The woman I am talking to on the phone is calling me about a job I applied for yesterday. She and I chat on and on for about an hour. She wants me to meet three other people on her team. “Can I come Thursday or Friday?” She is using phrases like correlate, ethnography, grounded theory and phenomenology. I haven’t heard those words in conversation for almost a decade. They are music to my ears.
Penn State University is researching health care for disparate populations. They need a qualitative researcher. I am one. I am thinking to myself, “Will someone really pay me to do this?” She assures me they will. I tell her I am interested. Are you kidding? I am ecstatic! Just a month ago I wrote a grant to begin a Parish Nursing program in my church denomination’s district. The outcome of that proposal will be determined in early April. If I am funded, I will take the Foundations of Parish Nursing course. This is a way to provide health care for the disparate populations where I live. I think it is THE way. I am already invested. Could it be that someone will invest in me, the invested one?
My friend Cherie and I had coffee and oatmeal at Starbuck’s (yeah, I know, who eats oatmeal at Starbuck’s?). We were there talking about Parish Nursing. It is a program of mobilizing nurses in Christian congregations to voluntarily care for church members in the name of Christ. Help can be in the form of putting eye drops in eyes, providing lactation support to breastfeeding families, phoning for prescription renewals–whatever is needed. I wonder how Parish Nursing and qualitative research are going to fit together. I can see how it could, but I wonder how it would. It is exciting to watch these things unfold. Cherie said today, “Jesus is the answer to everyone’s need. We’ve had a suicide on my church’s lawn this past week. You entertained two people who were fired from their jobs. Someone at clinic couldn’t afford his insulin. I could go on and on. We, the church, can meet those needs–every single one of them! Is it any wonder she is my friend? She is brilliant and faithful and so in love with Jesus and nursing. I might also add that she was a high school cheerleader who continues to cheer for Christ! Rah! Rah!
I don’t exactly know where all this is heading, but I am heading into the wind. I can feel the wind picking up. Holy Spirit, I’m holding onto You. I think I am about to leave the eye of the hurricane that I wrote about at https://dschondog.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/the-eye-of-the-hurricane/. My consolation is that He will go with me and His people will lend a hand every step of the way. Some will even walk alongside me. If that’s you, I thank you in advance. Get your rain slicker or parka on! It’s going to be quite a ride!
Showers of blessing,