There’s something deeply human about people connecting and truly being present in a moment of conversation. It sounds simple and self evident, but many seem starved of real relationship within the frenetic pace, busyness and disconnection of our modern world where our calendars are full and a lot of our spare minutes are taken up by handheld devices.
The point of chaplaincy is for there to be someone in the moment with you. In this wonderful article, Omid Safi points to a traditional Arabic and Persian greeting that asks a deeper question than the fleeting ‘how are you?’ It asks ‘how is your heart in this moment?’ Media Chaplaincy conversations aim to do that; to scratch below the surface and hear the real, human you that doesn’t rely on what you do and how well you do it, and to leave you feeling like you were heard, someone ‘got it’ and that you’re not alone.
Each time I sit down with someone I’m hoping to catch a nugget of what Omid says with this little piece of his column…
Tell me you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing. Tell me you’re more than just a machine, checking off items from your to-do list. Have that conversation, that glance, that touch. Be a healing conversation, one filled with grace and presence.
I want to be having conversations filled with grace and with presence.
Rev. Francis (Frank) Ritchie is the Director and lead chaplain for Media Chaplaincy New Zealand. If you work in the news media and would like to sit down and have a confidential chat with Frank over coffee to discuss life and work, feel free to get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page.