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We were quite a pair.
At my last church, there were five of us on staff, two full-time
people, me and the secretary and three part-time ministers. One of
the part-time pastors was Dr. McGuffin, a semi-retired pastor who'd spent
the bulk of his ministry pastoring in New Mexico and California.
He did some of the preaching and most of the ministry with the Senior
Adults in the church. But his greatest contribution was the almost
weekly trips he and I would take together to the Pecos River to hunt for
‘bows. To this day I miss fishing for rainbow trout in New
Mexico. I still read the fishing reports for the area on the Internet
several times a year.
Because we both loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing dominos,
we spent a good bit of time together. One afternoon we decided to
go to a drive-through burger stand for lunch. At the time, I hated
drive-through windows because it was after I lost my voice to thyroid cancer,
but before God restored it through the work of an innovative surgeon.
I couldn't speak loud enough to order, but Mac said he'd do the ordering
if we'd go. Good plan, I thought, until we got there.
You see Mac's hearing was about as good as my speaking was at
the time. Because he could see my lips when I spoke, he could still
understand me, but he could’nt read the lips of the person taking our order.
The person taking our order couldn't hear me talk to Mac and grew a bit
impatient with our delays in answering him and several times interrupted
me while I was talking to Mac. It was clumsy, but together we were
able to place the order.
I was his ears. He was my voice. As I said, we were
quite a pair.
In the body of Christ, we need both ears and voices. There
needs to be those who are hearing what God is saying to His church and
those who will speak God's message to the world. It may be the same
person. Or it may not. But working together, we can get the
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