I had some free time prior to my appointment yesterday, so I took myself to the hospital chapel and with my beloved Monastic Diurnal and used the time profitably in prayer and reflection.
Whilst I was there, one of the hospital chaplains came in, and greeted me warmly, and asked if there was anything I needed or if there was anything he could do.
I explained that I was just waiting for a routine appointment, but he made me feel so welcome and at home, it was very kind and comforting.
I added a special prayer for him and for all the Chaplaincy team who minister to the staff as well as the patients and visitors at the hospital. They do wonderful work.
Interestingly, whilst I was there, a Muslim gentleman came in to perform his devotions. The obviously Christian nature of the Chapel, with the Cross, stained glass windows and pictures of Our Lord didn`t seem to bother him in the least, and it was certainly the first time that I have prayed in the same place and at the same time as a member of the Muslim faith.