Writing a short editorial each issue gives me an opportunity to express all kinds of thoughts. This issue I would like to write a tribute to each of you which I hope you will apply personally.
Taking on the joy and challenges of life in the parsonage is not an easy task. And, you all do it so well. In the years I have been in the Washington DC area the ministry wives in the church where Jim and I worship have embodied the genuine spirit and compassion that Jesus modeled when He walked among us. They have each one carried the burden of full-time employment and somehow managed to balance that with a smile and kind word on Sabbath for anyone who needed it. So, to you, special woman, unique wife of the minister, I salute you and the grace with which you carry on your important work.
You smile when you want to scream
You sing when you want to cry
You cry when you are happy and laugh when you are nervous
You fight for what you believe is right
You bring hope to hundreds
You have generously given when it meant you starved emotionally or financially
Shepherdess salutes you!