"P" DAY - UPDATE #1
Today was "P" Day - Pastoral Care Day. It was my first day "on-the-job" as a volunteer in the pastoral care department of our local hospital. It was a training day and I was on the front line - up close and personal with patients. I shadowed a pastoral associate who has been visiting the sick for six years. It was baptism by immersion.
I followed this gentleman into room after room as he approached patients, introduced himself, and prayed with them. He had prayers memorized and had his approach well thought out. I was quite impressed. I was busy comparing my skills to his or as I saw it, my lack of skills (old behavior) rather than identifying those I possess. I didn't have prayers at my fingertips as he did, but I have prayed with people in and outside of AA for many years.
I shadowed him for about two hours including visiting every bed in the emergency room. Then it was my turn for him to observe me. I felt so terribly inadequate to the task, but there was no where to run, no where to hide, so I did what I have learned in all my years in AA......I just did the best I could.
I put a smile on my face as I introduced myself to people and explained who I was. I established and maintained eye contact and prayed "from the heart" when they so desired. I know the praying will become more natural with practice. What an experience.
Monday, I'll be totally on my own. I just pray there is no emergency like "code blue", someone coming off life support, or death. I must remind myself that I'm powerless over what comes my way, remember God is in charge, and ask God to help me before I even begin.
Hey, blogging team, I sure could use your prayers again - THANKS!