I am not a pastor’s wife but I have a few close friends that are, as well as my sister. So through observing their lives, schedules and hearing their experiences I have come to the conclusion that they deserve a lot more praise and credit than they often get. I wanted to give a shout out and a big thank you for all the sacrifices they make and all the things they make possible that are never recognized or appreciated.
Thank you for making it to church each week, usually early, without your husband’s help with the kids (b/c he is already at church).
Thank you for making it through the 15 minute melt-down that inevitably happens to all of us as we try to get out the door and into the car to get to church, without help from your husband.
Thank you for making it into the church from the parking lot, especially on cold and rainy days, still smiling and greeting everyone that wants to say hi and comment on your children because you are the pastor’s wife, and checking the children into the nursery, without help from your husband.
Thank you for sitting by yourself at each service while you feel everyone watching your every move.
Thank you for smiling and focusing and being supportive through each message, despite the fact that you are trying not to critique and think of all the ways “supportive” church members may criticize and over analyze your husband’s message.
Thank you for rounding up the kids, taking them home and feeding them lunch, while most likely your husband greets and speaks with church members, puts out fires and then maybe, hopefully makes it home for you to heat up the lunch that you and the kids ate a long time before.
Thank you for all the late nights you waited up for your husband, all the times you tried not to roll your eyes when the phone rang again in the middle of dinner or date night and the many, many times you bit your tongue when well-meaning church members criticized your husband and the church in the name of their blessed opinion.
I really, very honestly am saying thank you. You are amazing and your husbands would not be what they are and the ministries they serve would not be as effective without you and all you sacrifice and do. YOU are my hero!