The time he has is not his own–
He’s not like other men;
Right when he thinks his time is his,
There rings that phone again!
Someone is sick and needs some advice,
And asks for him to call;
And as God’s man they know he’ll come,
And hardly mind at all.
The wisdom of King Solomon
Is all he needs each day;
To lead his flock and keep them safe,
From Satan’s cunning ways!
Like Jesus he prays for his sheep–
Prays faith will never dim;
But when we lift our prayers to God,
How many pray for him?
So let’s be faithful to the one,
Who helps us day by day,
Let’s not forget the man of God,
When we kneel down to pray!
–from The Sawdust Trail
- Eugene Peterson: Letter to a Young Pastor (barefootpreachr.org)