God knows the heart of a pastor,

How often ’tis laden with care;

In sharing the burdens of others

And seeking their needs in prayer.

God knows the work of a pastor,

The many tasks he must do;

As he goes forth in His service

The power of the Lord sees him through.

God knows the joy of a pastor

In teaching and preaching the Word:

When souls are brought into the Kingdom

To serve Christ as Savior and Lord.

God knows the way of a pastor

And, heeding the Master’s call

He leaves one flock for another –

God knows, for He knows it all.

God knows there is sadness in parting,

He knows there are blessings ahead;

And, trusting in Him for the future,

May our lives by His presence be led.

Annetta Jansen

Dorr, Michigan