In seminary, I began wondering how I would shepherd people through deep valleys. In class, one of my seminary professors, Dr. Crawford, once told a story about a family that faced a terrible tragedy. I raised my hand and asked, “How do you minister to someone in that situation?” He said, “If you never did anything in advance to prepare them, there is relatively little you can do at the time.”
His answer has echoed in my thoughts for years. Each Sunday when a pastor preaches, he is called to prepare his people for times of weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing. If the Word is not preached, his flock will not be prepared. It is a job of supreme significance.
Pray for your pastor. Be in church this morning.