Monday, October 30, 2006

Pastor, Appreciate Them Month


A strange woman came to our door last evening and handed Marilyn an envelope with a brief typewritten message. In the envelope was a very generous cash gift for us to use on our winter vacation. The note read:

“Please accept this gift as a blessing from the Lord. It is our desire this gift will help in some way to allow you to relax more, and do less. (More ‘Mary’ time and less ‘Martha’ time.) We were really blessed last year to see your zeal after returning. We hope this year will be a repeat performance. We love you and wish you a grand time, loving God and loving each other.” Signed~ “Love, whosoever.”

Thank You Lord! We were really short on funds for this year’s vacation. How You provide!


Once again, October was designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. During most of our ministry, no such month existed. However, time and time again our people would surprise us with notes of affirmation, promised prayer and unexpected generosity.

We give thanks to congregations and individuals who care deeply for their spiritual leaders.

May this e-mail be a reminder to send a thank you note or gift, it’s never too late. Words of affirmation restore the discouraged. I keep an annual file marked “Affirmation” in which cards, notes and prayer promises of that year are kept for occasional reference. (A reminder to fellow pastors/leaders….let’s be sure we respond to those who remembered us, not only this month but in the future as well.).

Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?” Hebrews 13 (The Message)

SAYING YES TO GOD Vol. VII # 19-bob and marilyn yawberg.

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