It is weeks like this when I am reminded of my weakness; reminded of the fact that I can not do this alone. Last Friday my cell phone rang and when I looked at it, the call ID told me it was the funeral director. That is never a good sign. Upon answering the phone I was told that G had died on Thursday. Now get this…her and her husband had been married for 72 years. That’s right…72 years…that no typo. I think that is absolutely amazing. What an inspiration those two have been to many people. One of the cute stories I have heard about them is that at the young of age 90+ they would sit out on the porch and G’s husband would sing “You are my sunshine” to her. G is going to be missed by many.
On Saturday I got another call on my cell phone from the funeral director. This didn’t make me as nervous since we were already planning one funeral. But this call was about another one…this time out at Belmont. The deceased lived in Sun City, AZ and is being flown up here for the funeral and burial. I don’t know this woman but I know the family.
So my week is shaping up like this: Funerals on Tuesday and Friday mornings; visitations on Monday and Thursday evenings; I have confirmation and Release Time lessons to plan; and Sunday worship and sermon prep…among with other things that come up during the week. Like I said earlier…there is no way I can do this on my own. I pray, God Almighty, to give me strength and focus do serve His children and provide the care that they need. During busy times like this it is easy to let some things slide and not do your best, but when you rely on God’s power and strength, then God’s Will will indeed be done.
Praise be to God!
2 thoughts on “Monday morning check in — God’s power and strength”
May God bless your week and ministry.
A pastor said to me once that a funeral throws all “goals” for the week out the window.
Fortunately, funerals are also good times for real ministry.
Weeks like this is also a reminder that when we make plans, God laughs. But even though funeral are physically and emotionally draining, I enjoy them (I know that sounds weird). It is a great opportunity to smack people across the head with the Good News of Gospel who normally don’t come to worship.
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