“I gather you guys haven’t had a decent meal in awhile so you’re in for a treat. I bought some burgers yesterday and I’m ready to get the old charcoal barbeque going,” said Aunt Meg. As Meg made the necessary preparations for lunch John, Stephanie and Ryan had a chance to unwind from their trip.
“The scenery is beautiful out here isn’t it Steph?” asked Ryan.
“Yeah, I love Aunt Meg’s cottage and living out in the woods,” replied Stephanie.
“If Grandpa wasn’t so sick we could have a really great vacation out here, “said Ryan.
“Oh, I think we still will,” said their father. “Grandpa’s a pretty tough old bird and he has a lot of people praying for him. I think he’ll pull through and having you guys here will really boost his spirits. I believe God still has plans for the old man,”
“ Do you still believe in God, Dad?” asked Stephanie.
“Yes, I do even though I’ve shown you guys little evidence of it.”
“Mom told us that you were a pastor of a small church when she first met you,” said Ryan.
“In a manner of speaking, yes,” replied John. The regular pastor at our church was in his seventies and was starting to lose his stamina. He wanted to retire and there was about a nine month gap before we found a permanent replacement for him. As I had attended a couple of years at Bible college, the elders of the church asked me to be the interim pastor.”
“How did you like being a pastor, Dad?” asked Ryan.
“I enjoyed it but I knew I was only holding the fort until the church found a permanent replacement. I was just a young man at the time and the congregation didn’t put too much pressure on me. If they were having serious issues they usually went to one of the elders for support.”
“So why didn’t you finish Bible College so that you could become a full time pastor?” asked Stephanie.
“The ministry is a calling, dear and I didn’t get the call,” answered John. “Also I wanted to have a family one day and being a preacher’s kid can be awful hard on the children.”
“So you sort of protected us from having to live in a glass fish bowl,” said Ryan.
“Yes, but I was protecting myself also. I didn’t think I had the self -discipline to live a good Christian life and would probably fail as a minister.”