Taking Care of Yourself in Tense Times My name is Rev. Brian Shields, and I’ve been a hospital chaplain for almost 10 years. My family and I reside in the […]
Taking Care of Yourself in Tense Times
My name is Rev. Brian Shields, and I’ve been a hospital chaplain for almost 10 years. My family and I reside in the greater Cleveland area of northeastern Ohio. I am a husband to a parish pastor (Jessica) and a father of two amazing daughters, who are six and three years old respectively.
I support the mission of EYEJ because my pre-teen and adolescent years were painful and lonely. I want to do something to help middle school and high school students in particular. I believe when children connect with well-intentioned adults and resources at that time in their lives, a lasting and meaningful imprint can happen. These impressions can sustain children and provide a frame of reference when challenges are met.
Since I journal as part of my self-care and my professional life, I write for the healing of myself and others. Below are a reflection and links to get to know more about me.
“One Never Knows”
We never know when we’ll draw our last breath. After living a fulfilling life, I hope to die peacefully when it’s my time to go. But, one never knows. As I reflect on the gentleman; Steve Stephens who shot someone to death on Facebook Live here in Cleveland on Sunday, April 16, 2017, and now hearing that he killed himself, wow…this hurts. Not only our we saturated with violence in our culture, we breathe it, live it…glory in it. This hurts my heart.
My heart hurts today for Steve, the victim’s family who grieve, and those of us in the human family left to process what happened.
No one really knows when our lives will end. I hurt today for the hurt in our world. I hurt today for human hurt, longing, bottled up emotions yearning to be voiced. I hurt for inauthenticity with self, others and a God/Higher Power/Creative Force.
I offer today my story with depression and anger. Please click on the links to view.
Rev. Brian Shields
Staff Chaplain/Healing Services Coordinator – Cleveland Clinic
EYEJ Social Justice Committee