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The Gift

This pastor appreciation poem is based on Ephesians 4:8-13 which reads, "When Jesus ascended to
the heights, he led a parade of captives and gave gifts to his people...He is the one who gave these
gifts to the church: pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work
and build up the church, the body of Christ..."

When Jesus celebrated his victory over sin and death,


He chose to send gifts to those he set free.

He could have, of course, chosen to give us anything:Knowledge, spiritual growth, protection from the
Evil One, or even comfort during trials.

In the end, though, when Jesus celebrated his victory over sin and death,
He chose to give us all these things because, Pastor,
He chose to give us, you.

Our Pastor
This pastor appreciation poem reminds us of the importance of pastors in our lives and of how we
should respond.

Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,


And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?

Have you ever told him thank you,


For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?

He answers our calls in the middle of the night


And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.

Have you ever thought to say thank you Pastor,


For preaching God's word to help us understand,
For all the times he has asked for things
That will lend us a helping hand?

When you pray, put him at the top of the list


And ask the Lord to surround him with loving care,
To give him strength and walk with him,
To help him with the burdens that he must bear.

Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,


And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?

A Pastor Appreciation Poem by Judy Crowe


A Pastor's Heart
This pastor appreciation poem was written by the author for her pastor's ordination. The word
"pastor" is used as an acronym.

A pastor’s heart is Protective


and guards his flock from Satan’s snares.

A pastor’s heart is Attentive


and seeks to know his people’s cares.

A pastor’s heart is Sacrificial


and for his sheep will give its all.

A pastor’s heart is Tender


and listens to the Spirit’s call.

A pastor’s heart is Obedient


and heeds the Master’s commands.

A pastor’s heart is Reflective


and considers he is but a man.

Deanna Malawy
Okawville, Illinois, USA