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A child peeling an orange on the subway. A bearded man with gentle eyes holding a tin cup on the corner. When we see life through the lens of faith, everyday moments become a source of hope and strength. In this collection of essays, chaplain Andrea Raynor reveals the unexpected places she has experienced the Divine and shows us how we, too, might come to see life as a spiritual adventure—one on which we are never truly alone.
Raynor’s own life has required more than a little bit of faith. She served as chaplain to the morgue at Ground Zero and has ministered to hospice patients for more than twenty years. She’s survived breast cancer and tended a brother wounded by the Vietnam War. Any one of these experiences could have shaken her belief, and yet she sees the holy in them all.
It’s easy to lose our way, to forget who we are and why we are here. But each moment, no matter how trying, helps us chart our course and lights our path toward a more spiritually fulfilling life—all that’s required of us is an open heart and a little faith on the journey.
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About the Author
Andrea Raynor, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is a United Methodist minister and chaplain. She has been a hospice chaplain since 1997 and is currently serving at Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has worked with the homeless in New York and Boston and was a pastor to churches in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Raynor served as a chaplain in the morgue at Ground Zero, offering both blessings over remains and support to the many workers there. She has lectured throughout the New York area and has appeared as a guest on public television and radio. Raynor is the author of two books: The Voice That Calls You Home and Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard. She lives with her family in New York’s Westchester County, where she is the chaplain for the Rye Fire Department. Learn more at www.revandrearaynor.com.
Table of Contents
The Prize 1
Blood Orange 11
My Father's Eyes 23
Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans 29
The Sacred Pause 39
God on the Corner 43
It's in the Stars 49
Saints of Light 55
Mother to Mother 67
Jimmy's Home 71
The Blessing 77
Spirit Daughter 83
The Swan's Surrender 91
Last Call 97
The Resonance of Lavender 113
Knocking on Heaven's Door 119
The Choice 127