With many others we intentionally and with great care, design all worship services to bring our people into God’s Presence. There we seek to lead them in adoration of the Father and his Son and to the Holy Spirit’s direction for inspiration to serve God and Christ. We have shared in many such stimulating worship experiences through the years. And each time we’ve thanked God for gathering his people on Sunday.
Sunday, May 14, 2017, MOTHER’S DAY, brought a landmark worship service for Escondido Christian Church. By combining God’s word with life-experiences and memories of mothers and grandmothers.
A few stories were humorous. One lady said her mother was the best cook in the world. She wished she had paid attention! One said a coat of paint covers a multitude of sins. This writer wondered aloud if that was the same idea as “women need make-up because every old barn needs new paint.” Only groans filled the air. Another said her mother always told her never go anywhere if she couldn’t come home on roller skates. Couldn’t figure that one! Still another told her daughter to “marry a rich man.” “But what if I don’t love him?” she queried. “You can Learn to Love him!!” she declared.
One guy noted that his mom married his dad after his first wife—mom’s sister—died in childbirth. Thanks, mom, he said, “I wouldn’t want to look like Aunt Gertie.”
A few accounts remembered their mother or grandmother’s concern for others. Two stories related their desire to help others, to always be kind to others and to say only good things about them. Another related the patience of their maternal leader. She never raised her voice in anger and never complained about anything. (Since we have a very informal congregation, on hearing this one, one of the ladies piped up with, “That certainly doesn’t apply to me.”)
Another to the positive effect mom and her mother had on her life. They cared for husbands through multiple surgeries, offering long-term care and provided daily help in practical needs. Our lady learned care-giving from them: ministering to her mom for almost 15 years, then to her own husband.
A pleasant shock rolled through the group when a daughter by email related her own story. At 9 years of age she had fallen off her speeding bicycle and struck her head on an upraised sprinkler head. That left her in a coma for months, from which she emerged with some brain damage. She suddenly couldn’t read, write or do her sums. Her mother tirelessly worked with a teacher and principal to re-teach memory skills. She recovered and gained 3 education degrees—partially to celebrate her ability to do it. She counseled that the odds against such a recovery had been diminished by getting immediate rehab help. – End Part I –
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