By Cynthia Laird, Lay Servant, Senatobia District
There is a connection so vital that no clergy spouse should be without it -- the support of other clergy spouses who unite through faith in God, love of family and dedication to church. No one else but another clergy spouse can understand the challenges you face as you support your spouse and family in so many ways. You serve with your talents in church work even when you fall short of expectations or needs and strive to maintain the spiritual disciplines that strengthen and nourish you as an individual. Clergy spouses know what it is like to help the family adjust and build friendships in new locations. They know what it is like to offer comfort when their pastor spouse is stressed, but cannot discuss the reasons. They know what it is like to just need a friend -- someone who understands what they face.
I have recently begun to understand the importance of this connection. Two dedicated ladies, one a pastor's widow and the other the wife of a retired pastor, have offered me loving kindness and support at a time when I have greatly needed "mothering." They served just like their husbands served and they know a thing or two about this life! I have received from them phone calls, a wonderful dinner and items for the mission yard sale at Minor Memorial UMC set for April 11. I have one of them on speed dial and the other spouse is a friend on Facebook.
There are other pastor's wives who have been an inspiration. They are leaders and encouragers. They are friends on call 24/7 that will help, guide, support and gently say if something could be handled better. Basically, they are extended family members.
We need the prayers and support of each other, and it is time to come together. The Clergy Spouses' Brunch will take place on June 4 at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Mississippi during the 2015 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference. The deadline for brunch registration is May 1, 2015. Please register. Clergy spouses, unite!
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