Mothers Day 2020
At a church on Mother's Day May 9th, a woman named Judy, a mother herself, shared the following meditation at the Lord's Table.
Probably all of us at some time in our lives have dropped a stone into a clear pool of water and watched the ripples spread out, growing larger and larger and larger. But have you thought about what happens when the stone is dropped and then we turn away to do something else? The ripples still spread, even though we may not even notice them.
My Mom's life was like that. She made many ripples during her life and touched many lives in positive ways, ways that she didn't even know. Raising several foster children, for example, was to me one of the most important things she did. Each of those children, those ripples, have now gone on to touch other lives in positive ways, and so on and on it goes.
A good friend of mine recently passed away and she too cast many stones into the lake of life. She and her husband raised 23 foster BOYS! Talk about ripples!! Who knows what each of those kids contributed in the world and in all of the other lives they touched.
Even the smallest act of kindness can start the ripples; it doesn't have to be something as big as raising a child. Isaiah 54:10 says, "And the Lord said, 'For the mountains shall depart and the hills be moved, but My kindness shall not depart from you." So may we all remember that every small kindness we perform for someone else starts the ripples and sets things in motion for good.
Jesus set something in motion when he instructed his disciples to continue preaching His word, even after he was gone. His word would "make the ripples" spread throughout the world. And of course they did. Also, when Jesus broke the bread and blessed the cup in the upper room and asked his disciples to do this in remembrance of him he set in motion an action which has continued until today -- like a pebble cast into the sea of time and its circles touching the shore of our lives today.
Let us pray: Lord, grant us the wisdom to always move through your world, doing your will the best we can, and using small kindnesses to make ripples of good in the world.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind”
“Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of the body over the mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may seem in itself.” Who do you think said that?
― Susanna Wesley
One husband, who felt the size of the gift was not important, wrote this poem to his wife. M - is for the mink coat you want O - is for the opal ring you crave T - is for the tiny sports care you'd love H - is for the hat that makes you rave E - is for the earrings you'd admire R - is for the rug on which you'd tread Put them all together and they spell bankrupt, so I'm giving you this handkerchief instead.
Woodrow Wilson said on May 9, 1914 when congress declared the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother's Day. President Wilson said that this day has been set aside as a time for ''public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.'' It is perfectly consistent to honor God and honor mothers at the same time.
“A man shoved my 6 year old son to the ground in a parking lot, as he said MOVE.
I came around my car & caught him as he was getting into his 4 wheel drive truck. I caught him by the belt & back of his hair, yanked him out of the truck, spun him around & shoved him face down under his own truck tire. Held him there kicking & screaming to get off him until police arrived!
He wanted me charged with assault. Cop looked at him (6'2" easy 210 lbs), looked at me (5'6" 120 lbs), looked at my skinny little 6yr old son & started laughing. The entire crowd of people started laughing.
Cop told the guy. Okay, I will arrest her & you can go before a jury to explain how this little bitty woman dragged you, a big grown man, from your big ole truck & kicked your butt. Now you realize that she's also going to tell the jury how this happened because you shoved that little red haired kid, her son, to the pavement.
Cop continued with a chuckle...Of course, your shoving the kid down is also an assault. I have to arrest you for that. But you will get to go to court on your assault charge too and you can explain this all over again for a second jury. You know that, right!
The crowd chuckled and the guy looked at his feet, and asked if he could just drop it. Cop laughed & ask me if that was okay. I said sure. We get in our car to leave. My son says in an overexcited voice...THAT WAS SO COOL MOM!”
Ya, don't mess with a ticked off mom.
Lois and Eunice - Grandmother and Mother
II Timothy 1:5 says 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
This is the only time they are mentioned in the Bible. But what an impact these two magnificent women had on Timothy. Paul referred to Timothy as his beloved son and gives Lois and Eunice the credit for his spiritual well - being.
Acts 16: Timothy's mother was a Jewess and a believer, his father was a Greek and therefore would not have had a great deal of knowledge about God. So while we are told that Timothy had been taught the Holy Scriptures since he was a baby, we are also told the source of that learning was his mother and grandmother. He was prepared for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
(2 Timothy 3:15, 16) 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, and verse 17 tells us why so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The foundation Lois and Eunice laid paved the way for Paul to lead Timothy to Christ
Do you think Lois and Eunice were thinking about Proverbs 22:6 when they were raising Timothy
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.18 She sees that her trad