Psalm 122: 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
The expression “glorious burden” describes the privilege that those in places of authority have to seek the good of those under their care.
Pastors have this as they shepherd and preach to their people.
Parents have this as they raise and teach their children.
Teachers have this. Politicians have this.
Essentially, all who have the privilege to care have this.
In reading David’s prayer in Psalm 122, you see a clear love for His people. He wanted their security. He wanted their peace. He wanted families to be safe. He wanted the prosperity of all of the people of God.
Today, each and every one of us bear this same glorious burden. It is neglected at times as we seek our good above others under our care, but we must always right ourselves to the heart of Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1b And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Our perseverance in loving and caring for others comes from Jesus’ love and care to joyfully endure the cross for our sake. So then…
Pastors, pray for the ongoing needs of your people asking God for mercy at every turn.
Parents, pray for the safety and godliness of your children in a world where both are rare.
Spouses, pray for each other as the road of lifeline companionship is fraught with obstacles.
Business Owners, pray for your employees to serve with dignity in an environment that you have created that enables it.
Teachers, pray for learning and appreciation in what you teach.
Children, pray for you parents and their perseverance in the long road of caring for you.
Pray for all who you love and even your enemies that they may be blessed.
Commemorative Two-in-One Hardback Editon of “I am my father’s son” and “Bedside” entitled “I am Bedside” Available Now
Last night, as Amy was settled in and as I was comfortably asleep, my oldest daughter, Meredith, gently walked into our bedroom with tears in her eyes. She had just finished reading my edit copy of, “I am Bedside”. This is a hardback combination edition of the book I wrote for my father, “I am my father’s son” and the book I wrote for my mother, “Bedside: A Memoir of Care”.
She approached our bed gingerly (as I don’t wake up gingerly), crawled in like she used to do when she was little, and snuggled. She told me she loved the book, she missed her grandparents, and that she loved me and Amy. Then she went to bed.
That was all the affirmation I needed. I wrote each of the books for my parents as an opportunity for me to celebrate and remember who they were, but I also wrote them to remind my children and others of Thom and Ann Duncan so that their memory will never be lost.
I’m excited that Gospel Rich Books is releasing this commemorative hardback edition of both books in one entitled “I am Bedside”. This will be a limited run of 250 copies and available for a limited time.
Thanks to all who loved Sam and Ann. Thanks to all who have purchased these books. Thanks to everyone who loved them as much as I did and still do.
You can purchase copies here, and please leave a note to let me know if you enjoy it.
The beginning of the year marked a downturn in Amy’s health. Her fatigue and fatigue-related issues often kept her in bed, and we needed help with everything from meals to childcare. At the depths of Amy’s health, SK was delivering up to 4 meals a day and offering childcare relief so that I could still get out and meet with folks. The amazing thing is that as things improved, SK still served us. To this day, our “Meal Fairy” delivers us at least one meal a week, and those meals are always excellent. Each and every person who has served us has done so joyfully, and they have done it as we try to teach our children to serve: with a “happy heart.”
This alone makes Sovereign King Church rare. They don’t expect the pastor and wife to be indestructible super human machines of virtue and health. They also are willing to serve the needy. Both of these are hallmarks of a Godly church.
But now they have gone and outdone themselves.
Two weeks ago, one our CE Groups began organizing (without our knowledge) a getaway for Amy and me. Once the details came to us, the entire church coordinated a beach getaway for the two of us (with childcare) so Amy and I could get some rest and face time. When the time came to get away, they even gave us spending money.
The folks at SK are incredible. They love and serve us, each other, and the community. They don’t do it slavishly to the vision of the church but enthusiastically with a desire to serve Christ.
I truly am blessed to be their pastor, we are truly blessed to a part of the SK community, and Garner and the surrounding areas are blessed because of their service.
This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.