Friday, December 19, 2008
I love this calling...
I love the privilege of ministry.
Just when the number of calls and prayer requests for hard, hard things and broken water pipes under concrete and worry about financial pledges being fulfilled would threaten to squelch any sort of Christmas joy, this week has also brought:
*two phone calls and two e-mails from four different folks sharing relief over benign medical reports
*a phone call indicating the end of a four-year real estate lawsuit against friends, with the ruling in their favor, clearing them of all charges
*sweet and thoughtful Christmas gifts from parishioners that whisper thanks.
*a major contribution to the church from a very happy father-of-the groom for an upcoming wedding
In the midst of snow removal, misplaced purple candles, several small Christmas pageant candidates vying for the special roles of dancing stars (love makes room), a beloved church member passed away very unexpectedly this week. We'll be planning a service of witness to the resurrection for this saint between Christmas and New Year's.
It is a privilege to be invited to draw near to folks as they experience God in all the highs and lows. I give thanks.
photo of beautiful New Hampshire real estate