How to make it through Sunday
It’s easy to wear yourself out in the run-up to Easter. I talked with a pastor recently from a tradition that has services every night of Holy Week. He said one year he also had two funerals the two weeks before Easter. He’s planned ahead this year and is taking time off after Easter to recover. What does it take to get through it?
Recently at my church, a couple brought their baby to be dedicated (we’re Baptist, so we don’t baptize babies). The baby’s father, Malachi Williams, asked to say a few words, which is unusual. He talked about his late grandfather, Rev. George Dick, who was the executive secretary of the Oregon State Council of Churches from 1960-1966, as well as a pastor in Portland. His grandmother, Clarabelle, just reached her 99th birthday. This is a picture of the two of them together
Mal pulled out his wallet and read to the congregation some words his grandfather always carried around:
Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I can’t handle together.
I spoke with Mal afterward, and he showed me the quote. It’s a photocopy of his grandfather’s original typed version, taped on his wallet where he can see it every time he opens it.
Now, that’s drawing on the strength of previous generations of family every day.
My grandmother used to say, Do your best, angels can’t do better. I don’t remember hearing her say it, but my mother quoted her over and over as I was growing up.
Another favorite Grandma quote was this: God can only guide a moving vessel. In other words, get going, and you will be more able to fall into line with God’s will. If you stay put, you may never get anywhere.
Did your family have any wisdom that you can draw on to support you through this week? Or any challenging week? You may even have found them annoying when you were young. However, they might provide strength in tough times.
Or you can borrow one of ours.
Margaret Marcuson / Rev. Margaret Marcuson helps clergy make their lives easier. She is the author of Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry and Money and Your Ministry. She served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Mass. for 13 years.