This week we continue on with the Christmas theme. There are always unexpected, as well as expected, expenses during the holiday season. The pastor’s wife is quite familiar with this phenomenon. She is often expected to host a Christmas party for the church staff in her home. She is usually invited to various teas (many with $10 gift exchanges) and cookie exchanges. Also, she may have invited lonely church members into her home for Christmas dinner (or she may be surprised when guests show up at the door that her husband invited but failed to mention – not that I have any personal experience with that). Grocery store gift cards are a double blessing during the holidays.
One year, when times were very lean, I was sad because our children would have very few gifts under the tree. My husband and I were never extravagant, but just opening the requisite new Christmas PJ’s and a pack of socks and underwear that the kids desperately needed would make for a bleak Christmas morning in our household. Lo and behold a wonderful couple in our church pressed an envelope into my hand one Sunday morning about a week before Christmas. They decided to forego buying gifts for one another and instead give the money to us to use toward our own Christmas purchases. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the gift. God saw our need (yes I know that our children were incredibly blessed already compared to 90% of the world’s children, but come on – they’re kids with childish reasoning, not mini adults) and used this amazing couple (who are still very much a part of our lives 20 years after the fact) to meet that need. I will never forget how grateful I felt to them and to our Heavenly Father.
Grocery store, department store, Target, Walmart, and other store gift cards are a HUGE BLESSING to the pastor and his family during the holidays or anytime of the year.
**We recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry. We try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun. The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse. We hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.