June 17, 2009
Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive. Luke 20:38
We met in a small room, just us residents, and discussed chaplaincy with a former chaplain for NICU - that's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This chaplain and Methodist pastor serves on our advisory board and loves to teach, so she spent a good, full hour acquainting us with NICU issues. With sensitive and frank wording, she shared some meaningful anecdotes about what her experiences had been and what we might expect. With compassion and presence she listened to us share our own experiences with NICU issues, so as to form a perspective and bond with us before getting a "tour."
We made our way to the NICU and completed the obligatory 2-minute scrub up. Babies! Everywhere! Small ones, and smaller ones, and tiny ones. Each of them has a name, a story, a spirit! And the care givers were - also - everywhere! Doctors, nurses, assistants, helpers... all interwoven in this one space.
How can I find God in both the living and the dead, when they intersect in this sacred space?