13 May 2010
In a conversation yesterday
a friend shared with me how much he hated going to voters meetings. I think the typical attendance at the meetings attests to the fact that my friend is not alone in his feelings. And yet I urged my friend to go and I'd urge all blog readers to go. To go to the painful and sometimes long meetings. It is one very tangible way that you can love your pastor. Sometimes those meetings become the places where the folks with (what I'll call) the gift of negativity congregate in disproportionate numbers. It's viewed as their place to kvetch. And some REALLY excel at it. And way too often it goes beyond kvetching. How important, then, is the presence of persons who are there without "an agenda." Just there because they love their Lord, appreciate the work their pastor does, and want to further their congregation's mission in the community and the world. Those are the voices that are absent in too many parishes at these meetings. So, please, no matter how much you despise the tedium of them, go. Go, be a voice of calm and reason and encouragement to the pastor and other workers in your parish. Your pastor will thank you.
Posted by William Weedon at 4:29 PM