Saturday, October 3, 2009


Among other things, October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I am extremely grateful for our current Pastor James (Senior Pastor), Bro. Garry (Youth Minister) and also our Associate Pastor, Philip. As I am trying to think of specific things to write to each of them and ways to say Thank You to them personally, thoughts of former pastors, and thoughts of my own brothers and their wives keep coming to me. I know that there are some pastors in the public,who have let God and people down. Actually, everyone of us have probably let someone down. We are all human, and only Jesus is perfect. All of the ministers that come to my mind give a lot of themselves to the ministry and to God's glory.

Here is what I wrote to my current pastor and youth minister today.

Dear Bro. James,

I just want to thank you today for being the wonderful pastor that you are.

Thank you for

1. being so prepared each Sunday.

2. showing how much you care for the members of your congregation

and community.

3. relating to Jase and spending time with him.

4. being "human".

5. supporting all of the ministries of the church.

and for marrying Judy!

Dear Bro. Garry,

Thank you so much for all that you do for the church and the youth.

Thank you for

1. the time you spend preparing for all of the youth events.

2. the time you spend at all of the youth events.

3. the time you spend with each individual youth, the time you have given to Jase.

4. the time you spend in God's Word on your own relationship with the Lord.

5. the time you give the youth to lead worship services.

and so much more!

Now, I am going to share a couple quotes from our pastor today, that leads right to the song that has been on my heart today.

Bro. James said:

"Sometimes, we are so spiritually insensitive that we don't see God in the small things."

"He wants us to be faithful in the small things."


Francesca Battistelli — Time In Between

You were there when your Father said
Let there be light
You obeyed when He whispered
Son, You have to leave tonight
To spend nine months in a mothers womb
Three days in a borrowed tomb
But it's the time in between
That brings me to my knees
Knowing you came for me
And all that I can't be
I'm amazed, so amazed
And I thank You for the time in between
Don't take much for this crazy world
To rob me of my peace
And the enemy of my soul
Says You're holding out on me
So I stand here lifting empty hands
For you to fill me up again
But it's the time in between
That I fall down to my knees
Waiting on what You'll bring
And the things that I can't see
I know my song's incomplete
Still I'll sing in the time in between
So many ways
Your love has saved the day
And I'm grateful for them all
But it's the time in between
The middle of two thieves
That says everything
It's the reason I believe
I'm amazed, so amazed
And I thank you for the time in between
Oh Lord, I thank you for the time in between


  1. It is in the little things that God really speaks to me about his Fatherly loving care!

  2. How nice of you to write these two letters. Our ministers need to know how much we appreciate them.

  3. It's good to show our pastors appreciation. Thank you for sharing. Have a good Sunday.

  4. A beautiful poem and nice tributes to your pastors. It is so important for pastors to feel appreciated by their congregation. I know. I was a pastor's wife for 45 years.
    Thank you for sharing with us on Spiritual Sundays today.

  5. I have been retired from the ministry for over five years. I am sincerely grateful to you for showing your appreciation of these good men. My wife, Charlotte just commented to show her appreciation for your letters. This was a great post. Thank you.