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The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass., looks for God amid domestic chaos
Rousting Teens: The Impossible Vocation
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the ...
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the South Shore of Boston). I've also served parishes in Maryland and New York. When I'm not tending to my parish, hanging out with my family, or writing, I can usually be found drinking good coffee -- not that drinking coffee and these other activities are mutually exclusive. I hope you'll visit my website at www.frtim.com to find out more about me, read some excerpts from my book \x34What Size are God's Shoes: Kids, Chaos & the Spiritual Life\x34 (Morehouse, 2008), and check out some recent sermons.
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2010 July 15 Phx pool 017After another morning of trying to roust Ben out of bed, I wrote most of this in the shower. The rest was written on the train into Boston this morning for a meeting at the diocese. I have to believe this just might resonate with some parents of teenagers. And if not? Well, maybe at least Bob Dylan will sue me.

There’s a classic book on the priesthood called The Impossible Vocation. You can argue with that premise but, in any case, I think getting teens out of bed before 7:00 am qualifies.

It Will Never End

How many times must a man go in



to wake up his own teenage son?



How many times must I shake that poor boy



ahead of the bright rising sun?



How many times must I go up the stairs



threatening to take his iPhone?



The answer my friend, it will never end.



The answer, it will never end.

How many times must we have this same fight



when that alarm clock goes off?



How many ways can I badger you, son



until you get out of that bed



How many times will you ignore my requests



to open your eyes and wake up?



The answer my friend, it will never end.



The answer, it will never end.

How many times must you be late for school



because you can’t find your math book?



How many times must I tell you to make



your lunch before going to sleep?



How many times must you lose your left shoe



before you’re sent in wearing socks



The answer my friend, it will never end.



The answer, it will never end.

How many times must I have deja vu



of arguments I had with my dad?



How many times must the teenager cry



“Why can’t they just start school at two?!



How many years ’til the tables are turned



and he has a teen all his own?



The answer my friend, it will never end.



The answer, it will never end.

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