Later this evening (Sunday 5th July), I am speaking at a local Songs of Praise style service. It is at Mawley Town Farm, in Cleobury Mortimer (check them out on facebook), neighbours of where we first lived when we moved up to the midlands 30 years ago.
The Robinson family who own the farm are the parents and grandparents of one of our patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Since then I have been invited to share in the service. Tonight I have permission to tell the story of 4 of our patients. If you watched any of our BBC2 series last year Children’s Hospital The Chaplains you will have met a couple of them – Wilf who had the day out to the seaside and Khalisia who is waiting for a new heart.
Although not all these stories have a happy ending, they are all full of inspiration in the way they and their families courageously dealt with their conditions. This is the testimony of full humanity, this is why they want their stories told, this is how we seek to live, choosing to make the most of life even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances.
I can only hope I live my life in a way which is a story worth retelling.