Monday, April 1, 2013

Thank you, Pastor. . .

The upside is that their only aspiration is for their congregations to taste of the life, blessing, and joy that God offers us through the gospel. But what frustration, also; it’s so often like pushing a rope. We congregants are hard of hearing, we stumble, we are distracted by the world. The pastor implores those in his charge merely to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” They know, they know, that if only we taste we will, like them, want more. It’s sitting there, right before us. They would love for us to share what they have. But we don’t even taste. 

Read the whole article here. . . 

With these kind words and more, James R. Rogers, department head and associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, offers kind appreciation and encouragement for those who serve as Pastors. . . and I, for one, am most grateful for his generosity and thoughtfulness.

1 comment:

Janis Williams said...

"Thank you" seems hardly a drop in the bucket. On top of the stresses, disappointments, long hours (which can be shared by any CEO), there is, as St. Paul says, the concern over the churches. And what are churches but bodies? The Body of Christ, made up of individual members.

The cure of Souls - the calling of Pastor is more than any one man can do short of the calling and aid of Christ.

In addition to all that is the strain on the family of the pastor. Their sacrifice is as unsung as the Pastor's.

Congregants need to pray for their Pastor and his family. He/she must be willing to serve him/them as their neighbor.