years, and his lifestyles has been devoted to the sufferers and households keen on tragedies, and especially to the desires of cops. His phrases will either inspire and show different assisting pros to be higher ready to house their very own and other's wishes in the course of a challenge state of affairs. The ebook provides readers an insider's view, now not theoretical. Dr. Shane candidly unearths his personal struggles, doubts and fears, in addition to the braveness, religion and wish that sustains his existence and paintings. He even addresses the complicated and...
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And then one day we learned that Paula had been diagnosed with cancer. She began to receive treatment at the hospital where I worked. When she came in for chemotherapy I would meet Chip for coffee. Pastoral care often occurs on the spot, in public places like cafeterias, and over cups of coffee. And chaplains learn the art of hearing the deeper truth about unspoken fears and looming sorrow that is not yet named, but lurks just outside ordinary conversation. ” Life may end, but love never does. And Paula had an endless supply of love for her family.
Inside the cells, some inmates passed the time playing cards. Others slept on iron bunks with thin mattresses. A few nodded to greet me, having grown accustomed to my Friday afternoon visits. Sometimes they would come to the iron bars and talk with me. An exposed steel toilet conveyed a fundamental truth about life in a county jail: it is cold, unforgiving, public, exposed and hard. There is no privacy here. Every Friday for fifteen years I made my pastoral rounds seeking to be available to inmates who might choose to confide in me about some aspect of their incarcerated lives.
I have witnessed the terrible results of broken promises, heard the piercing cries of anguish, known the bitter taste of despair. What I hope to share is the reality of the tears, not the theory of grief. Much of what I say about emergency ministry grows out of my work as a chaplain to the law enforcement agencies in Harvey County, Kansas. I trust that these stories will deepen your under- standing of what might genuinely serve another if or when fate calls you to stand in the presence of human crisis.