Plummer Letter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Preacher confesses to ‘blinkering’ offence

The confessions of a busy preacher:

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I read the article by Rupert Howell in the Friday, February 27, paper (“Venting over pet peeve leads to hushed mouth”) and realized that I could not allow the perpetrator to go unknown. That rascal needed to be more cautious before he killed someone, and that rascal was me.

Most know me as Bro. Damon, Pastor of Hosanna Family Worship Center. I know there are many like myself trying to be a dad, a provider, a husband and a servant to the community. In these responsibilities, we are unaware of the innocent people that are unseen, whether they are children needing affirmation, our parents needing someone to talk to, or a lovely couple trying to cross the road, as with the Howells.

We need to be more aware, because even though the Lord forgives and the individual may even forgive, the consequences of our actions will live on with us. The burdens of consequence are heavy and some reading this preacher’s confession may feel overwhelmed with the shame of it. The good news is this:

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give is light.” Matt 11:28-30 Holy Bible, New Living Translation.

I am grateful that I didn’t hurt Mr. and Mrs. Howell and I’m even more grateful that I am able to rest in spite of the consequence of my past sins and can rest in the journey that lies before me.

Eternally grateful,

Damon Plummer, pastor