“Simply being with someone is difficult because it asks of us that we share in the other's vulnerability, enter with him or her into the experience of weakness and powerlessness, become part of the uncertainty, and give up control and self-determination. (p. 12)”
― Henri J. M. Nouwen (Donald P. McNeill, Douglas A. Morrison)
My shift was nearing its end. I had had numerous fruitful visits and had documented them
accordingly. I was filling in for the head chaplain who had been out ill for several days. Deciding that one more quick round through the Emergency Department, Trauma Room and family waiting area would be a good way to end the day, I slowly walked through the main hallways looking for someone who might need attention.