MINISTERING ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

I was meeting with a group of 2nd – 5th graders an hour before Wednesday night church services for a little devotional and play time. Two sisters came in a little late, both crying. I asked the older what was wrong and she told me that they had lost their new dog Muffy.

Feeling the need to help these two little girls’ spirits, I gathered everyone around in a circle to hold hands. “I’m going to pray about Kelsey and Shawnee’s little dog Muffy,” I told the group. We bowed our heads, and I prayed and asked God to return little Muffy back to Kelsey and Shawnee. I was feeling really good about helping comfort these two sweet girls until I finished the prayer. At that point the oldest of the two girls looked up at me and said, “Our dog’s not like ‘lost’. He’s dead and we don’t want him back. That’d be really gross.”

I felt so helpful.

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  1. Monalea says:

    How did you keep from laughing out loud?

    It’s funny how kids say one thing and we hear something else. I can’t tell you how many times I get into this, living with a 5 year old grandson.

  2. Liz Moore says:

    That is toooo funny! Perspective is everything! Have a great weekend!

  3. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey, a few short blocks away from our building is the Christian Home & Bible School of Mt. Dora (part of our fellowship). I get to do elementary chapel on occasion. This past Wednesday a prayer request came in to the brother (Doug Poyet) who handles chapel. A student’s grandmother’s dog had died. So Doug prayed for this student’s family in mourning the loss of grandmother’s dog. Apparently Doug was more helpful than you. LOL

  4. DJG says:

    What a guy!!

  5. The Preacher's Household: says:

    At least you were being sensitive and trying, they will remember that. It was probably the kids that got the good laugh once you left the room. I bet the elementary rumble is that you really have to explain things to that guy or he just doesn’t get it.

    Kyli was sick all last night. I just asked her if she was feeling better. She answered by saying, “They went home.” I didn’t understand so she said, “The Coufins, Fevers, and Frow-Ups went home. They not here any more.” Unfortunately, her actions don’t support her theory.
    Kathy

  6. Chris says:

    Trey, that is too funny!

  7. The Preacher's Household: says:

    One more thing Trey,
    I can see why you are only able to work one day a week if you are always praying with old women and children. Must be a great job!
    Kathy

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Bob & Kathy,

    Thanks for the encouragement. You build me up SO much! 😉

  9. lisa leichner says:

    hahahahaha
    heeheeheeheeheee
    ohohohohohohohoh
    ahahahahahahahah

    SOOOOOO FUNNY!!!

    I think what Kathy said is probably true — they were laughing SO HARD after you left the room!!

    “What IS it with that guy??”

  10. jel says:

    I can just see the look on the older sister’s face, when she said that! :)

    some much for trying to help!

    and thanks for the visit!

  11. The Preacher's Household: says:

    This I saw coming. Trey, you are too funny. As Kathy mentioned Kyli was sick last night. We were both up most of the night. I have not beena round becasue I ad to finish a school project and other job duties. I’m tired so it is good to laugh.
    James
    NQROTF

  12. Anonymous says:

    Trey, I emailed Kelsey and Shawnee’s mom and told her you were talking about them! 😉

    Sandi

  13. Anonymous says:

    Did you learn a lesson in really listening? 😉

    Thanks for the laugh.

    Jeanne M.

  14. David Kirk says:

    Trey,
    What a great story! You have to take kids very literally sometimes, huh?

  15. lisa says:

    James — not quite rollin’ on the floor, huh?

  16. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Lisa,
    It took me a while, but I got it. I just thought he was tired and started scribbling. I didn’t know it meant something. Thanks for translating my husband to me. I may call on you more later.
    Kathy

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa,

    I appreciate the explination too. I was thinking I may need to “lay hands” on James and cast something out!!!

    :)

  18. shawnee says:

    haha thats about me!!!

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Hey Shawnee … thanks for reading your story. You were cute and sweet when you were little. What happened? Kidding!

    Love ya, girl

  20. shawnee says:

    HEY!!!TURD.hehe.im still sweet and cute!!!

  21. Gallagher says:

    Awesome!

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