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A Thank You to our Moms

                                                                         May 8, 2019

Dear Friends,

She told me that she wasn't trying to take my mother's
place. She only wanted to be my friend. I was thirteen
years old and still trying to deal with the fact that my
mom and dad were divorced. I was holding onto the
dream that they might get back together. The problem
was that my mom was a lost soul. Struggling with
alcoholism, she didn't know what she wanted.

She was pregnant at seventeen and felt trapped. She
loved my father but felt that somehow life had given her
a bum deal. My dad said when she found out she was
pregnant she locked herself in a closet and cried for days.
She was praying it wasn't true and looking for a way out.
I was born shortly after her eighteenth birthday and
things got better for a while.

She spent a lot of time with me when I was little. She
read to me and taught me how to read and write. I
always felt she loved me but there was a sadness to her.
Her own father was an alcoholic. He abandoned her
and the family when she was four years old. By the time
she turned twenty-five she began to find solace in the
bottle. At twenty-eight she left home.

Whenever I read the story of the prodigal son, I think
of her. Her life got pretty tough over the next few years.
She was homeless. She got by with sleeping on the couch
of one friend after another until they kicked her out.
Then she moved on. She did whatever it took to get
enough money to live. She died with $600 to her name
at age thirty two.

I thank God that she gave me life. I will always love her
for that.

I also thank God for my step-mom. She did become that
friend and so much more over the years. I gave her a
hard time as a teenager but she never gave up on me.
She loved me as if I was her own and I loved her back.
She was every bit a mom to me when I needed one. I
think about it now and realize how fortunate I was. I
was doubly loved. For I had two moms.

At seventeen I gave my mom a plaque. It read, "God
could not be everywhere so he invented moms." It
wasn't good theology but it expressed a sentiment that
many of us have had. It is hard to be a parent. I thank
God for those women; moms, step-moms, grandmoms,
aunts and big sisters, who have stepped us and loved the
children that God has given them to watch over.

The truth is that God loves us because we are his children.
He gave us life in our mother's wombs. Even though our
earthly mothers might stumble a bit, God's love is
unconditional. It is always present. It forgives our
failings. It encourages us to do our best. It lifts us up
when we are weak. Most of all, it will never fail us.

So as we celebrate Mothers Day this year, salute your
moms and give God thanks for them. If they are still
living, give them a call, send them some flowers and
find a way to say thank you. While you are at it, look
up and give a word of thanks for the One who gave
them to us. Praise God!

God bless! See you in church.
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