Today, I launch my new weekly blog for those who serve in the church office or who sit in a pew on Sunday mornings. My mother worked at labor-intensive jobs and had many rough days, but never complained. She always referred to Wednesday as “Humpday.” To honor Mom for years of hard work, without complaining, I picked Wednesdays to post my messages of incidents and inspiration.
Today’s blog was featured in my first book, “Incidents from the Church Office” (Released 2009)
Finding Peace and Joy
Do not forget all his benefits. Psalm 103:2
Jesus called his disciples to follow him. They didn’t have a clue what they were getting into—like me when I got my first job in the church. Before my children were born, I worked for the social service agency in our county and had daily exposure to child neglect, seniors struggling to stay in their homes, and single moms trying to live on a welfare check. Years later when the pastor of my church approached me about a part-time job, I figured working in the church would be a cakewalk compared with working in a public agency. This might be a fun job and so peaceful!
It didn’t take long for the honeymoon to end. I began to wonder if this was the job for me. There was never enough time to finish everything in my in-box and not everyone who called the office wanted to tell me what a great job I was doing. The joy of working for my pastor dissipated a bit when I found out he was as human as my own husband, and just as disorganized.
The first churches I served were single-pastor parishes. I loved the volunteers who showed up and worked hard. I soon realized that the joy I found working in the church emanated from those who already had the peace I’d been seeking.
When serving in the large church, my workweek was full of challenges and surprises. On Friday evenings as I left my office I’d stop and look at the neatly stacked pile of worship booklets ready for the ushers. It always gave me a sense of pride and relief! I’d leave the church with Peace and on the drive home, Joy lifted my spirits. By Monday morning I looked forward to going back to work and doing it all over again.
Lord, you make all things possible, over and over again. Amen
Blessings for a great rest of the week! Linda
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