IMG_3977We are out in our yard,
the yard of the manse,
across the street from the church,
and we see the cars
leaving the Catholic church,
just down the block,
and our lot, too,
the overflow.

We recognize the black Suburban,
and the old school station wagon,
and the hearse with the logo on the side,
moving quickly, because the work is done,
for now,
and one after another,
the windows are rolled down,
and we hear,
“Hi, Pastor!”

These are the things of our work,
a departure overseen,
the farewell heartfelt,
the details managed.

Now, parking lots emptied,
the rest of the day unfolds,
for the funeral home staff,
for the priests and for us,
the sermon to write,
meaning to unfold,
on a beautiful Saturday,
September sky blue,
sprinkled with clouds.

Thank you for this place,
this sky, Holy One,
these people, this time,
and this work we do. Amen.

Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community, as well as the forthcoming The Words of Her Mouth, a collection of psalms written by women faith leaders.

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