Saturday Prayer for Interims and Their Families
By Rev. Alan Mead
It is Saturday and I have been holding those who do transition ministry, and their families, in my prayers.
It is cold today, and a strong wind, coming in off the sea, has begun to shift to the northwest. The sky is clear blue without a hint of cloud. As the bracing wind numbs my face, I look out across the bay, noticing the whitecaps and a solitary, cargo laden ship heading from the port out to sea. From here it looks unaffected by the wind and waves. It simply plunges along on course to some unknown port, where it will unload it’s cargo and begin again.
It is more difficult to maintain course in high wind and following sea. As with an airplane it is necessary to steer in a direction that looks wrong; but that keeps the vessel moving in the desired direction. Doing so well takes training and practice. It is so also with interim ministry.
O God, be a strengthening presence and source of hope and joy to all who labor in your vineyard, especially this day for those who serve as interims.