By now, most of you know that I depend on Christ’s giving me the thoughts
for my writings, and when He gave me the following at three a.m., I told Him that if it truly was from Him, to help me remember
it until morning. But it was so insistant in my mind, I felt I should get up and write it immediately.
It pertains to that one who toils in the church and parsonage,
backing, praying, and encouraging the pastor. I once wrote a poem about my Mom, how she helped Dad faithfully during his
preaching in the Depression days when offerings of $10 or $15 were comman, and there was nothing in it for her except the
Lord’s appreciation of her faithfulness. With that in mind, I‘ve invented a new word; "Pastorette!"
And so here’s my thought: It’s customary, so far
as I know, for a pastor to pay tithing on the amount he receives for his services. I propose that his tithing go to his faithful
wife, if conditions warrant it. Every woman should have some form of independence for those little things she needs. She
shouldn’t have to ask her husband like a child. "…if any provide not for his own…he hath denied
the faith and is worse than an infidel" (1st Timothy 5:8). Honor thy father and mother? How above Pastorettes, if their
church and its offerings are small?
regular readers may remember my article; it‘s in my website, titled, "The Best Thing I Ever Did" which tells
of my Mom making it possible for me to go on a high school outing. She gave me an handkerchief with some change tied in a
corner of it…eighty-seven cents, much of it in pennies! Christ like, she gave all she had.
Would you believe, I never
saw Mom eat a candy bar! Does Christ want a pastor’s wife to be a slave? I think not. This plan would allow a congregation
to help the pastor’s wife, without any chance that giving to her could be misconstrued.
And this doesn’t have to wait for a denomination’s red tape and debate
before adding it to its rules. Any pastor can do it NOW. And any who feels it’s a poor idea is free to argue it with
Christ Himself. I already tried getting Him to wait, and He said "no." (Use this however you wish).
The Armor Bearer (Eph 6:11)
All down through the years, we’ve heard stories of men
Who have suffered all things for the Lord
While back in the shadows, sits a part of their strength
Overlooked…and too often, ignored.
A Dear One who washes and then mends again
The shirt that has song been threadbare
And tells him the offering should buy shoes for him
she too, has nothing to wear
Mother who cooks, when there’s nothing to cook…
Who prays with him, then understands
And gives him the courage to stand up again
he almost would throw up his hands…
warrior who fights on her knees, with her prayers…
Who helps him exalt Christian ways
Who tells him the Lord will see them both through
has faith that there’ll be better days…
It’s the preacher who wears the whole armor of God
And having done all, can still stand
And we know that The Lord will give him his reward
But his wife will be at his right hand.