Friday, May 22, 2009

To The Preacher's Wife: OSF Dedications

Clergy families and those who serve others professionally live in "glass houses" in that a lot of their day to day activities are for the benefit of others rather than themselves. But who heals the healer? Who gives to the giver? Or who helps the helper? It is impossible to avoid dysfunction or self-destruction without a strong, but loving and understanding spouse. It is also essential to regularly get out of the spotlight and to enjoy private, "mates-only" intimate moments. Everyone needs to know that they are appreciated.

The words from this Marvin Gaye piece are a tribute to the indispensable person at the side of Revvy Rev.

How sweet it is to be loved by you
How sweet it is to be loved by you

I needed the shelter of someone's arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs
and there you were
With sweet love and devotion
deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you baby
I just want to stop and thank you baby

How sweet it is to be loved by you
How sweet it is to be loved by you

I close my eyes at night,
wondering where would I be without you in my life
Everything I did was just a bore,
everywhere I went it seems I'd been there before
But you brightened up for me all of my days
With a love so sweet in so many ways
I want to stop and thank you baby
I want to stop and thank you baby

How sweet it is to be loved by you
How sweet it is to be loved by you

You were better to me than I've been to myself
For me, there's you and there ain't nobody else
I want to stop and thank you baby
I just want to stop and thank you baby


mapstew said...

I love this. Sweet indeed.

Mista Jaycee said...

I appreciate you very much Double R. Be well and God (IAM) Bless you.

Anonymous said...

This song really does say it all when it comes to loving relationships. Great choice, Rev, and Happy OSF! Also have a good holiday weekend!

Vérité Parlant said...

Beautiful, Rev. Beautiful sentiment and song. I realized a long time ago that if given the opportunity, I could not be a pastor's wife because I think it's part calling as in even if you don't think you can be one, if God thinks you should be one, you may end up married to a pastor. I decided that while watching a woman who was an exceptional pastor's wife who possessed great humility. It takes diplomacy, to truly love God and your husband, complete dedication to others, good organization skills, patience, and lots of prayer.

BTW, went to a good church service Sunday. Telling you b/c you've asked me about attendance. Visited Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in NOLA, which is a community-engaged church. My offspring liked it so we'll probably go back. One's a teen so that's saying something. :-)

I'm still working on more lists for black children's books. Thank you for your help.

Villager said...

Happy OSF! Outstanding choice. I hope that your special one reads your blog today...

I invite your blog readers to see my meme entry that is dedicated to nubians in America.

peace, Villager

pjazzypar said...

Hey, Nice tribute to your #1 lady. Happy OSF!

Revvy Rev said...

Well said VP. It certainly is a job for only certain people. And even then, it is an extremely difficult and trying position personally that takes constant attention and care.

Glad you attended. I really like that they are community engaged.

I just got in a shipment of children's books - 20 or 30 so. I have not yet opened the cases or reviewed the packing slip. I will let you know what goodies there are after the holiday. They are of course culturally relevant and community minded.

All you guys, Mapstew, JC, D, PJazzy and Villager - thanks for visiting I really appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Another "awwww" moment! *gushing*

And I love how you wrote the words as well.

Just beautiful.

MrsGrapevine said...

Awww, make me wanna cry! That was very sweet, and it's nice to hear men say things like that...

How many years???

Hey Shae! said...

Perfect dedication. I love it.

PPR_Scribe said...

Very very sweet! Sounds like you are a fortunate fellow--in many many ways. Hope your OSF and Memorial Day weekend was wonderful. said...

Hey there!

That is just incredibly sweet....

Verite Parlant is soooo right... being a spouse of a minister of the Gospel(whether male or female) is a calling from the Lord.

Churches need to have more training for those who are spouses of ministers. We train people to be competent in other areas of ministry but we don't specifically train those persons who are called to be the partner of the man of God or the woman of God.

I'm veering off topic again!

Thanks for this wonderful video!!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Pearl said...

That's very sweet of you! I can only imagine how difficult it is, really, to be a pastor's wife...


SjP said...

What a wonderful tribute and dedication!

Regina said...

You can NEVER go wrong with Marvin!

Sista GP said...

Amazing dedication! Sometimes we focus on prominent achievers and forget those that support them along the way.