October is Clergy Appreciate Month. Today I take time to appreciate our women’s pastor.
I grew up in small churches. I knew every attendant. I knew where every door led and where the brooms were stored and what made the pastors tick. To us moving to Kings Harbor Church was like moving from Small Town to New York City! I no longer knew the pastor’s wife by name. I seriously had dreams of crowds of people heading to the sanctuary via escalators and halls and halls for doors leading to unknown locations.
One summer morning, after being at KHC for about six months or a year, I was dropping off Kaeley to KHC’s cowboy themed Vacation Bible School. As the short-one and I traveled down the sidewalk that borders the church building I passed person after person and child after child and haystack after haystack. Then Suzie Lind, decked out in jeans and plaid shirt with straw hat to boot, approached. She looked me in my eyes and said, “Hi, Janna.”
That was all.
She passed like all the others. But she had seen me and called me by name. Though I calmly smiled and nodded my head in return, I was jumping inside my skin thinking that someone in this seemingly vast church knew my name.
I appreciate Suzie.
I appreciate her desire to draw women of all life-stages and ages into ministry with one another. I appreciate the consideration she takes to think through every Bible study offered to the women of the church, even down to the names of the study, and how the women will be blessed.
I love that I see her listening to women more than I see her talking.
I asked other KHC women what they most appreciated about our fearless leader and here are some of their answers:
-Her laugh makes me laugh.
-She has a cute style. (This seems to have been most women’s immediate response.)
-She’s very relatable. I feel I could be her friend and I could approach her.
-She once asked me how I was. I didn’t mean to, but I ended up spilling out all my current worries and anxieties. She listened and actually followed up later by asking me, “How are you doing?” and I knew she really wanted to know.
What do you appreciate about our fearless leader?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17