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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Sower and Shepherd
By Verna Cole Mitchell


There at the pulpit he is found,
The sower of the seed,
To bring the Word of God to You,
The messages you need.

You cannot know the time he’s spent
To study for this hour,
His labor with his sermon plan
To bring Good News with power.

You cannot count the many hours
Upon his knees in prayer
He asked God’s blessing on the words
He’d striven to prepare.

You cannot suffer in his pain,
The anguish in His soul,
The burden for his people’s hearts,
That all would be made whole.

You cannot bear the cross he bears;
He carries it alone.
‘Twas one designed for him by God
To be his very own.

You cannot see into his heart
The worries that are there,
Concerns that he’ll the shepherd be
For all those in his care.

You cannot measure any way
His depth of Christian love.
Compassion like his is a gift
That comes from God above.

You cannot sense how tired he is
From work he has to do,
The visits, meetings, all the plans
He has to carry through.

You cannot comprehend his fear
His service criticized
Will bring dishonor on God’s name
And make His cause despised.

You cannot fully feel his joy
At working for the Lord,
But God who’s watching everything
Has planned for his reward.

Yet you can lift him up in prayer,
Be his encouragement,
Receive the messages he brings
As words from heaven sent.

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Laury Hubrich 11/23/07
This is a very good reminder of all that our ministers do each and every day. Thank you so much for sharing!
Joanne Sher 11/26/07
I love this. I can feel your passion for the pastor, expressed beautifully in this piece. The last stanza is perfect. Wonderful.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/26/07
I hope that you share this with your pastor. It would be such an encouragement. You have done an excellent job of detailing the daily struggles and strains many pastors face.
Dee Yoder 11/27/07
Beautiful tribute to the hard-working, loving pastor. I've known a few of these shepherds, too! Every good pastor needs to read these words.
Jan Ackerson 11/27/07
This one should make the rounds every October (Pastor Appreciation Month). Excellent!
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Beautifully written. Your rhyme and meter are very good. What a tribute!!
william price11/27/07
I sincerely enjoyed this, Verna. An outstanding tribute. I love your heart when you write; extremely honest, bashful, but courageous to speak for the Lord. God bless.
Yvonne Blake 11/28/07
A pastor's job is definitely much more than people see. My father was a pastor, and I saw behind the scenes. We need to pray for them.
Temple Miller11/28/07
Beautiful craftmanship, and as a PK, I greatly appreciated the beautiful verses.
Sara Harricharan 11/28/07
I like the third and fourth verses the best. It makes our pastors seem real and more than just 'other people'. Good job!
Betty Castleberry11/28/07
I know you wrote this from a special place in your heart. It's really lovely, and conveys your compassion for the pastor well. I love the ending. Well done.
Deborah Engle 11/28/07
Well done.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
I love your poem and how well it describes the heart of our ministers. This was just wonderful.
Karen Wilber11/28/07
I like how you addressed so many different emotions - joy, fear, love. Pastors have such responsibility.
LauraLee Shaw11/28/07
I love the emotion you wrote with. Truly made me examine how I think and speak about my pastor (and other leaders in the church). Incredible.
Mariane Holbrook 11/29/07
Oh, if I could put this in the hands of every congregation so they would know the heart of the man they've chosen to lead them. The pastor carries a heavy burden and because of the confidentiality involved,in many cases he's called on to carry it alone. This is a lovely piece, Verna, and I pray many pastors find comfort in it.