The Loneliness of the Protestant Pastor

She’s always my pastor to me                    
even when she stopped being the pastor of my community.
That’s the only thing she could ever be.
She was called to serve my community
but she was never a member of that body.
She could never be a friend to me
because she will always be my pastor to me.
Friends and acquaintances are in my community.
Where does my pastor find camaraderie?
With other pastors? Maybe.
It’s a vocation that can be very lonely.
She could never be a friend to me
because she will always be my pastor to me.
It is only through those eyes that I can see.
For pastor and parishioner, a great divide will always be.
She can never be a friend to me.
She will forever and ever be pastor to me.
That’s the only thing she could ever be.
Whose friend could she be?

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