A Poem for the Pastor’s Wife

Thank me now and curse me later.  I’ve run across the perfect poem for the pastor’s wife in your life.  I’ve put in bold my favorite lines.

The Pastor’s Wife

by Judy Bowling

She’s a Godly woman, she has such grace

Always a warm greeting, a smile on her face

She’s always encouraging, she knows her place

She is – The Pastor’s Wife

She has to always look just right

Always on time, though the schedule’s tight

From early morning, till late at night

Always – The Pastor’s Wife

She’s such a Lady, everyone’s friend

She serves with love from deep within

All of the rifts she tries to mend

Oh she’s – The Pastor’s Wife

She carries your burdens, she prays for you

Sometimes she cries the whole night through

But you won’t know when she’s feeling blue

‘Cause she’s – The Pastor’s Wife

At church as she starts to walk up the aisle

So many needs to stop and talk for awhile

Though she is tired, she has her own trials

She’s patient, she’s – The Pastor’s Wife

Her life, her time is not her own

There’s always a need, they go on and on

With a knock on the door or a ringing phone

That’s the life of – The Pastor’s Wife

Her husband she shares with a whole congregation

She humbly accepts his intense dedication

In loneliness she kneels to seek consolation

God Bless – The Pastor’s Wife

She will someday reach the end of her race

As she meets her Master, face to face

Surely our God had a Special Place

In heaven for – The Pastor’s Wife

Believe it or not, there are more poems here: Pastor’s Wife Poems.

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  • TJJ

    I don’t know if you are just tapped out or busy the holidays, but just maling fun of the efforts of other people is a little too lazy and easy. If you have nothing original and creative to share, then just don’t.

  • Actually, this is pretty entertaining…and revealing about what the typical congregation expects of the pastor and his family. It might explain why pastors are often unhealthy physically, and why they sometimes leave the church altogether. It also helps to explain why PKs often struggle.

    In seminary, we had a very high divorce rate among those who were married prior to entering the ministry. What spouse would want to live in those conditions–and why should they have to?

    The final line in bold is most definitely true.

  • Chris

    My wife who is a pastor is getting angry and she doesnt even know reading this.

  • I wondered how long it would take for the comedy police to show up.
    Satire (and comedy in general) exist to poke at the privileged. Granted, that’s not always how it’s used, but that’s it’s intended purpose. It’s even biblical – read Jonah. It’s great satire exposing the narrow view of prophets who believe God should only care for *their* tribe.

    TJJ and all our other defenders of status quo, please read the poem again.
    It essentially says, “Woman, remember you are inferior. You’re valued for your looks, first and foremost. Keep your problems to yourself, always appear to be happy. The church plans to abuse your husband’s time, energy and focus to the point that you will be lonely. You are expected to be alright with that. If you aren’t, see above and keep it to yourself.”

    That is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad way to view and treat women (or men, for that matter). It is degrading. It is inhumane.
    All of which are just other ways of saying women are less than human.
    Oops, there I go being histrionical again.

    • Aunt Susan

      You know I spent 37 years as a pastor’s wife, Tony, and tried my best to keep from living under the stereotypes and to protect our children from that fate. I fell in love with your uncle in college when he was going to be an engineer; he pulled a “bait and switch” on me! But the old stereotypes were changing and most parishioners were rather proud to see that I took on leadership roles in the communities where we lived and only participated in church activities as I would have if simply a church member.

      But it is a struggle to feel you have to keep showing what you will and won’t accept.

      The worst was probably when I was a 25-year-old and we were in our first church, in Duluth. We lived in a manse and held several weekend open houses so the congregation could see the house they bought. At church after one of these, several little old ladies (probably younger than I am now!) came up to me to compliment me on what a clean house I kept. “We looked all over, even under the beds, and didn’t see a dust bunny anywhere!” Yikes!

      We were happy when we were able to own our house rather than to be in a manse. All in all, our life was not nearly as bad as your poetry offerings would indicate, but we’re also very happy to be retired!

  • Jim Clements

    Hi TJ, oh Dr. TJ!!

    Still doing yoga?

    clemzjim@gmail.com whenucan–I have a near death question for you–“yellow line” me in the Re:


  • Pastorswife

    What a ridiculous, empty, hopeless poem! Don’t you have anything better to do with your time tha
    n to put people in boxes?