Ride-along Chaplain

Typical_Summer_Afternoon_on_Lake_Shore_DriveI love my Uber app. Just a few clicks and I am good to go somewhere when Tom is using our shared car. Of course I learned about it from my 20-something daughter who stayed on the phone with me while I signed up as I was anxious about somehow “doing it wrong.”

My opening question is always, “How long have you been driving with Uber?” The answer has ranged from three years to one day. Most of the time it is just a few months.

Perhaps because I may or may not have a “Mom-like” presence, I’m honored with hearing many stories from the drivers during our rides. I don’t broadcast an invitation like “Tell me your life history in the next 10 minutes” but that’s often what happens.

About half the time, especially if I’m transported to the hospital, I mention I’m a chaplain (i.e. I pray for people.) The most common response: Will you pray for me?  I do, of course, right there. No time for theology or inter-faith discussions, just simple prayer.

My favorite encounter was on a long ride to the airport, lots of time for stories. As we were pulling in, the driver turned around, “Ma’am, we are almost there and you haven’t prayed for me yet!” Another time the driver asked me if it would be OK to give me a hug after we had prayed about some tough family stuff. Yup, just fine.

Funny but I’ve never had the same driver twice and never hear how things worked out but that’s OK.

Looking forward to the next round of stories, everyone has one.

Hope for the best,

Tish

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6 Responses to “Ride-along Chaplain”


  1. 1 Elaine Lewis February 1, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Tish My oldest son designs those cool uber apps and make them work easily for you. He interned for them this summer as a designer and has accepted a job with them after graduation in May as a designer I will pass this along to him. Love it On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM Hope for the Best wrote:

    > Letitia Suk posted: “I love my Uber app. Just a few clicks and I am good > to go somewhere when Tom is using our shared car. Of course I learned about > it from my 20-something daughter who stayed on the phone with me while I > signed up as I was anxious about somehow “doing it wro” >

  2. 3 Ann Krumwiede February 1, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Oh that is so awesome!!! You are a great listener, Tish, and people respond. And then they get the tremendous bonus of prayer. Love it!

  3. 5 mary nelson February 2, 2016 at 2:26 AM

    I love how you turn your everyday into an adventure. Thanks for another lesson in life.


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