Revisiting: Who Am I?
I spent the month of April re-reading the 800+ posts I have published since 2005. On Saturdays in May I will share with you some of my favorites. This particular piece was posted on August 1, 2005.
Who am I to join another family as they gather at the bedside of a dying loved one?
Who am I to sit in another family’s presence as they make decisions about whether to disconnect life support from their matriarch now that the doctors have concluded that there is no hope?
Who am I to enter the emergency room treatment area to stand beside a member who just killed an innocent bystander in a horrible car accident?
Who am I to speak words of comfort and hope to others when my own heart is breaking in two?
Who am I to teach the truths of the Bible when there are so many that I do not understand myself?
Who am I to pass judgment on a friend, pronouncing that her lifestyle is not fitting for one elected as a spiritual leader in the church?
Who am I to offer words of guidance, reproach, or leadership to Christian men and women with twice as many years of living and experience than me?
Who am I that my words carry weight?
Who am I that my presence brings comfort?
Who am I that my judgments matter?
Who am I?
I am a Pastor.
God help me, I am their pastor.