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Through the Horse’s Eyes

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“There is something about the gentle wisdom in a horse’s eye that can put even the most troubled soul at peace.” A desire to serve, guided from Above, helped you enter this sacred path.  Ministry.  Clergy are faced with copious challenges and stressors specific to their vocation.  Ultimately rewarding, yet over time, many pastors encounter struggles with transitions, leadership, self-doubt, or friendships.  Schedules become intense with life/work balance, self-care and identity squeezed in.  Also, coping with emotions such as grief.  The human aspect while serving as a pastor is tenuous. You became connected to the…
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An Observer’s Thoughts

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As my desk is in the front lobby, I have been fortunate to welcome pastors to the onsite Clergy Program throughout Covid.  The sweet spot for the program is a four-person cohort, a good number for relating to one another, but not perfect for distancing in our meeting room nowadays.  We have been hosting one or two per session in a shorter, four-day week for some months, and the participants are so grateful to have in-person sessions.  Like you, we have mostly adapted to our new norm, and wondering what the vaccine and the coming…
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Standing Knee Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst

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The above words come to mind when I work with ministers who face the constant challenges of “our work”.  I often say to my brother and sister clergy, “We can get awfully thirsty giving other people water.”  Anyone in ministry knows what I mean.  We who are called on to provide water to thirsty souls learn over time that giving the water does not mean drinking the water. Those whom we serve must think that we have some kind of artesian spring that naturally feeds our spirit.  Not true.  We too need to stop by…
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