I have known my mother-in-law for half of my life. If you buy into the stereotype that says mother-in-laws are intolerable, especially towards their son’s bride, then those words just caused your body to cringe.
Much of my present ministry is as a spiritual director to others, and an increasing number of pastors are coming to see me. As I listen to them, I think back to my days in pastoral ministry and wish I could have had a spiritual director myself. It would have saved me so much confusion and aloneness.