We read a lot of articles each week, but this particular one was beautifully and thoughtfully written, I wanted to share it on our website. When we talk to ministry wives, we get a real sense that only those 'in the job' truly understand the ups and downs of clergy life. They work behind the scenes, supporting quietly, and often at their own (sometimes unexpected) expense. So here is a public, heartfelt thank you from a minister who sees this work (To read the full letter, click here):
"Thank you to every ministry wives for:
- For your willingness to be separated from your husband on a lonely couch/bed during unpredictable seasons of urgent opportunity and crisis.
- For your constant effort to steer your children toward a sweet disposition about knowing and serving the Lord.
- For your willingness to navigate the unrealistic, extra-biblical expectations that frequently come your way from even well-meaning people.
- For your grounded, patient empathy with your husband who often is emotionally and conversationally depleted.
- For your willingness to allow your financial security to be directly affected by the ebbs and flows of the church’s stewardship trends without fear or resentment.
- For your shouldering of responsibilities that no one else on the planet can fulfill in your marriage to a pastor, missionary, or evangelist.
- For your domestic efforts that create both a space of opened-armed hospitality for strangers and a highly desirable, cozy oasis for your family.
- For your quiet fortitude and Spirit-enabled smile toward those that have wronged you privately, and are publicly held in high regard by others.
- For your willingness in dress, demeanor, and words to publicly identify with a lifestyle that frequently draws odd looks and “vibes” from the world around you.
- For your "I-cannot-take-this-for-another-moment" tears that are shed, wiped, and surrendered to the grand cause of winning the world to Christ."
This list is by no means exhaustive, but I hope it encourages you where you are at and lets you know others are grateful for your personal ministry (public and private).