I am finding that one of the most challenging aspects of ministry for me is engaging in conversations with people whose lives are ending.
Not because I'm hesitant or apprehensive. Not because I don't know how to ask open-ended and evocative questions. Not because I have nothing to offer in response, whether to wonderment or fear or acceptance.
But because people really don't want to go there. Either bodily or in conversation.
Neither the people who are dying nor their family and friends who accompany them.
I am baffled by this.