The Pastor's Wife
A Tribute to an Outstanding Woman
She serves in a lofty position not sought by her in life;
having fallen in love with a ministry man,
she became a pastor's wife.
She gave her life to Jesus, to share the Gospel Light,
to make both God and her husband proud-
happy being the pastor's wife.
She started on her journey, expectations soaring high,
to serve beside him with heart and soul,
for she is the pastor's wife.
She wished to be a servant on whom others could rely,
adjusting to expectations;
after all, she's the pastor's wife.
She longs to be free of anxiety, of bitterness, and strife,
to have a gentle countenance
and heart of a pastor's wife.
She's always a gracious hostess whenever folks drop by,
entertaining cheerfully, whether day or night-
a hospitable pastor's wife.
She's tried to be the perfect mom, with kids who had to play nice.
She nurtured them with tender love-
she's a mom and the pastor's wife.
She's not to show her struggles or down times in her life;
to appear to be always on top of the world,
like a pastor's loving wife.
There are times when she's been lonely; we need to realize,
that God made her first a woman
and then the pastor's wife.
She's lived on a meager salary, just trying to survive,
while others enjoyed lives of luxury -
so common for a pastor's wife.
She's been grateful for blessings that filled her daily life;
and for all the prayers that have been prayed
to encourage a pastor's wife.
She's longed for one true friend in battles she's had to fight,
only to be burned by those who turned
their backs on the pastor's wife.
She yearns for her own identity, the many tears she has cried,
for she wants to be known for who she is,
not just as the pastor's wife.
She has often craved conversation from the many people in her life,
but they just have a message for him,
to be passed on by the pastor's wife.
She sometimes has been hurt, needing hugs authentic and tight,
for she gets discouraged like everyone else.
So let's lift up our pastor's wife!
She's always been there for all of us, so love and treat her right,
taking genuine interest in this precious lady
whom we call the pastor's wife.
She's been often taken for granted by those God put in her life.
So let's show our loving appreciation
for our pastor's gracious wife!
Note: Special thanks to Julie Tedder, Rama Devi and Lois Funk for help in editing this poem.
Dedicated to my wife Kathy
© 2007 by Loyd C. Taylor
The Pastors wife must be a very understanding companion to her husband. Of course she has her problems also and should be prayed for constantly. They both have an obligation to God, their church and most definitely to each other. A good write.
Hello Patricia. I am so sorry for being late in responding, I seemed to not get a notice. Thank you so very much for your wonderful review, comments and precious time. Loyd C. Taylor
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!
Truly a great tribute to a forgotten hero. Your wife should be proud of you for thinking of her. : -)
There is no place to vote, but I truly enjoyed this poetic tribute to your wife. She's truly a forgotten hero. : -)
A wonderful tribute to a fantastic first lady, Well done indeed!
It is never easy being a Pastor's wife. Your husband got the call, probably not you. it takes God and grace to follow through. Beautiful piece. Wonderful insight.
Hello everyone. I am so sorry for being late in extending my deepest appreciation to all of you who reviewed and made such wonderful comments about my poem The Pastor's Wife. Thank you so much! Loyd C. Taylor
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
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.
Hello to my good poet friend, hope you are doing well. I am so sorry for being late in responding, I seemed to not get a notice. Thank you so very much for your wonderful review, comments and precious time. Loyd C. Taylor