Prayers for Pastors

In over my head (a prayer for pastors)

Sometimes I am in over my head, Holy One.
(This is one of those times.)

over-my-headI want to say a lot of things,
some which are more about me than is helpful,
some that will upset people I want to think are nice,
some that will piss off people I don’t mind pissing off,
until it’s actually time to do it.

Sometimes I am in over my head, Holy One.
(This is one of those times.)

We really need to talk about these things,
some that make us squirm in our seats,
some that break our hearts or disgust us,
some that will piss those people off, see above –
do I really need to do it?

Sometimes I am in over my head, Holy One.
(This is one of those times.)

Help me, Jesus, help me find the words,
some that express your righteous indignation,
some that inform the unwilling listeners,
some that get through to wall-builders,
because now’s past time to do it.

Sometimes I am in over my head.
This is one of those times, Holy One.

Please help.

Amen.

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