Thursday, July 06, 2006

I Want to be a Preacher, Too

Tonight, I have told my 3 year old son that I will not be going to church with him on Sunday. Daddy will have to take him. I am going to another church to preach for a pastor who is on vacation. The last time I preached it was November 2004, and it was for my church; so my son doesn’t quite realize that I will be working on Sunday.

My son has always asked me where people worked. He will go through the whole family, and I will tell them the name of the company where said family member works. When he asks where mama works, I tell him “home.” So now he is confused by this new work I will be doing this weekend.

I also said the words aloud to him—I am a preacher. My son looked at me. He didn’t get confused, but he didn’t say anything. I told him that boys and girls can be preachers when they grow up. He understands what a preacher is because of his church experience. Suddenly, he knows that mommy may have another role in life. I told him that I went to school to learn to be a preacher. I hope he knows I can be a mommy, too. He doesn’t say much about this new role. I think he is trying to understand how it affects him.

After about five minutes, my son says, “I want to be a preacher, too.”


Musings said...

How was the preaching experience? I hope it was an empowering one and that other opportunities come your way soon!

A. Lin said...

The preaching experience went really well. I was not a bit nervous once I started--a first for me.

My son asked me about the passage I preached from. I had to tell him the story before bed in place as his bible story that I usually tell him.

April said...

Hi. I just found your blog through the revgal ring. I'm the Disciples of Christ pastor of a small church in northwestern Illinois and a mother to an 18 month old and one due in February. I've really enjoyed perusing your blog. Much of it resonates with present and past experiences. Thanks so much.