To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 1 Peter 5:1
Even in this introductory verse, Peter reveals some interesting doctrine: suffering and rewards. Those in leadership within the church have burdens that you and I don’t have. They know things about parishioners that would horrify most lay people. They often can’t confide in their spouses because of what they know, so they have to rely on each other to bear their burdens.
As we approach the new year, pray for your elders and their spouses. Pray that God will give them sufficient grace to bear the burdens and problems they encounter regularly. Pray also for the wisdom to know how to counsel those in need.