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Pastoring…

Posted by on Apr 6, 2009 in elders, love, office | 2 comments

Last week, I read John’s blog post at “Jesus the radical pastor” called “Why I Love Being Gifted as a Pastor“. John begins his post like this:

I sat next to an old man today as he rested on a special hospital chair that tilts to a bed for him to have cataract surgery. He needed a ride to the outpatient client and surely a ride home. I wanted to be his chauffeur. He is my friend, Ray. He is 3 weeks from being 85 years old. He was being sedated, but he was still aware. I was quiet.

“Are you still there?” Ray asked suddenly and quietly.

“Yes, I am still here,” I said. There was a pause.

“I love you,” he said.

You should read the rest of the post.

This is pastoring… Thank you, John, for the example and the exhortation to spend my time loving people.


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  1. 4-6-2009

    Alan,

    How could I add more than your own comment,”This is pastoring… Thank you, John, for the example and the exhortation to spend my time loving people.”

    After all, that’s what my Pastor, the Lord Jesus Christ did for me, and still does.

  2. 4-6-2009

    Aussie John,

    I hope that I never put organizational issues above the people. I’m human though… thank God that he has placed brothers and sisters around me to remind me to love God and love people – not institutions.

    -Alan