Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tom, May, 2021

posted Apr 30, 2021, 10:38 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 30, 2021, 10:39 AM ]

All Those Years

My friend Debbie's two daughters were in high school when she experienced severe flu-like symptoms. Debbie visited her family doctor, who told her the flu bug had passed her by. Instead, she had been touched by the "love bug" and was now pregnant. The birth of Tommy, a healthy, beautiful son, was an event for celebration, and as time went by, it seemed as though every day brought another reason to celebrate the gift of Tommy's life. He was sweet, thoughtful, fun-loving and a joy to be around. One day when Tommy was about five years old, he and Debbie were driving to the neighborhood mall. As is the way with children, out of nowhere, Tommy asked, "Mom, how old were you when I was born?" "Thirty-six, Tommy. Why?" Debbie asked, wondering what his little mind was contemplating. "What a shame!" Tommy responded. "What do you mean?" Debbie inquired, more than a little puzzled. Looking at her with love-filled eyes, Tommy said, “Just think of all those years we didn't know each other." Alice Collins (From Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul)

I wonder if this is how Jesus feels when years go by in a person’s life and they haven’t come to know him, I mean really know him. I think about all the opportunities afforded to each of us throughout our lives and yet for many there is a distance between them and God. That distance doesn’t need to be there and certainly God yearns for the closeness of parent and child in its most beautiful form. My mom and I were close and I thank God for that.

As we think about our moms in this month of May, let us not forget that our Creator Mother/Father knew us from the beginning of time and sewed us together cell by cell
with complete unconditional love. That God sent Jesus Christ into the world to save us from all that was keeping us apart from God and that his sacrifice and our belief in his resurrection assures us that we will be reunited with pure love in the appointed time.

I would like to wish all of the wonderful ladies I know a Happy Mother’s Day!

Grace and Peace!
Pastor Tom

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