Treasure Island

Loyd C. Taylor


The Pastor's Wife


She serves in a position she had not sought for in her life
She simply fell in love with a man called into ministry,
You may know her; she’s the pastor’s wife.

She accepted her role to live for Jesus and share the Gospel light.
She just wanted to make God and her husband proud,
Just happy to be the pastor’s wife.

She started on her journey, her expectations soaring high.
She gave her heart and soul to the task,
For she’s the pastor’s wife.

She was expected to be a certain kind of woman adjusting to church life.
She was not there to receive, but to serve;
After all, she’s the pastor’s wife.

She was to be seen as a Godly lady free from bitterness and strife.
She was to always have a gentle and sweet countenance,
Because she’s the pastor’s wife.

She was to be a gracious hostess anytime someone dropped by,
No matter the day of the week or how late into the night -
For she's the pastor’s wife.

She was to be the perfect mom and her children were to always play nice.
She was to never to raise her voice but discipline them perfectly,
Because she’s the pastor’s wife.

She was not to have any personal struggles or down times in life.
She was to always be on top of the world,
For she is the pastor’s wife.

But, she has been down and lonely, more times than we realize.
For she is a woman first of all,
And then she’s the pastor’s wife

She has struggled on a pastor’s salary just trying to survive,
While she watched others enjoy trips and luxury holidays-
Not common for a pastor’s wife

She has been humbled, and very grateful, many times throughout her life
For the grace God gave and the prayers that have been prayed
To encourage this pastor’s wife.

She longed for just one true friend, her battles to help her fight-
Only to later be burned by people who turned their backs on the pastor’s wife.
She yearned for her own identity, and Christian friends to share her plight.

She wanted to be known for who she is, not just as the pastor’s wife.
She longed for simple conversations from the many in her life.
But they often only spoke to her to give a message to him -
For she was known as the pastor’s wife.

She may be hurting and discouraged or in need of hug that’s tight.
She gets tired and down just like everyone else,
So encourage the pastor’s wife.

She’s always there for all of you, so get to know her and treat her right.
Show her interest that’s true for she’s a person too-
This one called the pastor’s wife.

She has too often been neglected by the ones God put in her life.
So, let us find an occasion and show her appreciation
And honor the pastor’s wife.

Submitted: Monday, February 04, 2008
Edited: Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written to honor my wife on a special Pastor's wife appreciation day held in July 2007. I hope you enjoy it and will appreciate your pastor's wife for all she does. Thanks, Loyd

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  • Valsa George (9/9/2014 4:03:00 AM)

    More than being merely an account of the life of a pastor's wife, this poem deals with a psychological issue! We always expect a person with a certain title to behave in a set pattern.... We tend to forget that they are at the same time human beings with frailties and aspirations of ordinary human beings! The people in such positions therefore struggle hard to balance their personal inclinations and the expectations of people! Enjoyed this interesting account! (Report) Reply

  • Stephanie Cooper (5/21/2009 11:21:00 AM)

    I love your poem, I really do, but I'm not sure I totally agree with it...Sometimes being a pastor's wife really isn't something that they're trying to escape...it just seemed that that's what you were trying to portray...and i don't think a pastor's wife has to be perfect and hide her problems...the minute you marry a pastor or your husband becomes one does not make it so you can't have feelings anymore or have your own problems...i don't think that's it at all...sure it means that now you have new responsibilities, but not that what happens to you doesn't matter anymore....and pastor's wifes aren't always neglected...sure they give their time and their hearts, but it's not as if people don't notice...many times it makes people love them all the more...Being a pastor's wife shouldn't be a stereotype...each one is unique in her own special way
    ...i don't want to end on a negative note because this really is a nice poem, so thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • C.R. Clark (2/7/2008 2:54:00 PM)

    Amen, Amen. This is a very fine tribute to one who, very often, is neglected. I have known many and have many in my own family. They deserve the respect and admiration of all of us. Thanks for another superb read. (Report) Reply

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