This has been a week like no other in my ministry, maybe in my whole life… I have been practically voiceless! It began over the weekend… I believe from some kind of allergy as I cut the grass. Saturday night, the throat was sore… Sunday morning, I was raspy as I taught a class, sang in the choir, and then tried to preach. (I’ve preached through sore throats many times- with no real problems.) But this time by Sunday night, I was croaking… by Monday and Tuesday – whispering. Strained vocal chords require rest… which means no talking. For me, talking might well be one of my main lifelong characteristics – I even do running commentaries while watching TV… even when I’m by myself.
Preaching without a strong voice is not fun! Pastoring without much voice is a real trick. While I feel OK physically and can do some of my work… a great deal of what I do is, well, er… talking! Visiting has been difficult because it sounds like I’ve got a deadly disease. I make a lot of phone calls--- but when I call or answer the phone “whispering or croaking” sounds kind of creepy… like I’m a stalker or something.
Personally though, it has its upside… Jane perhaps has enjoyed some peace and quiet. My family gets to chat without my wise-guy comments. Surprisingly, even I have learned to like not hearing myself (and all God’s people say, Amen!). I’m learning the value of personal silence – (a lesson I’m sure to unlearn when my voice returns.)
I’ve meditated on a verse or two:
“It’s good that a man should both hope and quietly wait upon the Lord…. He sits alone and keeps silent…He puts his mouth in the dust; if so there may be hope.” (Lam.3:26,28,29)
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a)
All this comes in what is typically one of the fullest months of the year for our church when I feel a need to shout out what’s happening: We’ve just come off the heels of Operation-In-As-Much… thanks Joe and everybody who served. This month, we have Deacon Election, Mother’s Day, and Graduates Day.
Then throw this into the middle of it all:
A TENT CRUSADE IN THE COVE, May 19th- 21st
COMMIT YOURSELF TO ATTEND, INVITE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS,
AND PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
It’s fitting we start the month with our annual Deacon Election. A deacon that serves faithfully is truly an asset to the health of a congregation. Please prayerfully and thoughtfully help your church select men who love the Lord and love their church. Our deacons today carry forth a tradition of forward looking not just for the church’s sake but for the Kingdom’s sake. Not contentious but cooperative. Not for self-glory but for God’s glory.
Well that’s about all I’ve got to say, (write) about that…