As October draws to a close & with it the end of Pastor Appreciation Month, I felt led to compile a little thank you to pastors from their families.
As spouses and children of pastors, we see a completely different side to your ministry. (Thanks to all the ministry wives & children who helped me compose this.)
To our pastor,
Thank you for being not only our pastor but the foundation builder of our home. To some of us, you are our very best friend & spouse. To others, our father & friend.
Thank you for modeling servanthood to us. Although we may sometimes become frustrated when you work long hours, we appreciate you showing us a model of sacrifice to minister to the body of Christ.
Thank you for allowing us to see your discerning heart as you choose to speak or remain silent as you interact with the church.
Thank you for coming home to us with a smile and grace after seemingly endless hours of meetings.
Thank you for being a constant for us through the transitions and relocations that ministry can bring, even though you may be struggling silently while comforting and reassuring us without fail.
Thank you for modeling fasting and prayer for us as we see you diligently seek after God’s will in His church and the messages He has given you to deliver.
Thank you for the deep compassion and care you model for us on those many sleepless nights that the church will never see.
We know you endure so many things. We know you are easily the target for so many who are hurting. We see your pain.
We see so many things that no one else ever will.
And we love you so much more than you will ever know.
**Father in heaven, we truly do thank You for our pastors. We pray that You will continue to lead and guide them in Your perfect way. We pray that You will give them Your vision for the church. We ask that You will strengthen us to give them the encouragement, support, and unconditional love they so need. Send them mentors, encouragers, and most of all friendships that will help them grow in You. Amen. **
(Special thanks to Bro. Joe McKeever for allowing use of his awesome artwork. Thank for your wonder pastor heart & for being such a wonderful encourager of our pastors.)