"The Preacher's Husband" is psyched... jazzed... stoked... fired up.... I am, in a word (or two) all a-tingle.
Those of you who know me won't be all that surprised. Sometimes it seems I spend most of my life in the the sweet zone. It's not unusual for me to get up in the morning already smiling. Life is good, yes, but life is better still when its fundamental meaning is so clear.
But I digress! The specific reason I'm all a-tingle this week is 100% church related. Yesterday was another huge landmark in our sojourn at First Presbyterian of Brandon, as real-life, dust-raising, debris-producing demolition marked the "can't-turn-back-now" phase of new construction.
As you can see (and thanks to Marianne Evans for the photos), the score at this juncture stands thus: Construction Crew 1 - Campbell Hall - 0. Or, "CC 1-0 CH".
For Rebekah and me, the course of events leading to this moment has been long and costly. The plan may have been developed and presented by the Visioning Team, but every congregational vote along the way felt like a vote of confidence in what is now over 14 years of ministry here in Brandon.
That equals a boatload of pressure on the pastor and a unique opportunity for the pastor's spouse to do whatever it takes to provide the encouragement and support that is not only crucial but possibly the most key element of our calling.
In the world of theater, exposition is defined as the art of helping the crowd understand the characters and the action. In our church, right now, we have both characters and action:
- The Characters are God and God's people - both those who know they belong to God and are exploring the relationship... and those of God's people outside our doors, the ones who need to hear the Good News (Go, therefore, and make disciples).
- The Action is building a center for discipleship and expanding our ministry in terms of equipping the saints.
Your continued prayers are valued.