capes, coffee, & the color orange



June 2014



When hopeful-sugar-coated words won’t suffice.

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campgroundCAPES [something empowering] I am two weeks into a Clinical Pastoral Education program (fancy name for “Chaplain Intern”).  The hardest yet most encouraging thing that I have learned so far is that I will never have the right words to say.  When meeting with families and/or patients that are facing hardship, hopeful-sugar-coated words won’t suffice.  People don’t want to hear about the silver lining when there isn’t one.  I’m learning how to provide a “ministry of presence” where no words are necessary.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  There’s a new brewery in town.  And by in town, I do mean one block away.  75-cent Wing Wednesday is a Duncan family favorite.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  860 and I have upped our camping game.  After our third Memorial Day camping trip up north together, we were more prepared to face the northwest elements than ever before.  This summer, we hope to visit a few more rain-free campgrounds east of the mountains.  Currently taking destination suggestions.

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