Pastoral Resume

Maybe one of these days a little church and I will find each other.
The people there would be looking for a friend, not a leader.
I would like that, to become their friend and they become mine.
 
I would be willing to rustle up some encouraging words every
Sunday morning in exchange for most of the rest of my week
exercising the freedom to climb deeper into the world’s hard silence.
 
I would love to officiate at weddings and bless newborns. I would be
honored to say the words over those dead but held safe. I would gladly
sign on for those moments if beyond that there was really nothing to do
 
but take bets on the first snowfall or laze about in old lawn chairs or
cook heaps of spaghetti served with red wine for the monthly potluck.
A little church could hire me to say grace over all that. And we’d eat.
 
 
 
 

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12 Comments

  1. mike graves on September 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This made me blue
    the good book says we are different, youre different john and you know it,possessing the restlessness of a seeker
    God bless yall anyway

  2. Amber C Haines on September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This is an ache of a poem, John.

  3. kcchurchill@verizon.net on September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Right on

    Sent from my android device.

  4. Cherry Odelberg on September 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    If only. If only it was that way.

  5. Patricia on September 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I’m so thankful for the words you rustle up right here. You are a blessing.

  6. Tara Owens on September 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    There’s a little church in me that you pastor and bless with these words.

    • Annie B on September 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      And I would come from far to attend such a church.

    • Annie B on September 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Me too.

  7. pastordt on September 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m thinking this maybe the same dream most pastors I know have. Only you put it down in purty, thoughtful words. Thanks for that.

  8. nance.mdr on September 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds good to me.

  9. Mick Silva on September 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    There’s a church within us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QktIufwCC9A

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