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Thursday, May 09 2019

An annual tribute to my mother and encouragement to you:
She was an incredible woman. Born in 1921, she aspired to be a vocal performer. As a senior in high school, she contracted tuberculosis. Her dream to perform was no longer possible and the vocal scholarship to attend college was rescinded. She married a handsome Navy pilot just before he was deployed to the South Pacific Theater in WWII. He returned quite a different man than the one she married. Post-Traumatic Stress played a major role in the alcoholism and other challenges the marriage and family would face over the ensuing years. Ma endured a life of suffering and poverty but persevered to provide for her family and was rich in a faith grounded in her relationship with Jesus the Christ. She was the most spiritual person I have known – her intentionality to unconditionally love and pray fervently for others was amazing. Finally, it was congestive heart failure that opened the door for her to go Home in 2010. She was a faithful woman, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Today she is wearing her ‘victor’s crown’. Thanks for your example Ma – I love you.

Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May provides a great opportunity to honor your mother. I am not talking about the Hallmark card, flowers or even Shari’s Berries. I challenge you to write her a tribute or letter of thanks and read it to her. (If she is no longer living, read the letter to your kids.) Take her out to eat and ask her about challenges she faced raising you. (Again, if she is no longer living or not accessible, ask a woman in the church of her generation out to lunch and have a similar conversation.)

I know your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. – Revelation 2:9-10. Life did not play out the way the church in Smyrna may have anticipated. There were attacks in the physical and spiritual realms. Yet the Lord’s expectation was for them to “be faithful, even to the point of death.” In life, families are under attack and it is easy to blame or even judge parents when things do not go as anticipated. Yet the call is to be faithful to our Father by honoring the earthly mother and father He blessed us with.

The command with a promise is: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12). The promise is one of blessing – it may be a blessing of affirmation; it may involve emotional healing; or it may initiate spiritual healing across generations. What we know is that God is a faithful Father and as we honor, He will follow through with His promise.

Prayer guide: Thank You for the mother and father You blessed me with. Life is playing out exactly as You have planned. I confess there were many years when I was certainly more dishonoring than honoring of my parents. Forgive me. Thank You for the heart change You initiated in me that provided an opportunity to honor both Dad and Ma while they were alive. And thank You for the generational healing my family has experienced as a result. You are an awesome God! Amen.

A faithful father leads by example in honoring his mother and father.

Posted by: Wertz AT 06:00 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Amen! Beautiful message! Beautiful mother!
Posted by Gary on 05/09/2019 - 01:37 PM
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to your mother, we are so blessed to have had mothers filled with unconditional love. God bless you.
Posted by Carlos on 05/09/2019 - 01:52 PM
Sounds much like my own mother who did sing with her dad's big band, and she was deeply spiritual leading many to faith in Jesus. Thank you Rick.
Posted by Ken on 05/09/2019 - 10:40 PM
Rick, Loved the tribute about your ma, and how she influenced your family's spiritual heritage. The power of honoring your father and mother is beyond what we can imagine, for our lives and those of our children.
Posted by ron nichols on 05/10/2019 - 09:12 AM

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