Mom, Thank You!

How many of you have proclaimed that you have the best mom?  While there isn’t a scientific method to verify the accuracy of this statement it is a great thing to praise your mother.  Every year in May, we Americans set aside a day to celebrate our mothers.  Of course, one day in May isn’t the only time we should celebrate our mothers.  How do you celebrate your mother and what will you be doing for her this Mother’s Day?

In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to celebrate my mom (of course, you may read it too):

Mom, thank you for bringing me into this world even though I wasn’t exactly planned J.  (My next older sibling is 7 years older than I am.)

Mom, thank you for caring for me so tenderly even though I have zero recollection of being a toddler.

Mom, thank you for teaching me the Bible in a creative manner.  (If you know my mom, you know she is a great story teller.  I was privileged to grow up listening to her tell many stories.  Certainly, I am blessed!)

Mom, thank you for your example of faithful times in prayer.  Many times, I have seen you on your knees in prayer.  Although, there were times you may have been doing more sleeping than praying on your knees.  Thank you for allowing me to see that prayer was so important to you.

Mom, thank you for your sacrifice by home-schooling me for part of my education.  Even though we never won any science fair awards J, you demonstrated your love for me by personally teaching me at home.

Mom, thank you for allowing me to go to high school after you taught me at home for a time.  That probably wasn’t easy for you to let your “baby” go for the first time without you but thank you for saying yes to my desire to “go” to school.

Mom, thank you for not leaving me and making me walk home after my one and only detention in high school (even though you were tempted to leave me).  That would have been a very long 27 miles!

Mom, thank you for sharing your passion for ministry in God’s Kingdom.  I saw it firsthand and I have greatly benefited from your passion.

Mom, thank you for being the most consistent person that I know.  In a world of hypocrisy and double standards, your faithful consistency to your beliefs has been incredible.  You are my living example of Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Mom, thank you for your continued concern and care for me as an adult.  Even though there are many things we do not agree about, you have given me tremendous support personally and vocationally.

Mom, the last several years have been difficult for you.  But, even with all of the discomfort from Parkinson’s Disease that you have had to deal with you during this time, you have maintained a sweet, gentle Christ-like attitude!  May God richly and abundantly bless you for being you-my hero!


Associate Pastor Jason Baker

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