Back in June, I wrote about the question, "What does it mean to be a Lutheran pastor?" In that post, I provided the text from a 2005 presentation on that very subject by Prof. Em. Daniel Deutschlander. Included in that text was Dietrich Vorwerk's German poem, Des Pfarrers Predigt an Sich Selbst or "The Pastor's Sermon to Himself".
I haven't had time to personally provide a poetic translation, but just this past weekend, I received an excellent translation of the poem from Souksamay Phetsanghane, who is serving as the vicar or pastoral intern at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. You can read more of his work as one of the previous writers and translators at Studium Excitare.
Thanks, Vicar, for the translation!
A Pastor's Sermon to Himself
A pastor must be