Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thank God for the Preacher - When Lyrics Speak

When I look back, I'm so thankful for the spiritual mentors I have had in my life. I've been blessed my some incredible people who have molded me and helped me become the person I am today. Many of them instilled God's love in me as a young child, not realizing how much I would appreciate their influences until later on.

I was blessed to be raised by Christian parents who faithfully took me to church every week. We got a new pastor when I was in elementary school who wanted to start a new program for kids. We had kids from all walks of life, some like myself were "church-goers" and some never went on Sundays. We had kids who were glad to come to get away from home for a couple of hours and be fed physically. Many came and heard about Jesus for the first time, while others were prayed for daily by their parents. It didn't matter where the child came from but as soon as they came through the door, the pastor always hugged them and made sure they knew that they were loved not only by the church but by God. He made no difference in the kids, we were all the same to him. But we all knew that he cared.

It was under this pastor's time at our church that I was saved, and he's the one who baptized me. I didn't realize then how much I would look back at my pastor during that time and see how he exuded the love of Christ. He loved people and he loved sharing Christ with people. He made no distinction of people. "Thank God for the preacher who told me of Jesus." 

Every time I hear the song "Thank God for the Preacher" he's the one who comes to mind. He not only told me of Jesus but he showed the love of Jesus in his actions with people. I'm so thankful for his example of how to love people as Christ does. I thankful for his preaching and teaching that I learned under for several years.

The chorus of the song asks the Lord to help us show others God's love and mercy. I pray that my life can be the witness that his was. I pray that I will show God's love to others the way he did, no distinction of people. I pray that I can be half the example of God's love that my pastor was to me. "Thank God for the preacher."

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