(Note: Picture taken before social distancing went into effect.)
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13–15, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The picture has been cropped, so we are unable to see their feet. These are the pastors of my church, from left to right. Bill Badal, Pastor Emeritus, retired from paid ministry but keeping his hand to the plow. Nate Miller, Pastor of Youth and Worship, wise beyond his years and making well below minimum wage if you consider the hours put in. Steve Persson, Pastor-at-Large, semi-retired but the glue that binds the old to the new. Kevin Rutledge, Lead Teaching Pastor, new (just over a year) to the church but seems like we’ve known him for a long time.
I don’t know about their feet, but they are “beautiful” to me. I love, respect and admire them all. God has blessed our local assembly and has arranged this team of shepherds just the way he wanted. Each gifted in their own right, with the sum greater than the whole. Being a Pastor can be a thankless (at least on this side of Heaven) task much of the time, and the days being what they are they have not gotten any easier.
My Advice – As we periodically pause to show our appreciation for those on the front line during this crisis, let’s not forgot to show our appreciation for those who shepherd our souls. A card, a text, a short phone call, maybe even a blog. Reach out and let them know how much they are appreciated.