Greetings to you and yours on this first week of June. Lee Harder, senior pastor at the Red Roof Church here in Bulverde, Texas, wishing you the joy of our Lord’s loving presence each and every day. If you’re searching for a spiritual home WHERE GOD’S WORD IS HEARD, then look no further. St. Paul, the Red Roof Church, is the place you seek. We worship every week in both traditional (8:30 AM) and contemporary (10:45 AM) styles with Holy Communion celebrated at all services. We would love to have you check us out this Sunday or visit our web site at redroofchurch.org
Well, Karen is back this May 31st, much to the relief of some here at church who have been keeping me together in her absence. (She owes Sherry big time, not that I was that bad, just a little down.) It seemed like forever that she was gone. A week can seem that long, really. I know one reason why, besides just missing her being there. I can sum it up in these words: I have seen her job and I don’t want it.
When we were younger in Minnesota, besides working outside the home for the local newspaper after the kids got older, she took care of us. Three kids, one husband and a large dog were cared for and nurtured all the time. She made a warm, clean, loving home for us. That means all the regular households chores, duties and responsibilities that come with being a mother and a wife with never a complaint — well at least no complaint that weren’t deserved. In addition, she was a pastor’s wife and I won’t even begin to explain all that title entails.
Now that the kids are all grown up with families of their own, Karen no longer works outside the home at a paying job, but she is still very much working, inside the home and out. Since she is still the pastor’s wife, none of those involvements have diminished. If anything, here in Texas they have multiplied as she is very much involved in the life of the congregation and in demand. After all, the congregation fell in love with Karen and allowed me to come along with her.
I repeat, after taking care of two large, demanding, spoiled Golden Retrievers who think they are in charge and probably are to a large degree, and the birds and trying to keep the house relatively clean — I’ve seen her job (and no where near did I come close to doing it all) and I don’t want it.
I write this as Father’s Day draws near with a reminder to all men, husbands and fathers. If you are blessed with a wife who is worthy of praise, then make sure you praise her, love her, respect her, and help her. As it says in Proverbs 31:10-12 — A truly good wife is the most precious treasure a man can find! Her husband depends on her, and she never lets him down. She is good to him every day of her life. She is too valuable a treasure to lose and do without. I know, I can’t do without Karen. If you doubt me, have your wife be gone for a week and see how you feel doing some of her job as well as your own?
Welcome home, Honey. We missed you — a lot.
And those are my thoughts.
Pastor Lee R. Harder