The longtime pastor was given a great send-off. Lots of honors and festivities, a nice gift, and a couple of plaques for his wall. Great things were said of him and spoken to him. Only one thing was wrong.
He didn’t leave.
He held on. He stayed in his house, kept running by the church office, continued inviting church members to his home, kept his ear to the ground to learn what was going on with the new pastor, accepted lots of funerals and weddings, and in general, made a nuisance of himself.
Meanwhile, the new pastor is having the dickens of a time settling into his proper role in the church. It’s not the ghost of the old preacher that haunts him, but the man himself. The old guy is everywhere.
Then, as church members called or dropped by to complain about the new preacher, the oldster listened sympathetically. Their unhappiness confirmed his suspicions that the new pastor would not be as loving, as dedicated, as gifted, as attentive, as compassionate, blah blah blah, as he.
Lord help us.
Question: Why would a retired pastor want to hang on and stick around and become a problem for the new preacher?