Monday morning blues…

Why is it so hard to adjust to your real life when you have just completed a dream trip?

I have arrived home on Thursday, and went to both the worship services of our church on Sunday. This morning my “normal” life has started up again in racing mode…

My morning started with a visit to our local Department of Home Affairs- I had to register a wedding I have officiated in a while back. In South Africa this is a wonderful part of a pastors life- and a bad one! I love meeting young couples who are in love. I love having a few sessions with them, talking about your family of origin, drawing a geneagram to understand where they come from. I love talking about communication skills and conflict handling (although my wife would say I am far from an expert in dealing with those issues in my own marriage…) I love hearing about their dreams and expectations, building a relationship with them. And the day of the wedding- that is one of the most wonderful parts of being a pastor, sharing in one of life’s great moments…

But then afterwards- all the paperwork! The ID documents of bride and groom. The ID documents of both the signing witnesses. My ID document- all copies certified. The certificate of divorce/ death where it is not a first marriage. The Marriage Registration form. The form stating there is a marriage contract in place.  All these paperwork, and then I have to go stand in the long rows of people waiting to be served at a state department, who excells in doing nothing very slowly, driven by barrels of Kentucky Fried Chicken…  It is a true nightmare- and the new marriage Registration forms also requires ID photos and fingerprints of bride and groom…

Afterwards I had a very good piece of quiet time. I have this Bible Study group of about 50 people, each Tuesday Morning in our Church hall. We are slowly working through the Gospel of John, and we are doing the prayer of Jesus in John 17 tomorrow. It was a good part of this morning, just sitting behind my desk and exploring in the Word of God.

Then I had to go and visit some sick people.  Each visit just brings home the message how blessed I am to be healthy. It is also a strange satisfaction we experience as pastors to be there for people in need, to help carry their burdens for just a little while, and praying for healing, hope and strenghth in their situation.

I also had to work through some forms of our General Synod, who in its wisdom thought up the idea of a central Board who decides if and when we are fit to serve as pastors. They are also quite helpful to get rid of pastors in some congregations when they deem you unfit for ministry.   I had to make sure my details are in order. And I have to pay a yearly professional fee to be a pastor in our church.  I am feeling rebellious in my heart about this-  I feel that this is exactly what is wrong with the traditional church, and why we as a church are in decline…   My old struggle to compare today’s Organisation with the Body model of the Bible, and the Church as a Relationship network or Organism.  It is with a heavy heart that I will have to scrape together the substantial “professional fee”-  the way I see it, it is like the family of the condemned paying for the hangman’s rope…

I also had a visit from the neighbouring church’s pastor this morning, just wanting to hear about my trip to Cape Town.

And I just received an urgent prayer request from some missionary friends in the Ukraine- they have a much more difficult ministry than mine…

It was quite a lot I had to work through in just the first 5 hours of this working week. And there is still another 5 hours of work ahead on my calender for the rest of today. I am already feeling exhausted, and in need of a walk on the beach. The only problem is; the nearest beach is 800 km (500 miles) away…

Photo: http://projecttgm.com/2013/01/give-your-pastor-a-break/

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