On this Mother’s Day weekend, the book of Proverbs has some verses that define a mother.
Proverbs 31:25-30 (New International Version):
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who trusts the Lord is to be praised.
Mothers are the primary caregivers to children, even grown-up children. We celebrate and honor their love, kindness, and patience that is so generously provided without questioning. Mothers can include stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers, for some many will include their spiritual mother.
The work of a mother in these days is especially challenging and the job of a mother is non-stop. The importance of mothers in families, communities, and society as a whole cannot be overlooked and for this reason prayers of thanks and encouragement are extremely important. Some mothers have an extremely challenging role, especially those with disabled children or those in households where there are challenges such as finance or even abuse. Mothers don’t just appreciate prayer they deserve and need it.
Mother’s Day is always a special day but every day should be the same when it comes to mothers. If you consider everything your mother has done, does and will always do for you, one day of celebration and prayer is surely not enough. Be encouraged to pray for your mother and other mothers every day, and your prayers will make a big difference to the world we live in.
- Join us for worship this Sunday. A service from the Sudekum Chapel will be recorded and posted on our Facebook page and Youtube channel beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Attached is a worship sheet that will facilitate your participation: Worship for May 10
- Here are two prayers for your use at home:
Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of danger and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation with your wisdom, comfort those in distress and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Merciful God, your healing power is everywhere about us. Strengthen those who work among the sick; give them courage and confidence in all they do. Encourage them when their efforts seem futile or when death prevails. Increase their trust in your power even to overcome death and pain and crying. May they be thankful for every sign of health you give, and humble before the mystery of your healing grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Blessing and Peace to all of you in these days,
Reminder: Every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Colloquy with Pastor Brian:
Next Week’s Readings:
- Acts 17: 22-31
- Psalm 66: 8-20
- 1 Peter 3: 13-22
- John 14: 15-21
Storing Up Treasures in Heaven
Several years ago when John D. Rockefeller Sr. died, there was the reading of the will for his family, which, of course, caused a lot of attention because he was so wealthy and well known. As his personal attorney left the family, a reporter came up and asked, “Could you tell us, sir, what he left behind?” The attorney looked at him sadly, shook his head, and said, “He left it all; he left it all.” This story is a reminder to us that things of this world are only temporary.
Jesus tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . .” (Matthew 6:19-20). God gives us the grace and the strength not to become too attached to worldly things, so we, will instead, store up treasures in heaven.
Prayer: Lord, we know that by nature we are selfish and greedy people. Help us overcome our selfishness and become the generous people you want us to be. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Blessings on Your Stewardship Journey!