Prayer advice: more deposits than…
Matthew 7:12, Mark 12:31/Leviticus 19:18 and Philippians 2:3-4
You must treat people the way you want them to treat you; it is the law and the prophets.
You will love your neighbor as yourself.
Do nothing for selfish ends, but with humility consider others better than yourselves. Instead of each person looking out for their own good, look out for what is best for others.
by Chris Holliday, Pastor of Resurrection West Connection & Care and Director of Adult Discipleship
Mary was born on January 2, 1937. Her father was a bi-vocational Pentecostal pastor who also drove a bus and worked at a grocery store. His mother was a stay-at-home mom who loved dogs, collected all sorts of fun knick-knacks, and baked an exceptional coconut cake. Mary graduated from high school in 1955 and soon married her high school sweetheart. She got a job as a secretary/office manager at a propane gas company and stayed there for 41 years. She was a hard worker who dotted the i’s and crossed out all the t’s. She was a dedicated lay leader in the church and served as a choir director, treasurer, women’s ministry chair and more. She was caring, loving, funny, had a great voice, and made the best banana pudding in the whole world. Mary passed away with her family by her side on January 23, 2019.
Who was Mary? It was my mother. When I was sick, she took care of me. When I screwed up, she offered me her grace. She taught me about Jesus and raised me in the faith. She was super supportive of all my endeavors. If I even moved a desk during a recital, she was there to encourage me. In difficult times, she listened to me for hours and offered comfort, sound advice and reassurance. We talked; we laughed; we played.
There is an old adage: “There is no time like the present and no present like time.” That’s what my mom gave me, and it made all the difference. Our relationship was fundamental to me becoming who I am today. My mother showed me how to be in loving relationships and how to comfort and care for others. She illustrated the scriptures above and taught me to love my neighbor as myself.
During your prayer time today, I invite you to reflect on your mother or someone who served in this role for you. Give thanks for her life and the specific ways she taught you to love and care for others. God bless the special women in our lives.