Tears of Joy!

We forget far too often how far a simple word of encouragement can go.  I truly believe I have the best job in the world... and one of the most difficult.  There are many reasons for this, and I'll not innumerate them here, but a part of it is this: being a Pastor of a Christian church in the 21st Century Western context is designed to be a very lonely vocation.  While I take measures regularly to combat this, there still are seasons that make you wonder, "Does this even matter?" 

Today, I received a note in the mail (to my house, not the office) from a super-sweet lady from my congregation.  Here is a little bit of why I am so encouraged and blessed today:

Dear Pastor Steve & Shelly,
I just want ya'll to know how much I enjoyed the Christ Birthday Celebration Sunday morning.  I am 85 yrs. and it was the most touching, so beautiful of a service I can ever remember.  I so wished all my family (4 sons & wives, 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grands) had been there.  My oldest son... was and has been coming with Bible for a long time now. Praise the Lord!  Also, his daughter... (my oldest grandchild) and her daughter... She and I teared up through most of it (Tears of Joy!)

What a great after-Christmas gift!


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