Today is Tuesday the day i start to map our my sermon, read and respond to where the text is leading me and starting a really rough draft on what Sunday will look like. This Sunday is Mother’s Day by the secular calendar it’s the Sunday we are asked to lift up the mothers in our lives. I know in my life i have had many mothers, last night at Mr. Beard’s retirement party reminded me of the mother’s who have shaped me into the person i am today.
None of those are above my own mother. She taught me how to love, care and be kind to all who around me. She nurtured my love for music, sports, photography and technology. When Dad had his first realized heart attack she was the one that kept us focused. When she was diagnosed with cancer it was how she handled that season of her life that reminds me that everything happens for some reason, some we can explain and some we cannot. She has been my biggest cheerleader as i have been answering my calling. I hope to be as good of a parent as she is.
Mother’s Day this year is hitting me a little harder then most mother’s days have in the past. Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s earlier this year. My mom being the women who is so strong in her faith knows that this is in God’s hands, something she first told me when we was first being tested for a diagnosis. Knowing her diagnosis is weighing heavily on my heart.
So i pray for all of us that have to preach this Sunday that we can illuminate the scriptures in such away that all will see the love that God has for them.
You care for us,
You love us,
As we prepare our hearts and minds to proclaim your word to the world.
Remind us of that love you have for us.
Shape us to proclaim your love to all who hear our messages.
Loving God, Thanks.