Church Leadership
Pray for Paris: What I Will and Will Not Say this Sunday
As the world mourns for Paris this weekend, church-goers will look to their pastors to set a tone. This is what I plan to do in church tomorrow.
Empathy is hard. And deep. And always the right thing to do when people are hurting.

Empathy is hard. And deep. And always the right thing to do when people are hurting.

7. I will dedicate my first grandchild – and rejoice

Yes, this is pinpoint specific to our family.

Tomorrow, I will call my daughter, son-in-law and first grandchild to the platform.

I will hold Connor in my arms, show him off to the congregation and offer a choke-back-the-tears prayer of thanks, blessing and hope for this wonderful gift to our family.

In that public, yet profoundly personal act, we will be reminded that the loving gifts of a loving God shine brightest in the darkness.

8. I will pray for you and your church

You won’t minister in your church the way I will minister in mine.

But I pray that we will all be guided by the same spirit of hope, peace, wisdom and comfort.

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