She made us better.



Something my Sister Jenny posted on Facebook on March 6th has stuck with me:

She made him a better and more tolerable person. She was a remarkable woman, not only in regards to taming the Monty beast but in just being. I’m going to miss her tremendously. Heading out tomorrow to say goodbye.

IMG_0390Little would we know that Mom would pass on March 7th. She made us better. This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mom and I have to admit this week has been a tough one. It seems like everything around me is talking about Mother’s Day. I had to have hard conversations with people who did not know she has passed this week.  Many times over the past two months I wanted to call her just to chat.

IMG_0196.JPGIt was in these times of chatting, she would make me better. Proverbs 27:17 CEB reminds us, ” As iron sharpens iron, so friends sharpen each other’s faces.” This verse is pretty true to who my mother was. My mom not only made me better but all 6 of us are better people because she  was a loving and caring person. She sharpened and shaped us. 

I won’t be in the pulpit on Sunday, I can’t. I need to take care of myself and spend time with my wife and family this Sunday. I have been strong enough for a while now. I must rest. This week bent me up pretty good. I will be ok. Some R & R will be good for me.

I want to wish all the women in my life a happy Mother’s day. I hope you have a day filled with peace. One of the greatest gifts I have every given my mother was speaking to her life.  I leave you with the Sermon I wrote for her.






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