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What I'll Leave You

“You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’”*
Every Sunday for 5 hours. All your friends sleep in, but not you three. Up by 7:30, disheveled, out of the door by 7:55. Some pastors’ kids have it harder. At least we don’t have night or mid-week services. But we do set up every Sunday morning--sound system, welcome table, kids’ classroom, coffee and snacks. At different times, you know how to help with these jobs, how much coffee goes into the industrial machine, where to find the sign-up sheet for parents when they drop off their kids, how to queue up the DVD in the player for the children’s class. 
At times you put up with being uncomfortable, hungry, tired. You encounter the transient homeless population, many of whom prove mentally ill, unable to participate in our services without interrupting and distracting. Rarely, the situation calls for you having a bodyguard, usually your grandfather. This is an inevitability of urb…

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