I didn’t expect to be excited and yet, I am. Back in the spring of this year, May marked the end of another cyclical year for the Pickaway County Ministerial Association. You would think that, being the last meeting of the year, it would be very well attended. My experience of the past three Mays however, indicate that you’d be wrong. There is undoubtedly a reason for this, many reasons perhaps, but I have a sneaking suspicion that THE reason has something to do with fact that May is also the month the association elects new officers. And so I found myself in the month of May, sitting alongside a wonderfully faithful collection of fellow officers and former officers of the PCMA. Then I found myself elected to serve as President for 2013-2014.
It wasn’t a surprise, for in truth as VP, I had been primed to ascend to the presidency by my predecessor, Ty Myers of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, who had served as president for the previous two years running. And nobody else really wanted the job. So here I am, President of the Pickaway County Ministerial Association, with one meeting already under my belt. And it was a good meeting that gave us plenty to work on in the coming year. But that’s not why I’m excited.
I’m excited because, when elected, I was informed that the President of the PCMA has the annual responsibility of offering prayer at the official opening ceremonies of the Pumpkin Show! You know, it’s funny. Before I moved to Circleville, I had never even heard of the Pumpkin Show. Now, I find myself correcting family and friends who still make the mistake of confusing our grand “show” with a common “festival”. I look forward to the annual build-up and chatter of conversation which comes in these opening weeks of fall, where the first chill day brings talk of Pumpkin Show weather. And I’m excited that I get to play such a prominent role in the show!
Added to my excitement is the fact that immediately after I pray on that Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., my wife, Cyndi, will then lead the Everts Middle School choir in singing “The Punkin Show Song”! And yes, the word in the song is “punkin”, not pumpkin. Let the controversy rage!
I am excited. I didn’t expect to be and yet, I am. After all, it’s not as though one prayer is any more significant or meaningful than another. A child’s prayer at mealtime is just as important as the best worded and most thoughtfully prepared prayer on the most solemn of occasions. We’re not even talking worship here… well, maybe for a few Circlevillians it could qualify… but it’s the Pumpkin Show! And I get to offer the opening prayer, drawing a week’s worth of attendees, both locals and out-of-towners, into the presence of God. That’s special. Plus, I find more and more that it helps in life to have something to look forward to, something joyful on the horizon. Life offers plenty of other stuff to bring us down and distract us from God’s joy, but for those who seek it, there’s always something exciting just up the road a ways.
So get excited! Sing a happy, punkin-y, tune. Then make sure to say a prayer for me, cause I’m a little bit nervous too!