Thanks Shortgrass. You, being a rancher, living and or working in a rural area, many people may be able to relate at least a bit better to what you have to say about life from your standpoint of some level of 'being in our shoes', imo.
My minister, a young lady from a city, really seems to be enjoying her huge parish, about 140 miles from the church to the south, to the church to the north, with two in between, ALL served each Sunday, I believe by her choice. She grew up in a much more populous area and seems to be adjusting well to our region and our people. One big plus is that we are always very thankful to have a pastor willing to serve our situation, being four distinct but somewhat different congregations, with two churches being in small towns one very isolated and far from any town, the other is alongside a hiway and a 'mini' town, a cluster of a few homes/farms.
My church, in the smaller of the two organized municipalities, had 16 in attendance yesterday...….and considered it a pretty good crowd! On a recent Sunday, there were only 8 of us. Usually, when that happens, we do a little better the next Sunday. Sunday School started for the year yesterday, so probably will have better attendance till school is out next spring. Thinking about this makes me curious as to how many members our total parish actually serves. Hope I remember to ask next Sunday!
Shortgrass, I believe you will be another encouraging voice in the 'wilderness of this world' whenever you can give us a few words of encouragement to enrich our understanding of faith filled lives.