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BONUS EDITION: memo to other pastors on easter monday

April 21, 2014

Memo to Other Pastors on Easter Monday

I’m tired.  You, too?

In fact, I told Patty at lunch yesterday that I was depleted.  You know that feeling, too?

I get accused of being so high-energy that I’m like the bunny in that battery commercial that just “keeps going and going and going.”  You’ve been there, too, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, back here in the real world where you and I live and minister as working pastors, we get worn out.

Ash Wednesday was a long time ago.  Lent brought extra opportunities for our people and us.  For how many weeks?!

And then there was Holy Week.  I’ve read online about how many of us have had like 6, 7, even 8 worship services between Thursday and Sunday.

The gauntlet of Holy Week’s scriptures and liturgy left us with spiritual and emotional whiplash.

Meanwhile, all the ordinary, regular stuff of life and ministry continued while we kept adding extra things.

And now it’s Easter Monday and we’re tired.  Depleted.  Bunnies who need re-energizing.

Some laity will understand, some won’t, and most won’t care.  None were involved in everything you did during Lent, Holy Week and Easter.  For a few, your Easter sermon and all that music took too much time and confirmed why they don’t attend regularly.

Instead of complaining about all this, or worse yet bragging about how much we’ve done, let’s take a page from the playbook of the Christ we serve.  For example, you might want to take some time and

+ start with doing what Matthew 14:23 says Jesus did

+ see what John 21:1-14 has to say about your energy, your efforts, and your need for refreshment

+ notice what Jesus was doing in Mark 4:38…might be time for you today to “go and do likewise.”

Take care of yourself, Pastor.  You and your ministry are worth it.

After all, to paraphrase something I’m sure we’ve all used, “It’s Monday…but Sunday’s coming.”




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  1. Bill Pyatt permalink

    Self-care is also a spiritual discipline.


    • Indeed, Bill, indeed.

      “Sharpen the saw” and all that, right?

      I’m also told it’s a good idea to sometimes let the ground lie fallow.


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