Psalm 1 begins with these words: "Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night."
"Don't follow the advice of the wicked." Doesn't this sound like the advice that a mother, grandmother, an aunt, or one of those wonderful women who have served as your mentor, would give? Of course, they probably put it in a different way. My mom would say, "If everyone was jumping off of the Mississippi River Bridge, would you do it?" Or, she would say, "If you hang around with people who make poor decisions, then you will end up making poor decisions." Other times she would say, "If you hang around with people who are doing bad things, then you are going to get in trouble too."
As a teenager, when my mom would give me such advice, I would roll my eyes, and say something like, "Yes, yes. I know. I know." But, despite my blasé attitude, I would go out, and follow her wisdom. I knew deep down that she was right. More than that, I knew that she wanted what was best for me, and I understood that she was looking out for me.
We are blessed by those who guide us in life, and those who walk with us in faith, sharing their wisdom. We are who we are because of them. Every year on Mother's Day we pause to show our appreciation for these important women.
On Sunday, May 13, Mother's Day, in worship, we celebrate The Festival of the Christian Family
, and honor our mothers and the other important women in our lives who help us grow in our faith. Join us for this important celebration, and every Sunday, as we give thanks to God for all the ways that God is present in our lives.
Your brother in Christ,