pastor: n. a Christian minister; a shepherd
(#5 in a 22-part series)
First, to grasp what’s going on in this series, read the introduction to the first post in this series (Mon., Oct. 2).
This installment is a bit different from those preceding in that today I’m especially thankful for those whom I have immediately followed, in terms of time. That is, wherever I have been, I know I’m profoundly indebted to those who preceded me. Some of them I knew/know personally, and some, even very well (e.g. – David Bryan, Duard Givens, Kirk Givens, Jim Hance, Leon Sharp, and Jerry Sullins).
And, of course, if we extend things back in time, most I did not know personally, if even at all.
They all did some very good, often challenging, work and I realize I have been privileged by our Father to have entered into their shepherding of souls, pastoring of people, and labors of brotherly love.
But, more on some of these in particular, God willing, in coming installments this month. And, in a broader sense, in my sermon this coming Sunday morning with MoSt Church. 😉
Father God, great is everything you do and great is your grace to work your good through us your weak, earthly vessels. Thank you for these men, and their mates, that I sense you have led me, by your providence, to follow. In the name of your Son, I ask that as you used them as you pleased in their place and time, use me and mine here and now to accomplish your will among your people and beyond. To your glory. Amen.