I understand that October has been Clergy Appreciation Month in some congregations. I understand this, but I don't know it from experience, if you know what I mean. Actually, I don't know how I feel about the whole idea. It sounds very commercial, but at the same time, even if it is commercial, if it serves a good purpose, it certainly must not be harmful. Maybe it's like the way I hated Valentine's Day in middle school. When you're not getting any (Valentines or appreciation), you have no warm fuzzy feeling for the corresponding holidays.
Anyway, I haven't received any notes or cards or anything, but that's OK because after worship a couple of weeks ago I received this:
The child who wrote these notes during my sermon is 8 years old. She was the guest of some members on Sunday morning, but had never been to church before. I understand her home life is difficult. It meant the world to me and at the same time gave me energy to continue on in ministry and let me know that if all of it fell apart and my ministry ended tomorrow, I can know the Spirit flowed threw me at least once.
Ladies and Gents, what we do makes a difference. What we do matters. What we do shares God's love with the world!
What are you doing this week? What message will God speak through you tomorrow? What notes do you hope an 8 year old will scribble during your sermon?
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