The someday-Christian-pastor is the part of me getting the most of a work-out in CPE.
But the whole-world-interfaith me and the spiritual-director-who-loves-to-help-people-with-prayer me get to play, too.
This morning a woman from the Mideast wanted to know, through the family member interpreting for her, which direction from her hospital room is east. Although I am gifted with no sense of geography whatever, I was able to respond with confidence by looking out from her window down onto the hill that leads to my house - on the east side of the city.
And so today I got to provide pastoral care for a Muslim woman from far, far away by helping her with her prayer. Spiritual direction in the literal sense of the word.
How cool is that!?
Of course, that does not obviate the fact that last night I lost my pager.
There is always something lurking out there just waiting to confirm one's level of incompetence.