Friday, November 23, 2007

Why I am Crabby and Stressed-Out

... a short post which may be lengthened a little later.

Our seminary intern quit. I found out when I got back from New York.

I knew he had a couple of problems when I left, but I assumed that he would take a little break and be back. But he needs a big break. He won't be back.

I hope he will become a pastor. He has many gifts for ministry. I feel bad for him. I hope you will keep him in your prayers. But (and I hate to say this, but I will) I feel bad for us, too.

This church has had an internship program for a number of years. That means, that there are a number of things that have begun to fall to the intern regularly, both as a matter of his or her training, and also for the working of the congregation.

The most immediate thing I thought of is our Wednesday Advent Service. Our intern is responsible for creating and leading 3 evening services during Advent. Now, the Senior Pastor and I are responsible for them.

That's just the beginning, though. That's just the first thing I thought of.

I'm trying hard not to think of the other things -- yet.

21 comments:

Jan said...

I'm sorry.

more cows than people said...

big bummer... and yes, a cause for crabbiness and stress. sigh. sorry to hear it. (((diane)))

mompriest said...

Oh gosh...so sorry...

Cathy said...

I am sorry also, at a most difficult time of year.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh eeek! not a good time for that... will keep you in prayer.

David said...

Sorry to hear this news. Prayers for you and the senior pastor as you work all of this into your schedules.

Presbyterian Gal said...

It's yucky. This is true. But maybe, just maybe there's an even better idea that God has for the intern and your church. Just sayin......

Diane said...

oh, absolutely, PG, I know this...is ultimately true, but just hard to deal with the "mean time".

Douglas said...

Praying for comfort for you and direction for the intern...

On an unrelated note, I'm glad you stop by and visit. Just because I haven't responded to your comments doesn't mean I don't notice and appreciate them.

Wyldth1ng said...

I hope the best.

Singing Owl said...

Oh, PHOOEY!

Just stopped...to pray for him, and your congregation.

lj said...

Oh, big bummer. And sorry about coming home to a sick Scout, too. Glad you have your things to be thankful for. Hope they can tide you over.

Barbara B. said...

(((diane)))

Diane said...

doug, thanks for stopping by. You don't need to respond to my comments, but I do like to find a new word or idea from you sometimes! I'm glad I found you!

FranIAm said...

Wow, I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers for him but for you too... and for your church.

If this sounds totally like I am an a** and a jerk, please forgive me, but I am struck by how painful (I am told) childbirth is. Whenever something horrible is happening, I try to turn my own mind to this thought..."What is trying to be born?

A more provocative thought than ever as we approach Advent.

Peace to you Diane and prayers for all.

Diane said...

fran, as I struggle with part 2 of a Christ the King sermon, that's part of my thought, too.

Rowan The Dog said...

Sorry about this... But, I am kind of with PG. I think you may have a little Advent genius that's wanting to get out.

Gartenfische said...

Oh--I'm sorry, Diane.

Prayers for a not-too-painful birthing.

Cecilia said...

(((Diane)))

Kievas said...

Sorry to hear this...I hope the coming week brings good news.

CJWille said...

In having faced depression myself for 20 years, I can only add the intern to my prayer list for his health and well being.

Then ask you "what can I do to help?"