Dear Person Whose Children Have Moved Away From Home Years Ago,
You know who you are. You go to my church. I’m the children’s pastor, remember me? You are the person that always tells me that if I ever need help on a temporary basis, or if I ever need a substitute that you will be more than glad to step in and help. You never sign up for special events, because you want a personal invite. You’ve broadcast that you once ran a Vacation Bible School in 1983, and it was talked about all over town. You’ve worked in the children’s areas in the past, but since your kids all grew up you have stepped away. You’re never short of opinions, no matter how invaluable they may be. Yes, I’m talking to you.
Now that we’ve confirmed your identity, let’s get something straight.
When you tell me that you’ll help me in a pinch, please help me. I’ve asked you 4 separate times to fill in, but you’re never feeling ‘up to it.’ Please stop waiting for a personal invite to assist me with a special event; in fact consider this your longstanding personal invite. I’m so glad that you experienced success at your previous VBS, but that doesn’t mean we have to use Elmer’s glue and craft sticks at this VBS. I really wish you would consider giving yourself to the parents of today and to their children. I know that your kids are out of the house, but your responsibility to the next generation isn’t over yet. And finally, I mean this in all sincerity… your opinion is only as valuable as your willingness to help. I’m NOT short on opinions, I’m short on those that will work along side me.
Please know that I love you, and think that all the work you’ve done in the past is infinitely valuable to the kingdom. I’d just like you to rejoin the team!
Your Friendly Neighborhood Children’s Pastor