Today would have been my mom’s 71st birthday. It would have been but the Lord decided it was time for her to go home and to be with Him almost two years ago now. I praise the Lord that I know where she is today, her physical birthday, because she had a spiritual birthday. That spiritual birthday came through this ministry and the faithfulness of the people that make up Grace Baptist and make Grace Baptist a praying community. My mom trusted in Christ just a short time after my wife and I were saved through this ministry and began attending. I know people were praying as we would invite my mom and she would come and sit under the faithful preaching of the Word of God. Faithful prayers and faithful preaching; those two simple things made an eternal difference in my mom’s life and are making an eternal difference in lives of others in this community.
Mother’s Day weekend this May will mark the two year anniversary of one of the most gut wrenching moments in my life. We had just made the decision that my mom had no hope of recovery from her massive stroke and that we would let her die naturally. I was standing next to her in tears barely able to hold myself up telling her, “Goodbye…for now…mom. I’ll see you when I get to heaven.” Mother’s Day will never be quite the same for me.
Mother’s Day weekend this May will also mark the day that this church will make commitments to continue to reach the mom’s of this community. So, I ask you to pray. Pray like you never prayed before over these next three months. Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see how our ministry expansion will be just that– an expansion of our ministry to this community.
“I miss you mom, but I know where you are, safe in the arms of Jesus.”
That folks is what we are here for and what we are all about at Grace Baptist.