prophetically pastoral

I remember, through the years,
a time or two,
the pride welling up inside
in response to being told I was prophetic—

as if it took more courage to be prophetic than pastoral.

Now I don’t think I ever took that
(someone naming me prophetic)
to mean anything more
than that I had said something
someone heard as prophetic,

but the longer I’ve pastored,
the more I’ve realized
that being prophetic is nothing more
than being pastoral to the others—
the overlooked and the left out,
those too often without a voice,
without power,
and without a pastor.

Could it be
the distinction between prophetic and pastoral ministry,
is nothing more than too small a pastoral vision?


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