Merry Christmas, <<First Name>>!

I recently read a post written to churches about their pastors. It was bleak. According to this post, pastors are a discouraged, lonely, disconnected bunch. Their families are neglected and their marriages are strained and they feel criticized and unappreciated at every turn. All I could think was, "Man, I'm glad I am not a pastor!"

But, I AM a pastor. I'm just not THAT pastor. Why not? Because I am in an awesome church family where we all carry the load together as a body and actually love each other. I'm in a church body where I am one of the many who minister and serve. I'm in a church body where I do not have to carry to load alone. I'm in a church body that understands that I am not the answer. We know Jesus is the answer.

I literally cannot wait to be with my church family. I get excited to worship together. I get totally bummed when I have to miss our gatherings. I love being part of what God has built and is building here.

Thanks for making me not THAT pastor. Thanks for your prayers and your partnership in the work we are doing together. It's clear that God is with us just as he promised in sending Immanuel, Jesus.

Merry Christmas,

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