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While sitting at my desk and writing (my usual daily posture), I received a call on my cell phone. I didn’t recognize the number, but it wasn’t labeled “Scam Likely,” so I decided, what the heck, who’s trying to aggravate me now . . .
When I answered, the first impression I had was that it was a marketing call of sorts. The caller, a fellow, asked if I had completed the survey from Advent Hospital for my recent doctor visit; I explained that I’d had so many visits lately that I had no idea. (I did try to keep the sarcasm out of my voice.) So he told me the name of the doctor, whom I recognized, and I told him the visit went just fine (since, although the doctor gave me more bad news, he did it kindly).
And then the caller surprised me. He explained that he was a chaplain and pastor for Advent, and that since so many of us had been struggling lately, he wondered if that had been my experience. (I suspected the man had been reading my Ricochet posts or had ESP.) Then again, who in the world isn’t suffering in some small way? Before I could answer him, he asked if I would like him to pray for me. And then he waited for my response. I said I’d be glad to pray with him, as long as Jesus wasn’t involved. (It was not one of my better days.) I explained that I was Jewish, so if he could do a “Jewish prayer,” I would be open to that. He said, of course, and then he said, let’s pray.
And I have no idea what was in the content of the prayer, but it was kind and loving and I felt tears in my eyes. I sensed that even though it was his job to call me (checking on my non-completion of the survey), I knew, just knew, that it might have been a pretext to call, and that he wanted to offer me the opportunity to pray together and be comforted.
It was sweet and lovely, and I thanked him.
And I didn’t let his inquiry if I would complete a brief phone survey on our call change my impression.
Business, you know.
But it took nothing away from our time together. I felt blessed and comforted.Published in