Everyone in ministry has their first professional visit to a hospital. Everyone witnesses their first death of someone other than a family member. Everyone knows what it’s like to be clueless, to be lost, to struggle with the words to say.
Because we all have those first moments, we each have our own stories. We tell them to each other the way veterans tell war stories. They give details to those who understand the grief and uncertainty. They give the brush-off to those who wouldn’t understand.
Because this is my book, I’m starting with my stories. Not because they are unusual. Just the opposite. To let you know that they are uniquely the same. Or commonly individual.