May is the month when we honor our mothers. Americans have dedicated the second Sunday as their day of celebration. Little children craft special cards and gifts to present to their moms. Usually that comes with breakfast in bed or an evening out at mom’s favorite restaurant. Sometimes a bouquet of flowers is also a part of the festivities. Lots of hugs and kisses are showered on mom on her special day. But what about all the other days…
We have the opportunity to honor our mothers every day. Younger children can gladly obey, cheerfully help around the house, or speak well of their moms at school. Adult children can call, visit, or invite mom to lunch. We can even show patience with our mother’s annoying quirks or forgive her when we realize that she isn’t perfect.
Yes, mothers are sinners. They become impatient, lose their tempers, make poor decisions, and gossip with their neighbors. Christian mothers will remember the prayer that Mary spoke when she found out that she would be the mother of our Jesus. “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” (Luke 1:47-48) Mary knew that she was a sinner in need of a Savior. Mothers the world over can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is there to forgive them when they fail in their role as mom.
The Lord has also provided a way for mothers to grow in love for him and for their families. Isaiah 41:10 encourages them: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Psalm 119:105 reminds them where they can find help to carry out their duties. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Christian mothers treasure God’s Word as their daily source of comfort and strength.
This month remember to thank the Lord for mothers everywhere who share love and guidance with their children. Keep them in your prayers. Thank the Lord for the mothers who have finished their earthly tasks and are enjoying their heavenly reward. And when we present gifts to our mothers on their special day, let’s remember that they truly are a gift from God. Praise God for the blessing called mom!
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
God forever true,
Bless them, guide them, save them,
keep them close to you.
Upcoming changes to our worship schedule
The June service will be held on May 29 instead of June 5 due to the Queen’s jubilee celebration the weekend of June 5. And looking ahead, the August service will move from August 7 to July 31 due to the unavailability of the facility on August 7.
Baptism at Ramstein
Our Offerings in April
€80.00, £50.00, and $30.00 were received in basket offerings. €2,120.79 were received as direct deposits.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7,8
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