The Gift

” ‘It’s so cool that the warden service has a chaplain to keep us from freaking out’ …

‘Ah.’ I smiled. ‘I’m not really here to keep you from freaking out. I’m here to be with you while you freak out,’…It is a ministry of presence. It is showing up with a loving heart.”

Kate Braestrup, from her book, Here If You Need Me, recounting a conversation with a mom she sat with during a search for the woman’s lost child, and her observation of what her real job is as chaplain in the Maine Warden Service.

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