Between the Covers

Opening thoughts from the editor's desk.

Sharon Cress is editor of the Journal

It is hard to believe that 1996 is here already. In this first issue for the new year, two ministry wives, Olga Murga and Soledad Nieto De Los Rios, inspire us with miracle stories of God's protection and abundant blessings. How fortunate we arc that a loving God continues to provide for His daughters.

Cynthia Burrill, a pastor's wife and instructor at the North American Division Evangelism Institute, writes an excellent essay entitled, "Precious Kids, Can They Be Normal?" Our pastoral children are very special to us and to God. Cynthia addresses the important issues of members' expectations, parents spending quality time, and the trauma and oppor­tunities involved in moves.

It is much easier to face the trials of life in the parsonage if we can add a dash of humor. Marlene Krause's article, "Parish the Thought" and Laura McKenzie's article, "The Secret Life of a Pastor's Wife," give reality a smile.

May the Lord be with each one of you in a special way so that you feel His presence in your life.

Happy reading.