The last “old post” reminded me of this post, which I shared with fellow pastors on Sept. 15, 2020.  The response from the pastors was notable.  The pain was shared.  The contents were a mystery to no one.

 

The Reverend passed away quietly in her church on the evening of September 15, 2020, following a board meeting, surrounded by her church family, who loved her dearly.
 
The Reverend dedicated her life to serving others in service to God. She diligently studied scripture and preached messages that called people to live holy lives filled with forgiveness, mercy, love and grace. She called her church to repent of anything that did not reflect the love of Christ, and to pursue a holy life. She modeled these very qualities in her own life.
 
Although the work of a pastor is difficult, the Reverend made it look easy. When asked how she dealt with the hurt she endured at the hands of the church that she loved, she said, “I think of it as a paper cut. It stings, but it’s only a minor injury.”
 
However, following the board meeting on the evening of September 15, 2020, it was revealed that the Reverend had been hiding the extent of her injuries. After enduring another hurtful encounter with an upset board member, the Reverend collapsed at the doors of the church, quickly bleeding out from the hundreds of unhealed paper cuts hidden beneath her vestments.
 
Although we await confirmation from an autopsy, the initial cause of death has been categorized as death by paper cuts, inflicted upon her from her loving church family. No charges are being filed, and no responsibility is being taken at this time. The search for a thicker skinned pastor will begin this week.
 
If you would like to honor the late Reverend, in lieu of flowers, you may send generic platitudes to the Church of the Nazarene.

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