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Hurting People

Hurting People

I love being a pastor. Since coming to ECPC I've spent a lot of time wrapping my head around the administrative elements of the church. I have a lot more "wrapping" to do but today was different. God gave me several opportunities to minister His grace to people. I have to say that I feel renewed. This morning I worked on my power point for Sunday and then had lunch with one of our elders. Had a great lunch with good fellowship. The elder has a PhD from Emory in Mathematics so he is smarter than I am, but he was so human. Then I went to visit Cameron Harrington in the hospital. Her husband and daughter were there which was fun. Cameron's pain had subsided so we were able to share a few minutes, a quick prayer and I walked into the hallway. Within about fifteen steps, as I paused, looking for the elevators, and a young woman walked up and asked me if I was a chaplain. I guess it was my bible that tipped her off since I wasn't wearing my "I'm a minister" badge. I don't think I look like a minister either, so it must have been the bible. Upon hearing that I was a "clergy person" she asked for prayer. Her mom just found out she had stage four breast cancer and didn't have long to live. She was lost in a world of fear, anger, and desperation. She had just gotten back into church a few weeks ago and now this. She said her faith was faltering. I spent a few minutes assuring her that her doubts were normal and recounted my own struggles. I assured her that I had no answers to her question of "Why?" and that often the authors of Scripture ask the same question. I had just read Habakkuk this morning and he begins with the question, "How long?" So I told her Habakkuk's message and about Psalm 73 and urged her to read and contemplate its message. She pulled out her bible app and opened it up. Then I prayed for her. I've been praying for her the rest of the day. Then tonight I listened to another sufferer. While my heart is heavy with the suffering, I feel somewhat renewed in my calling. Thank you Father for this ministry. Thank you for our Shepherd. May he comfort those who are hurting and assure them of Your great love. 

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