Every now and then - rarely, really - I have the honor of meeting someone who is very, very intelligent, very, very humanistic, very, very spiritual, and exceedingly special.
About a year and a half ago I reached a very low point in my life, and I met Pastor Richard "Dick" Webber, who was the pastor of the Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church in Garden City.
I don't attend any church because I dislike being told what to believe, but Pastor Webber told me nothing really, he just reflected what I said so that I might hear myself.
He intently listened to me and asked me some very pertinent questions - questions that helped me to put my life back together again.
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I began to attend his church and listened and watched as he "talked" with the congregation - "talked" not "preached."
He spoke from the floor of the church, not from behind the pulpit, often involving the parishioners.
I often went to his Sunday services and listened and watched as he made a weekly presentation of what he called "humanistic" principles - principles that anyone could follow with little conflict and/or effort, but Christian nonetheless.
I watched as his congregation literally adored him - I never saw a member of the cloth held in such high esteem before, and I have seen quite a few members.
Pastor Webber just retired and the congregation and I are going to miss him greatly, because I doubt that there is anyone who is like him in style and substance.
I don't want to take anything away from the new pastor, but Pastor Webber was very, very special.
He has the ability to be a "humanistic" Billy Graham or Oral Roberts if he later chooses that route, but he wants to be "retired" for the moment and he deserves to be.
For me and for the rest of the congregation, "We thank you, Pastor Webber."
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.