In response to our request for essays on risk, we received many compelling reflections. Here is a selection.
"Sam!" she says. She's greeting me as if I changed her life. Unfortunately, I haven't a clue who she is.
We all live with many callings in life, and the greatest is not to be a pastor—much less to be in the right job at a particular congregation.
Larry wondered what Stan wanted to see him about. Stan was not the sort of parishioner who often asked for counsel or help with a problem.
I have pastored the same church for 18 years. That's not exactly a towering pinnacle, but it does provide some interesting views.
Around 3:30, an SUV bearing the local TV station's logo pulled up. Thomas wondered how they knew about the service project.
I am cherished, and called by the Shepherd to serve the flock. But I can save no one.
I'm not indispensable. I knew the church would be fine for the weeks I was away. It's just that I missed them.
A pastor 30 years older than I was interviewing me for my first parish assignment. His final question unsettled me.