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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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