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People of the Wait

While you Wait . . .

. . .While you wait for the Library of Congress to catalogue your book you can squat and hold a stick like his in your hand and draw lines in the dirt and steal a glance at his little face, and if you do it long enough he may turn his head sideways and look back at you.

. . .While you wait for them to know you should be their pastor you can go in the wee hours. Go to a hospital, to the back entrance where blood drippings will steer your feet. Trudge through the wide doors and look. See. By chance a person on a green plastic chair may haul up his eyes and latch onto yours. While you wait to be a pastor you may see into his soul or hers. It is probably dark down in there.

from my WIP Dream Shards

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Honoring My Preachers

October has been designated Clergy Appreciation Month. While, of course, we should appreciate our pastors and other ministers at all times, and frequently tell them we do, it is admirable that a particular time has been set aside to especially honor these people.

Two have been most influential in my life: My husband and my father.

20141030-untitled (1 of 1)Farrell E. Forrest, pictured here on his 80th birthday, was a dynamic preacher of the Gospel who loved the Word and who studied it at length. He baptized me in Jesus name, and from my earliest days taught me the ways of God. How thankful I am, how very thankful . . .He’s in Heaven tonight.

20141031-untitled (14 of 14)I looked across the room a few minutes ago where my husband is sitting in his favorite lounge chair and remembered how grateful I am for his ministry, for his spiritual guiding of me through most of my adult years, and for his godly ways. To love God with all their hearts and to put God first in their lives were dynamic lessons Jerry taught our four children. I honor him for all the sacrifices he has made for the Kingdom of God. I honor him for his consistency, his strength, his loyalty. I honor him for every prayer he has prayed, every sermon he has preached, every saint he has tended, every tear he has shed, every sacrificial dollar he has given, every long hour of counseling in which he engaged, and every song he sang with his magnificent voice.

I know he’s really a Christian for I live with him, and although he no longer is active in the ministry every week, I know that’s where his heart is. When one of his sons said, “You’ll always be my pastor, Dad,” it touched him deeply, for that is who he is. His heart is that of a caring man, a pastor, a minister. Within the last few days he made arrangements to drive hundreds of miles to insure that one of his elderly friends will have a happy Thanksgiving. Appreciate? How could I not?

Scores of preachers have significantly influenced my life, and while I will not name any, I truly am thankful. Thank you for preaching to me, to my husband, to my children, to my grandchildren. You mean a lot to me, you who now pastor my children and grandchildren. You who give counsel.

Clergy Appreciation Month: How grateful I am.

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Pastor Jeremiah Wright’s Inflammatory, Profane Sermons

That Mr. Obama would choose such a church as Trinity United Church of Christ, and would listen for 20 years to a pastor who uses such language and expresses such bigotry and racism, and would refer to Pastor Jeremiah Wright as his spiritual advisor, is a sure reflection of Mr. Obama’s judgment and a telling stance on his intent for our country.

Available on You Tube are other videos of Pastor Jeremiah Wright with langugage that I refuse to have on my blog. This one is bad enough.

I know my husband well, and I am sure that if we were in church and listening to a preacher who began to speak in such vile and demeaning ways, and who used profanity in his sermon, Jerry would rise, gather his family and walk us out of that church.

I shudder when I think of the possibility that Barack Hussein Obama will become President of the United States of America.

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