Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Recently Susan and I traveled to the San Francisco area in California to visit with Susan’s alllng mother. It was a hard trip, not only for Susan, but for me as well. I found it very hard to stay in the room and see a woman who has come to mean so much to me in the condition she was in. I’m not sure she even knew who I was and although a smile creased her face, the usually bubbly kidder full of life, constantly giving me a hard time, was only a distant memory.

Ailean has always been a big supporter and encourager to me. She approved of me long before Susan’s dad, Lorne, did. I received a phone call from her after Susan and I moved to Dover. . . she told me “Pastor Rodney, you will always be my pastor.” I have been so blessed to have wonderful mothers, my mom, my mother-in-law, grandmothers, great grandmothers, in my life. Women who prayed for me, encouraged me, told me I could accomplish much. God has truly blessed me. Thank you mom, thank you Ailean, thank you Grandma’s Phillips, Armstrong, and Tome. You have been such a blessing in my life. I am who I am largely due to your investment into my life.

Oh, yeah . . . thank you Susan for being the mother of our wonderful TRIBE!

Loving our Mothers this day!
PASTOR ROD

Mothers – The Seeds You Sow

mothers-dayOh, the Joy of Spring! We are thrilled to see the lush green trees, grass, and flowers coming forth from the deadness of winter. We see the seeds planted from the past bursting forth in their beauty. Now is the time we begin to sow seeds. Nurturing, watering, and the warm sunshine will bring forth a harvest to enjoy all year.

“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which first dwelt in your Grandmother Lois and your Mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Tim 1:5).

Today I think about all the mothers and Grandmothers who have sowed the seeds of God’s love into our lives: Seeds of faith that began at birth.

As you embrace and unconditionally love your baby, you are sowing security and trust that you will take care of their every need. You are the first teachers in sowing knowledge and desire to be all they were created to be as they grow in God’s Word. You are the first to sow discipline, to learn obedience, and respect for your authority and God’s. Sowing of your time, teaching, and listening to their needs will surely reap a great harvest of faith, knowledge, reverence, and godly character in your child. Because of you they will grow and sow their own seeds of love, faith, and joy.

“We have no greater joy than to know that our children walk in Your truth” (3 John 1:4).

A big thank you to all the moms and grandmas!
Happy Mother’s Day!
~SUE ELIAS