Reflections of Clinical Pastoral Education
Shared at Holy Family Hospital on August 2, 2007
We all walk broken in this world
but are claimed by God, baptized in water,
and our lives are literally transformed.
God brings us all into one family and calls us God’s own.
God gives us the gifts of faith, love, life,
forgiveness, and strength
and asks us to respond faithfully
in service to one another.
These life giving waters sustain us on our journey,
as we have been reminded throughout our
ten week CPE experience together.
Daily our sinful unauthentic selves with all our
imperfections, agendas and brokenness
are drowned by daily repentance.
And day after day, prayer filled reflection,
visit, verbatim, supervision and IPR after another,
a new self arises out of the muddiness of life
to love and serve one another
and live with God in righteousness.
We who share one Lord, faith, baptism and God of all…
have shared joys and concerns, worked, and
served one another
and fellow children of God
here at HFH, MI and NERH.
We have affirmed and challenged one another,
wading, splashing, and washing in faith and love,
trusting in the Holy Spirit, the water
and the Word in Baptism.
And so, when we feel alone, stuck in the mud and
thirsting for healing and wholeness,
we need only to remember our baptism and
the abundant and grace filled water.
Water that reflects the face of others who…
are people we meet who help us along the way,
are those we share our presence with,
are peers, family, and loved ones,
are sometimes hard to be with, hard to love,
are all made in the likeness of our creator
and are joined together with us in one baptism
sealed with the Holy Spirit,
marked with the cross of Christ, and
live in the forgiveness of sins. Amen