One of the things I love about living in Oklahoma is that we, for the most part, get to experience four distinct seasons. I will admit that Winter has been sort of "light" for the past couple of years; still you can tell that it's not Summer, Fall, or Spring. With each new season, activities change; so do the scenes of nature that surround us. It is a reminder that life is ever changing and that each season of life is a opportunity to know God, our self, and others in new and deeper ways...
October is Clergy Appreciation month and I write this post simply to encourage everyone to share a word of appreciation with their pastor, priest, bishop, rabbi, or spiritual guide. Now I make this request with reluctance because I am a pastor who is presently in my 44th year of pastoral ministry and I don't want to give the impression that I am simply seeking "pats on the back" for my years of service. To the contrary, I am very blessed in that I receive wonderful (and ongoing) words of appreciation from the members of the congregation I serve. However, I recently had an "eye opening' conversation with a number of clergy that prompted me to encourage others not to let Clergy Appreciation Month go uncelebrated....
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.