October — Pastor Appreciation

If it started as a Hallmark promo, I don’t care. It’s a good idea to set aside time and say thanks to our pastors. Having been on the receiving end, I appreciate being appreciated. Bill was the pastor, not me, but the thanks from churches we served went to both of us. Even after Bill retired and became a volunteer associate pastor, the church included both of us in the thank offering.

Today while finishing the book of Romans, some verses spoke of how I view our pastors:

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (15:13). “You are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another” (v. 14), “serving as a priest of God’s good news” (v. 16). “Therefore I rejoice over you” (16:19b).

We were blessed as church members when Bill was a professor. Pastor David A. Seamands held a high standard of preaching the Truth. Then at the last church before moving to Indianapolis, we had the privilege of hearing Pastor Dan Willis, committed to the sure foundation of God’s Word. Now we attend (not members) Southport Presbyterian Church and we’re grateful that Pastors Rob Hock and Glen Massey preach with conviction the Gospel of Truth.

In this note of appreciation I cannot leave out my favorite pastor/preacher/teacher – my husband Bill. His sermons always included teaching and were always founded on the truth of God’s Word. His delivery only matched his message in presenting the Truth. When I listen to Steve Green sing “We Have Seen God’s Glory,” (Gary Driskell/Mike Hudson) that to me is a testimony of what I sense when Bill preaches. I have been so blessed and privileged to have sat under Bill’s ministry.


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I love the Lord. To those I love I am wife, mother, granny, great-granny. To my corner of the world I am a writer.

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