I meant to post this before leaving the house this morning, so that you could spend the day in prayer regarding this concept, and, there just wasn't time.
Interestingly enough, such a scenario can be a symptom of this concept, of feeling "drained".
So often, when life closes in and curtain circumstances are already taking a toll, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially, "one more thing to think about" is simply too much. Such is the sentiment of what has transpired in my family the past few weeks and the new information we received today and what's in store in the weeks and months to follow. So perhaps, God planned that this would get written late in the day.
If individuals have a hard time handling and processing life when it gets complicated, it gets exponential more frustrating for those in leadership positions, such as a manager or business owner concerned for their employees. Even more so for church leadership, concerned with the spiritual impact of such circumstances and the toll they take on their congregation and community.
It's hard enough figuring out what to do for my own family and the decisions we face; how to sort through and process the information, keep the faith and move forward. I can' fathom going through it, while having to be concerned with helping hundreds or thousand of people within the church correctly navigate through life's challenges as well.
Pray for the strengthening and quickening of church pastors and leaders, that they would not feel overwhelmed in caring for their congregation
Pray that they would be able to correctly balance their home life and being able to handle family matters, while properly directing church affairs
Pray that associate pastors and support staff w/in the church and ministry coordinators would continue to work with and not against the vision of their local church, to help carryout the ministry in an effective manner
Finally, pray for protection over the marriages and families of your pastor, they God would grant them favor and grace on a personal level, so that they could take those experiences as a way to encourage and uplift the community to continue in the faith.
As Paul said; Follow me as I follow Christ. Pray that pastors would not be hindered in their following of the Lord whereby negatively impacting the hundreds and thousands who live under their leadership.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.