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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day

"An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels."
Prov 31:10

It’s easy for me, sometimes, to overreact. I know that. In my zeal not to repeat the mistakes of others, I can end up making new ones on my own. I've wondered at times if I’m in danger of doing that when it comes to "Hallmark Holiday's" like Mother’s Day.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love my mom– far more than I could ever say! And I think its good to set aside a day once a year to honor our moms and let them know that we think there’s no one like them in the whole world.

My problem comes in the tendency I see in churches to take a day like Mother’s Day and make it the focus of our worship. It just seems to be a misappropriation of God’s honor to shift the focus of any worship service off of Him and put in onto anyone or anything else.

And then there’s a practical concern, as well. When it gets down to it, I’m convinced that what you and I need is not another warm and fuzzy, feel-good experience or another ‘sentimental journey’ sponsored by Hallmark. What we need is for the life-strengthening, soul-anchoring power of God’s Word to be opened up and applied to our lives.

So let’s take a moment this Sunday to say ‘Thank you’ to our Mom’s for what they have meant to us. Let’s acknowledge that we can’t think of any job that could be more important than that of a godly parent. Let’s shout from the rooftops, “Mom, we love you! We’re grateful to God for you. We know our lives would be infinitely poorer without you and your Christ-like example of love.” But then for Mom’s sake, let’s shift our attention off of her and on to Him who created motherhood in the first place. And let’s offer our prayers and praise to our Father in Heaven Who alone can give Mom the help she needs!

Yours for His Sake...and grateful for moms everywhere....,
Pastor Scott

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