The parson took a few days off and headed for another city a few states away. The parson’s son’s dance company was performing there. The son traveled around the globe a couple of times each year, and a few states away provided an opportunity for the two to get together.
It was this occasion that brought the parson to the restaurant in the hotel early in the morning. He was enjoying a tremendous breakfast as he read the news on his Chromebook.
“Parson,” called the voice, “how have you been?”
The parson looked up. Then he slammed the Chromebook shut and bounced to his feet. Before him stood a bishop under whom he’d served for over a decade. “Bishop,” proclaimed the parson. “How are you? You had surgery recently.”
“I’m fine, Parson. Really good. I got your card; and I appreciated it. Sit down. May I join you?”
The parson motioned toward the chair opposite his place. The bishop sat and as the
“The question, Parson, is how have you been; I mean how have you been since you lost Ms. Parson?”
“I’m getting back on track,” the parson replied. “It was tough for a while, but I’m back together for the most part.”
“I hope so,” the bishop said. “And how’s that church you’re serving?”
The parson’s memory drifted back to the day he’d signed his papers for retirement. He’d stepped into the hallway at the denomination headquarters as the bishop stepped from the conference room across the hall. The bishop had grabbed the parson by the arm and asked him what town he was moving to. When the parson told him, the bishop’s eyes opened wide and he asked the parson if he’d supply the pulpit at the church the parson was now serving. The parson informed him that in the 1970s he been the pastor of that church. The bishop’s shoulders drooped in disappointment. He turned to walk away. About fifty feet down the hall, the bishop turned back and shouted to the parson walking in the opposite direction, “Wait, did you say the 1970s?” The parson nodded. “Well, hell,” said the bishop, “everybody who hated you back then is dead.”
- Encounter with a bishop continues tomorrow