Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The best bits

Folk often ask me: What do you like most about ministry? In a week when it seems easy to name those bits I don't much like, it's a good counter balance to reflect on some of my favourite things:

  • When I return home awash with coffee because I've gone from home to home, admiring people's family pictures, hearing people's stories, enjoying the luxury of pastoral visits.
  • Driving or walking around the parish and being greeted by name by school children and, often, being introduced to their parents.
  • Having the opportunity to share and articulate a family's memories as they pay tribute and say goodbye to a loved one.
  • The sense of "ownership" of parish and the responsibility of loving and caring for souls.
  • The knowledge of God present in every chance encounter.

1 comment:

Dot said...

Just imagining you doing a 'Julie Andrews' in your lovely, high, shiny funeral boots!!!
Does as all good to remember the blessings rather than get bogged down with the rubbish!
Thanx for sharing this!
Dx

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