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I continue to reflect upon and be inspired by an article by Parker Palmer about heartbreak and standing in the tragic gap. Though he wrote the article in 2008 as a continued reflection on the tragedy of planes plunging into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, it is still relevant today. It was then that the culture and community of our nation significantly shifted. We are still shifting and trying to find a balance.
Have you ever thought something like this, “there’s just something special about that person?” You came into their presence, or observed what they were doing and found yourself inspired? Who was that person? What did you admire about her/him?
I was pastoring in Sierra Vista when I heard he committed suicide. Rev. Larry DeLong started pastoring the Presbyterian church in Green Valley five months before I started pastoring the United Methodist church in neighboring Sahuarita in 2009. Two Sundays ago, I heard Valley Presbyterian Church has a new permanent senior pastor for the first time since Rev. DeLong. It is hard on a church to have their pastor die. I can only imagine how hard it is on a church when their pastor commits suicide. Did you know pastors can get depressed?