Pastoral Oops

Hospital

Getting to know a new ministry setting means getting to know new hospitals. I made four hospital visits on Wednesday of last week at the local hospital in Sulphur Springs.  I parked in the clergy spot, visited with the church member volunteering in the lobby, and went about my pastoral duties.

The visits went well.  The four church members seemed pleased to get a visit from their new pastor and I enjoyed getting to know a bit of their stories.  I love praying with people by their bedside.  It is a holy moment between a pastor and congregant.

On my fourth and final visit I stood up from my bedside-prayer-holy-moment, quickly said goodbye, turned around, and walked through the door … of the bathroom.

Like I said – getting to know a new ministry setting means getting to know new hospitals.

The witness of this pastoral blunder showed up to church on Sunday.  She even brought family.  I was pleased to know she did not hold my blunder against me.

Here’s my challenge to you:

Pray for someone this week.  Be bold.  Be courageous.  Pray for a coworker who struggling in life or losing a battle with sin.  Pray for a friend in need of help.  If you make a mistake – I don’t think they’ll hold it against you.  Believe me.

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