Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #44


Chaplains are spiritual representatives of Christ commissioned to work in mostly secular institutions. We are expected to serve both the spiritual and emotional needs of others through listening, prayer, Scripture reading, and being God’s hands and feet in the organization we are privileged to serve in. This podcast is designed to equip chaplains and those training to be chaplains with the resources and encouragement they need to carry out their calling in life.

Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture Verse for today is 1 John 3:17 which reads, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Thomas a Kempis. He said, “In Jesus and for Him, enemies and friends alike are to be loved.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the Ministry: Years of Wandering” (Part 16):

At Christmas, in 1911, Alice did consent to correspond again, and in the letter in which she gave that consent she said that she was interested in me and all that concerned me. These words are graven in my heart. Again, I did not, perhaps, take full advantage of the opportunity, in that my letters were not as full or as frequent as they might have been. Nevertheless, in the spring, when I announced my intention of taking a church, she wrote a rather long letter in which she spoke of her skill in keeping house and making doughnuts. I took this as my opening and I replied accordingly. To this she responded in a stinging letter, saying that she had never loved me and that her answer had been given and could not be changed. I was stunned by her letter. Once more I gave way to the reaction of weakness and despair, and in my reply I spoke of the promise on which I had counted. Following this, the privilege of corresponding was withdrawn. My memory is hazy, but I think she said something about having been “weak.”

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