Mother’s Day

 
On The Second Sunday in May (May 14th) we celebrate Mother’s Day. We remember the incredible women in our lives who devoted themselves to help raise us and generations of children and grand children… some their own… some community kids or church kids or neighbor kids… and it didn’t seem to matter. They cared enough to sacrifice and to share the faith, the hope and the love that they held dear and we pause in the rush of the everyday to express our love, our thanks and our appreciation. While obviously we should be treating the women in our families with care, support and respect during the rest of the year and not just on Mother’s Day, a single day can be a great way to remind us to get out of our own way, to remember where we have come from, and to show our gratitude. 
 
In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul writes to Timothy: I” have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives also in you.” Paul writes to remind Timothy, and us, that the greatest gift any of us can pass on to our children and grandchildren is faith. Lois and Eunice were a mother/daughter team that raised young Timothy to grow up into a man of God, ultimately becoming The Apostle Paul’s most trusted companion and disciple. It is only in Acts 1:6 and 2 Timothy 1:5 that we find any record of these women, but what a strong commendation Paul gives to them.  The name Lois means agreeable or desirable.  And she appears to have lived up to her name!  The Apostle Paul praises her as one who passed on the mantle of faith to both her daughter and her grandson. I have heard that while there are numerous grandmothers mentioned in the Bible, 2 Timothy is the only place where the term grandmother is actually used. (Greek, mamme, actually pronounced “mammy”).
 
Eunice was, like her mother, also a devout Jewess before coming to Christ. She has a Greek name that is derived from the name Nike, which was the Greek goddess of victory.  Her name actually means conquering well and was a name expressive of a good or celebrated victory.  Eunice, too, lived up to her name.  She had victory over a culture and a society that would cast her and her family aside after the death of her husband.  Through her faith in God and her study of the Scriptures she continued to trust in the promises of God who is “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows… in his holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5) There is no doubt that their devout Jewish faith and knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures prepared their hearts to hear the words of Paul regarding eternal life through Jesus Christ. 
 
Paul and Timothy shared in the work of ministry for many years.  Near the end of his life journey, Paul, from the prison at Rome awaiting trial and likely execution, writes his second letter to the one he called “his own son in the faith”, calling to remembrance the faith that had sustained Timothy, and reminding him that this very faith was first in his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Timothy had been raised to Love God and to share that Love through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  What better way is there to show and to share the love of God than by remembering and celebrating those from whom we have all received so much… our mothers and grandmothers and all the great women of faith.
 
Join us for worship on Mother’s Day (May 14th)… Be a part of the celebration…
Remember where you came from… Remember who you are.
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Mark

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