From the Pulpit: All things are possible
My husband is a nurse and I am a pastor – not very traditional. When people meet us and don’t know which of us is the pastor, they often assume he’s the pastor and I’m the nurse.
He usually laughs at them and says you wouldn’t want me as your pastor. He is referring to the fact that he retired from the U.S. Navy. He can be an example of “he swears likes a sailor.”
I tease him that God called me to be a pastor, so that Bob would have to go to church. When you are the pastor’s spouse people keep track of where you are and why you aren’t in church.
Our situation is even more complicated by the fact that he is the Infectious Control Manager and the Quality Control Manager of the Sidney Regional Medical Center. He lives there during the week and here in Grant on weekends.
People said I don’t know how you do it. I try to explain that when we were first married, he would be deployed for three or six months. I maybe got a letter twice a month. I might get a three minute phone call once a month if I was lucky.
Being a Navy spouse taught me to appreciate every bit of life. I never knew when my husband would be deployed or how long he would be gone. I also learned not to watch the news all the time.
We military spouses were very susceptible to watching lots and lots of news trying to guess where our spouses were in the world. If there was a death somewhere, we would agonize over it afraid that our spouse was the one who was dead.
With the pandemic that our world is in right now, that reminder to turn off the news is very helpful. We can get all worked up hearing all the statistics and arguments. At some point it is easy to forget that each of those statistics is actually a person.
Or we can become overwhelmed and depressed. These are side effects of isolation and fear. This is why we need to reaching out to our neighbors. Everyone is struggling right now. The more we do for others, the more we help ourselves.
If you are not sure what you can do to help or if you need some help, call any of the pastors in Perkins County. We can give you some ideas of things to do. During this time, we have to pull together. And know that with God all things are possible.