Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

Approximate Notes for Sunday’s Message; May 14, 2017, Mother’s Day

Scriptures for this Sunday: Matthew 15:21-28. You can read this Scripture here: {Click ME}

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is celebrated in approximately 40 countries around the world. The majority of these countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.

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In the United States, Mother’s Day was established in 1908. A lady by the name of Anna Jarvis (May 1, 1864 – November 24, 1948) is widely attributed as the person who dreamt and worked to establish the holiday. In 1912 she trademarked the phrases “Second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, and created the Mother’s Day International Association. She specifically noted that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.”

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Because of that, Mother’s Day is a bittersweet day for me. For me it is a celebration of the life of the woman who brought me into this world, and a reminder of the life that was taken from it.

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I share all of this with you today because it shaped my understanding of what Mother’s Day is. It is NOT about Hallmark cards, sentimental drivel and feel good sentences. Mother’s Day is about our understanding of life and our ability to deal with life in a productive and responsible manner. Mother’s Day is about the role that our mothers play in our ability to deal with life.

We have to face the joys and the problems that invariably arise in our lives. What helps us to celebrate the joys, what helps us to deal with the problems, what helps us to live our “abundant lives” (John 10:10), is our understanding of ourselves and our place in God’s Universe.

That understanding of ourselves and our place in the Universe is rooted in our relationship with God, and is transmitted from generation to generation by our mothers.

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God is active in our world! God is doing something! God’s presence and actions cause the world to be in a state of constant change. As our world changes, we need to constantly figure out solutions to new problems.

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Ideally, God is using mothers to plant seeds in the minds of the young generations. These seeds will sprout as seedlings of love, care and innovation. God also uses mothers all over the world to nurture these seedlings, and these seedlings will mold and shape the future. Mothers all over the world have a tremendous impact on this world; I am talking about our past, our present and our future.

Look at the examples from the life of our Lord. I wonder how many of the parables used by Jesus he first heard from Mary? I wonder if Mary prepared chicken soup for the teenager Jesus when he had a cold? We know that Mary encouraged Jesus to kick-off his ministry at the wedding at Cana in Galilee.

Let us look at the example of Paul. Countless mother-figures helped Paul in his ministry and shaped his ministry along the way. There is Lydia, there is Priscilla, there is Phoebe. In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul wrote:

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NIV 2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

In Romans 16:13 Paul wrote:

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NIV Romans 16:13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.

Lois and Eunice helped to shape Paul… Rufus’ mother was “like a mother” to Paul. All of these ladies “mom’d” Paul.

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Just like Mary nurtured the earthly life of our Lord, just like Lois and Eunice nurtured Paul, countless moms, aunts, step-moms, grand-moms, Sunday School teachers and countless other nurturing women help children to shape their understanding of life and nurture the ability to deal with life in a productive and responsible manner. Just like Mary nurtured young Jesus, countless moms, aunts, step-moms, grand-moms, and other nurturing women plant seeds of greatness in the minds of children all over the world.

Children are not born with an instruction manual. Some ladies are blessed with nurturing in their DNA; some never received the memo. Some ladies have mothering down pat; some continue to learn by trial and error. None of us are perfect or have it all together.

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Today is set aside to honor, to remember, and to give thanks for our moms and all the ladies who nurtured us, who helped us to become who and what we are today. We are grateful to God because they received the gift of life from God, and passed it on to us. We thank our moms for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving us birth. We thank our moms for the sacrifices they made rearing us. We thank our moms for the seeds of humanness that they nurtured in our souls.

We thank God for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether it was birth moms, adopted moms, older sisters, aunts, grandmothers, stepmothers or someone else, these ladies held us and fed us, cared for us and kissed away our pain. Their love for us reflects the love of God for the creation.

May our lives reflect the love of God projected by our mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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