Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I am feeling sheep doggish
Sunday was Good Shepherd day, and I preached using both Psalm 23 and John 10. It went well in the first church, they liked it. And it was going well in the second church until I started talking about Jesus is the Good Shepherd and that I as their Pastor am the assistant to the Shepherd. Suddenly in my mind came the picture of a sheep dog herding the sheep, and without thinking out of my mind came the words "that we pastors were really the sheepdog". Well the whole place cracked up, I laid my head on the pulpit due to laughing so hard. Somebody said something about sheepdogs. I raised my head and said, "Now don't you tell the new Pastor I said we were dogs." I then went on to explain what I meant after I had gained my composure. I told about how sheepdogs work. I even told them about my friend Dorothy Ann who has a sheepdog, and that the sheepdog would herd the kids up and down the hall, and that it would even herd her. I was somewhat embarrassed afterwards. Several people left the church telling me they were going to get me a sheepdog to herd my kids with. (I think I could use one.)
I have always had a tendancy to stick my foot in my mouth, I even have a tendancy to mix words up and make new ones. But I don't like lossing my composure in the pulpit, and nor do I think it is a place of cracking jokes, I do think of it as sacred. Ya'll think it will be okay? I think they forgave me and even got it.