Three Funerals and a Wedding

tired-pastor

This week has been what some might call a hell week. We had our church’s annual Christmas dinner on Sunday evening. I was forced to leave early to be with a dying man in the hospital. I was by his side when he went to heaven at one o’clock Monday morning.

That same morning, I conducted the funeral of another woman who had passed away the week before. That night I was once again at the hospital until 2 AM with another dying man. While I was with him and his family, I was called to another hospital with a lady who had suffered a stroke.

On Wednesday, I visited five different people under our spiritual care at the hospital. I also met with one family to discuss their upcoming funeral. That evening I conducted my second funeral of the week.

My third funeral is on Saturday morning. I also have a wedding that afternoon. The visitation for the funeral will be on Friday evening from 5-7 PM. The wedding rehearsal is at six.

Oh, and my daughter is dancing in nine performances of our local production of “The Nutcracker” this weekend. I am signed up to be a volunteer chaperone for four of those performances on Thursday and Friday.

As I sit in the middle of this monster week, I have become keenly aware of two things. First of all, I have to admit I can’t do this. The demands of the ministry at times overwhelm me. Wading knee-deep into the muck of other people’s messes as I carry my own baggage is exhausting. Facing the tear-filled eyes of grieving wives and children is heart-wrenching. Finding time for everybody is impossible.

I can’t do this on my own. Thankfully, I’m not on my own. The all-powerful God has been with me every step of the way. His promises of forgiveness and heaven are my comfort and my message. With his help, I will get through this and every other monster week of my ministry.

The other truth of which I am reminded this week is what a privilege it is to be a pastor. This week, I have been welcomed into numerous families to share with them their most personal highs and lows. This week, I had the opportunity to tell a dying man, burdened by guilt and regret, that God forgave him.

By the end of the week, I will have had the chance to tell hundreds of people about Jesus’ love and sacrifice. I will have shared with three grieving families God’s invitation to the family reunion of heaven.

Yes, this has been a hard week, but it hasn’t been a hell week.

It’s been a heaven week.

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  9 comments for “Three Funerals and a Wedding

  1. December 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

    What a great way to look at this…all those opportunities to reach people, to explain over and over about the sure hope we have. If it’s any comfort at all, I have a pastor friend who said he’d rather conduct a funeral service than officiate over a wedding any time. God bless your efforts on behalf of your members, and I hope that your daughter’s dance performances went well.

  2. sam
    December 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for all you do. You are very appriceated. We all love you and what you do for our church. <3 <3 have a blessed day.

  3. doug rose
    December 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    A Christmas Salute to Dedicated Pastors.
    Nobody feels the load U carry, until they become one.
    Blessings to U and yours–
    doug
    PS enjoy the Nutacracker

  4. John Boeder
    December 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Amen. A wonderful message to encourage young men towards ministry. Thanks!

  5. Brenda Blanar
    December 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Pastor, I knew Tuesday evening at choir practice (which you also squeezed into your schedule!) that you were going to need extra prayers this past week. You (with the Lord’s help) pulled it off in your usual amazing way. God bless you for all you do! Brenda B.

    • schroera
      December 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Brenda!!!

  6. Pete Snyder
    December 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I had a very similar week (9 days) 4 years ago. What a great and gracious God we have! I wouldn’t trade that week for anything in the world! I’m thankful you received such a blessing!

  7. Kenneth McElveen
    December 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Prayer lifted to God Almighty for You and your Joint minisrty with Him

  8. Page Meador
    December 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    We are all so very Thankful to have you in our lives!!! I can only imagine the situations you knowingly and more so willingly walk into on a day to day basis. You are a Servant of God and only he knows the amount of lives you’ve truly touched and God willing, will continue to touch!!! I’m truly amazed at everything you are able to do in and outside of the Church. Also, how wonderful you are with your family as well!!! May God continue to give you strength, Bless you and your family, and keep you well!!!

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