A couple of weeks ago I had a reminder of why I love being a Pastor at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. It was a really, really good day; it was a one-of-a-kind day. If anyone who reads this has ever had a day like this, please respond because I think more people need to hear about why being a Pastor is the best job in the world.
We had a "normal" Sunday morning: a worship service with Holy Communion and I taught Bible Class. That was pretty good, but my day got better. After church I visited a couple that had their first child. They were kind enough to let me hold their precious little girl who was just one day old. That is pretty special and I am constantly amazed at how people will welcome me as a part of their family at these milestone moments.
After I left the hospital, I went to a skilled care facility where one of our members was celebrating her 100th birthday. This dear saint of God, the widow of a previous Pastor at this congregation, was able to play the piano for her birthday party. We sang Happy Birthday, Back Home in Indiana, and Abide with Me with a 100 year-old accompanist. The juxtaposition of these two events on the same day made me feel specially blessed.
I don't read all the BLOGS and articles that circulate through my email box, but I see an awful lot of them that discuss Pastor burnout and discouragement in ministry. I have been through burnout and I have been discouraged, but I still feel very blessed to have the privilege to do what I do.
It would also be dishonest to say that Pastoral ministry is easy. Many things are not very complex, but that doesn't make them easy. I can't touch the pain of another without feeling some level of my own pain.
I don't share this great day with any sense of triumph or superiority. In fact, these events humble me because they remind me of the great privilege I have to be called as the Pastor in this place. I am also reminded that this isn't about me, but about God in Christ Jesus who is at work in this congregation and community. I pray that what I do will point to Christ and glorify God's name.
Pastor Dan Czaplewski
What an amazing contrast between a dependant one day old and a 100 year old who plays the piano. God really blesses us in wonderful ways and opens our eyes to new beginnings and the long term potentials.
Mt. Calvary has been blessed with many loving shepherds. Thanks for being a continuation of that blessing.
We at Mount Calvary are blessed to have a shepherd who faithfully watches over us and cares for us.
Thanks for sharing how you spotted a "treasure" in your everyday life as a pastor. Holding on to that treasure in your heart helps when the days are rough.
Let's purposefully look for "treasures" in our everyday life.
Pastor Dan Czaplewski
I like what you said about being "humbled" by one's calling. EXACTLY! Not all days are great, some are not good, but it is humbling.
Thanks for sharing.
Being a pastor is a 24/7 "job", unlike those that most people have.
There are difficult days in all professions, but this is one you really cannot escape.
Thank God for the many wonderful, meaningful days maybe you alone get to experience,
and remember that you, like the rest of us, can go to Him when the days get you down.
Our God is an awesome God!!!
Blessings to you...everyday!
That was a great day. Thanks for sharing it in a blog. Blessings.
First, I'm not surprised that Ginny beat me to responding to your blog!
Second, I've been there and felt that. I know what you mean by feeling humbled by what God has called you to do, and the gratitude to God that goes along with it. There is something about the ministry that both reminds us of our own inadequacy and God's presence with us.
I love that you consistenty show and commuicate how much you love the Mt. Calvary people! Your positive attitude and ministry is a blessing to us!
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