Maundy Thursday services are some of the most solemn, and important, of the year. We are walking toward the greatest sin ever committed – the murder of the sinless One.
So why emphasize pastors’ wives?
On Tuesday Dianne and I had the incredible privilege of having the Downtown Elders pray and anoint our Paul with oil, asking for God’s intercession in his seizure-like spells. I cannot begin to describe what that meant to me, for these men to place their hands on me and my son and my wife and pray earnest, Bible-soaked prayers.
As we left, Dianne noticed how many leaders were there on a Tuesday night. There were at least seven pastors we saw, either in that prayer meeting or doing other things like rehearsing music for the special services this week or leading an evening class.
Dianne remarked, “we ask a lot of pastors’ wives here. Look how many men are here at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night!”
These men, their husbands, are spending hours and hours of time to serve the church – serve us – and they can do so because their wives are managing things at home. My son was prayed over because faithful women were equipping faithful men to serve me.
So, on this serious day when we commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, remember to pray for these women who serve with their husbands. They do far more for us than we realize.