Peggy Railey and the Pastoral Life

Peggy Railey finally died yesterday.  Twenty-five years in a vegetative coma, left there after an attack by what all assumed but was never proved to be her husband, Walker Railey, then the highly popular pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dallas. Twenty five years of agony for her family, twenty-five years of low moans, what looked like agonizing pleas for help coming from her eyes, and no other communication. Thanks be to God, she has now passed into glory.  It was time for her release–and time for the family as well. At the very best, Walker Railey was an intelligent, articulate, charismatic,…

Christmas Eve in Krum

Christmas Eve worship ended a little while ago for us at Krum First United Methodist Church. The worship team had decided that it would be good to have a separate time of Holy Communion with the choir and tech people beforehand so they could lead with their voices and other necessary work during that time.  Rarely do I get to face them when giving the words of consecration. Tonight as I did so, love flowed through the choir room.  I find it great privilege to be in worship leadership with them. They give so much, all volunteer hours, and to ask for their…