For my brothers and sisters in pastoral ministry: you are in my thoughts and prayers in this season. Praying for strength of spirit, for peace in your household, I pray that as you prepare for this season you may also recognize the many blessings God has given you and that your heart will be renewed and filled with a new sense of gratitude. In Christ, Amen and Amen!
Our pastor has a thankless job,
In many different ways;
She gets lots of helpful hints,
But gets so little praise!
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 her to call;
And as God’s woman they know she’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 she 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 wo/man of God,
When we kneel down to pray!
–from The Sawdust Trail by Billy Sunday (modified slightly to be gender inclusive)