After spending a few hours with my friends Paul and Heidi yesterday, Paul called me with one more thought. See, we’d talked a lot about the high failure rate in ministry – and particularly about how our own lives had been harmed by pastors who’d refused to stick to the straight and narrow – so his final thought, from an old quaker hymn, was quite touching:

when friends, from shame, are undefiled
how can I keep from singing?