Tuesday, February 16, 2010


by Scott Dalen

Have you ever noticed that being in ministry can often times put a bit of a damper on family celebrations of holidays?

I've noticed that lately. Valentine's day over the weekend. Ah Valentine's day...a Hallmark holiday if ever there was one. But my wife like's it and rightly so...it's a time aimed at reminding those that we love that we love them. Good chicken...or at least tolerable chicken.

The point of this little foray is to talk about the fact that we ended up celebrating...very low key...on Friday night. Normally we would have tried to celebrate on Saturday night, but this was not meant to be. My wife had to be at church to help host a Valentine's dinner along with her high school youth group.

This is not the first time this has happened. Another example...Easter. This one is certainly a tough one. Because what does every youth group do every single Easter? Easter breakfast. Therefore, we don't really sit together during Sunrise service. Although a year ago, I was just as strongly to blame on this one. My monthly preaching gig at the small country church happened to fall on Easter Sunday. So while she was serving up Easter breakfast, I was doling out an Easter morning sermon.

These are just a few examples. Imagine what it's going to be like when I'm ordained. Hopefully we end up living close to family, because we'll never be able to get away for the holiday.


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