The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Care of pastors

Love them, pray for them

Jesus bent to wash his friends’ feet, we read in John 13. Citing this as an example of loving service, he gave a new commandment: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).

What person is more in need of love and care than your pastor? This is the person who loves you and yours unconditionally; who is there whenever you invite her or him into those intimate moments of your lives such as grief and despair; the person who faithfully, no matter what has gone on during the week, brings you a word from God each Sunday.

“So how,” you ask, “can I show love and care to my pastor?” Paul gives us a clue in Ephesians 6:19-20: “Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. ... Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.”

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