Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Nerve of Some People

I was teaching Confirmation Class today (during the Sunday School hour, before worship) when the church secretary comes in and asks to talk to me. Moments before, I'd heard the phone ringing, so I figured it had something to do with the phone call. It did. A nurse from our congregation (who was working today) had called with the following problem:

Someone (who is basically on his death bed) at the hospital (in the next town from us, 5 miles away) had requested a Pastor visit. So the hospital has a list of "on call" pastors, so they called the guy who was on call.

The pastor told her, "I don't want to be on the list anymore. I have obligations for worship service right now, and I'm not coming later."They called me (because the nurses didn't know what to do, and because the nurse who'd been in said, "I can call my pastor."So I went over after church service and asked some questions -- found out he was ready to make his peace with the Lord and wanted to pray to invite Jesus to be Lord of his life.

...and to think. Some other pastor was too busy to do that for him.


Chuckinator said...

Well done good and faithful servant...You reflected God's calling for life to serve others as Christ served. Recently, someone pointed out to me that many of Christ's "best" miracles came when he was interupted from doing something else. Maybe others need reminded of that.

Big Mama said...

How very appalling!!! Can we say "priest and Levite"? Am so very thankful you were true to your calling and that this isn't just a "job" for you. Keep up the good (hard!) work.