Pastors, Please Forgive Us


Pastors have a high - and difficult - calling.

There are few things that boil my blood faster or put me on a soap box quicker than when I hear God's people hurling mean-spirited or spiteful comments at God-loving, servant-hearted pastors. 

It gets ugly when the sheep turn on their shepherds. And Satan, along with the world, watches.

Smiling.

I have attempted to convey to my pastors and pastor friends just how important they are to God's work and His church. To let them know how much they, their families, and their ministries mean to so many.

But I end up choking on tears.

So, to my pastors (and to ALL pastors and their beautiful families):

You embrace the calling that crucifies you every day. Yet sometimes we are the ones pounding in the nails.

Please forgive us.

You take up the cross of Christ without hesitation, not because it's your job, but because it's your very calling, passion and life blood. Yet sometimes we watch from comfortable pews as you stumble under the weight of that responsibility alone.

Please forgive us.

You love us enough to sacrifice family time, cut short vacations, and be on call 24-7-365. Yet when you want to unplug, we demand that you re-engage and make yourself available.

Please forgive us.

When life blindsides us with loss, relationship difficulties, health scares, and financial burdens, you're the first to offer prayer and call in the posse to help. Yet when you need us, we wear busyness as a badge to dodge.

Please forgive us.

You willingly live in a glass house with our faces pressed against it. Yet when you ask us accountability questions, our self-righteous indignation chokes God Almighty.

Please forgive us.

But I want to you know...

You are not expendable.

You are VITAL.

You are VALUABLE.

You are LOVED.

As you stand at the vanguard of deadly spiritual warfare, it's an amazing privilege to stand in God's army with you. To heartily encourage you when you're weary. And to follow where God calls you to lead.

THANK YOU for your integrity and tireless commitment.

Church, when was the last time you prayed for your pastors?
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10 comments:

  1. Donna, thank you so much for putting this out there and reminding us of how special our shepherds are. They need us to cover them in prayer. They make such difficult decisions and work diligently on our behalf.

    Love your heart!

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    1. Jess, they work so very hard and give so much of themselves to the flocks God has given them. They need our prayers! Thanks for standing in agreement.

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  2. Beautiful, Donna. Thanks for the reminder. I'm so grateful for our pastor.

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    1. I see your gratefulness in the way you write when referencing them. So important, Friend!

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  3. Yay, Donna's back! I've missed you, friend.

    And wow. Conviction.

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    1. Lindsay, I've missed you, too. Hugs!

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  4. Thanks for these words Donna. A good reminder for all of us!
    I'm glad to see you're blogging again! I was just going to post a comment today asking how you were. How's the writing project? I hope you had an encouraging Christmas!
    God bless,
    -Joanna

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    1. Joanna, it was a reminder to myself, as well. Our pastors need our prayers and support. Yes, I'm back blogging! Writing deadlines, travel, and the holidays needed to take precedence for two months. I didn't realize how much I've missed this wonderful blogging community. The Bible study manuscript was turned in, now it's time to prep for taping the series live! I wish you lived closer. We tape the series on Jan. 25-26th! And you? What about your Christmas and writing? Hugs!

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  5. Congrats on the finished manuscript! That's wonderful! I pray the taping will go really well. Thanks for asking about my Christmas, it was the best one I've had in 8 years! My health is so much better that I was able to spend time with family, attend my church's Christmas brunch and service, and even go to the beach after New Year's! God gave me so many special gifts this Christmas, I'm so grateful! I also took a break from writing, though my second children's devotional was released in December, so that was exciting! =) This month I need to get back to my WIP which I started 3 years ago. Definitely time to FINISH it! =)
    It's good to be back in touch. Thanks for sharing the journey!

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    1. Joanna, what great news from you! I'm so thankful that your much improved health allowed you to enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your family and Church. Wow, and the beach!! Sometimes, those writing breaks are exactly what we need before we break bad. Know what I mean? Praying for you to finish strong on your WIP!!

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