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As I was reading through a stack of pastoral resumes at a church where I was Interim Pastor, I was reminded that Pastors do get tired, but often they are working so hard, they fail to realize it.
So perhaps it is time to share a list of some collected ways to know how a pastor is tired. (Not sure where I got all of these. Some might even be original with me.) Pastor-types will recognize a few of these and might even add a few more. Non-pastors need to realize some of these, to help them better relate to their pastor.
Pastors are tired when:
Note that pastors will not admit to most of these. Love them anyway, and by all means, pray for them, and remind them of Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
You are the Chief Shepherd. You know how it feels to shepherd the flock.
We pray for all Your shepherds. They are not only Your shepherds, they are also Your sheep and in need of Your tender and comforting and healing care too, like the rest of us.
Please bring them to a place of rest every time they need it. Lead them beside quiet waters and restore their souls.
Please refresh and encourage them and their families every time they need it.
Protect them from all evil. Protect them from wrong and difficult people who drain them without anything good coming out of it. Hide and protect them from the careless and hurtful words of people who have no understanding.
Keep them close to Your heart, especially when they struggle with burnout.
Grant them relief from days and nights of trouble.
Strengthen them in body, soul and spirit.
Give them Your peace that passes all understanding.
Let them see lasting fruit while they labor in Your service.
Let Your joy be their refuge.
Give them wisdom and discernment and guide them on their journey.
Let Your Presence be with them wherever they go and in everything they do.
Thank You that You are praying for them - no one can pray like You! Let this comfort them and bring them relief and joy every day.
Please God! Thank You God!
In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
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