Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
He is standing on my front walkway after dropping my daughter off one Sunday afternoon.
He is giving me a brief rundown of how all went with the Sunday yard cleaning at a local widow's home; how all the kids helped, had fun and yes, even my girl was cooperative.
I am standing, in the doorway, overflowing with gratitude- can't quite describe how my heart swelled, almost painfully, that one day.
Servant leadership is what one might technically call it, if one felt the need to be spiritually technical.
But he does not deal in technicalities by my observation.
Instead he lives them out, serving among his flock, unassuming.
He shows up in jeans on my doorstep.
I see Jesus better because of him.
I hold this image in my head of him, my pastor.
It is not the first time he has served our family in a personal and powerful way; But it was one memory that is especially endearing to me.
Both my Pastor and his wife have been true Faith Life Preservers over the past few years as our family has lived, moved and had our being among our current congregation.
I feel loved by God better because of their open arms and hearts
toward our family.
October is Pastor/Clergy Appreciation Month:
What better time to thank God for our spiritual leaders and their families as well as remembering to pray for them.
Is there someone who has been a Faith "Life Preserver" in your life-someone who shows up at the very time it is most significant to your spiritual health and well being?