Thursday, March 24, 2011

Confessions of a Pastor's Wife

 This post has been linked to the GRAND Social linky.

As most of you know, my husband is a Lutheran Pastor.  Last night we were at our Lenten Service.  Lent is rather a somber season during the church year.  It's the time we ponder and thoughtfully consider the time leading up to Jesus' death.  We learn more deeply about what he had to go through. 

Mike was preaching about how Jesus called out to God during the distress he endured on the cross.  Mike then spoke of how WE need to call out to God in our distress, not worrying about how to tell God our problems but to just call out to him.  He repeated, "Just call."  As he finished that brief sentence someone's cell phone went off.  The owner of the phone was seated near the back and I don't think Mike even heard it.  But I did, and I snort-laughed.  I'm sorry but it was funny!  I quickly subdued myself, realizing snort-laughing may not be considered proper Pastor Wife behavior.  I've yet to find the Pastor Wife Etiquette Book but I'm pretty sure snort-laughing would be a no-no.

So, I started thinking about other behavior lapses I've committed in church.  Even before Mike was a pastor, early in our marriage, I led him down the road of inappropriate church behavior.  We were sharing a hymnal while singing hymns.  I love to sing and was doing so with enthusiasm.  About the middle of the song Mike had to elbow me as I was singing the wrong verse, loudly.  When I finally realized why he was being so rude to me, I said, "Oh!" still a bit too loud!  THEN it happened.  We both went over-the-edge as we call it.  We started laughing with no control!  I'm talking the silly laughing where you have to cover your face because you are rendered unable to swallow and drooling is a likely possibility.  It's awful and wonderful at the same time.

Now I sing on the Worship Team at our current church.  My place is in the back row.  A few years ago the back row was all men except for me and Kylie.  On a particular song Kylie was telling me that during a part of that song, where the parts separate, she and I were to sing with the men on their part.  The way she said it was, "We'll be men on this song."  It struck my silly side.  Without thinking I imitated a woman in a current commercial who was herself imitating men.  I stuck out my finger and in my best dopey male voice said, "Hey Dude, pull my finger."  I said it a bit too loud and Kylie wasn't the only one who heard me.  I've been known as "Bubba" ever since!


Maria Rose said...

I've gone over the edge in church many times!

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Kate Ware said...

Oh, Sue, too funny!! LOVE the snort-laugh, though I bet whoever's phone it was was really embarrassed! And I'll take a Pastor's wife with a sense of humor any day over a dour one! The pastor's wife when we first moved here always looked like she'd been sucking on a lemon (very nice lady, just didn't approve of her husbands quirky sense of humor -- especially when it was behind the pulpit!) We loved it. And Bubba, huh? :) I'll have to remember that!

Anonymous said...

I am sure there are more "confessions" that you haven't shared. I can't wait to read them.... Bubba.

Grumpy Old Woman said...

Oh, you make me laugh. What fun. Tell some more.

Vicki Valenta said...

I would have made a horrible pastor's wife. I often have moments of silliness in church. I've always thought that people take church too seriously. It should be fun. As a convert to Catholicism, I think most Catholics take their faith/religion entirely to seriously. Giggles and snorts should happen more often.

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

I would love to hear the wife of my (LCMS!) pastor giggle snort. She likely may have, as she reminds me much of how you seem to be. I bet you two would make good friends. I'm thrilled you're one of MY new friends and I look forward to getting to know you better, Bubba! Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social!

debra said...

Ha ha ha loved this funny post!

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