What kind of Mom do or did you have? What kind of Mom are you? Hopefully like the second one in this thoughtful poem entitled “Two Mothers” by an unknown author.
A woman sat in a hearthside place
Reading a book, with a pleasant face
Till a child came up with a childish frown
And pushed the book, saying, “Put it down.”
Then the mother, slapping his curly head,
Said, “Troublesome child, go off to bed;
A great deal of Christ’s life I must know
To train you up as a child should go.”
And the child went off to his bed to cry and denounce religion – by and by.
Another woman bent over a book
With a smile of joy and an intent look,
Till a child came up and jogged her knee,
And said of the book, “Put it down; take me.”
Then the mother sighed as she stroked his head,
Saying softly, “I never shall get it read;
But I’ll try by loving to learn God’s will,
And His love into my child instill.”
That child went to bed with never a sigh and will love the Savior – by and by.
Mothers make a Huge impact! Society can often downplay a mother’s role: “Why would you want to waste your life taking care of a kid? Get a job. Make some money. Do something for yourself!” But mothers don’t just wipe away spills and sniffles, change diapers, do the laundry, prepare meals, and much more. They are investing in little lives. They are shaping character and values. They are raising their children to love and serve the Lord. As with everything else He entrusts to us, we are stewards of our children. He has invested them into our care for a period of time and expects a good return on His investment. Mahalo, Mom, for being faithful with the keiki the Lord has given you!
This Sunday, May 8, is Mother’s Day. All women who attend will receive a special gift, plus my wife and mother of my three children, Shirley Ashpole, will share a powerful message from the life of Ruth, the Moabite foreigner who became the great-grandmother of King David and ancestor of Jesus. Please join us at 10:35am in the building or online for the Live broadcast on either Facebook (Honolulu AG) or our YouTube channel (Honolulu Assembly of God). We Livestream to both locations every Sunday morning.
The National Day of Prayer is this Thursday, May 5. Please spend extra time in prayer interceding to the Lord for our nation. There will be gatherings that day at the State Capitol (5pm street level courtyard & 6pm in the Rotunda). Our next Drive-Thru Prayer outreach is this Saturday, May 7, from 1-3pm in the church parking lot.
Coming Up: Our next teaching series begins on Sunday, May 15, and will last through Pentecost Sunday, June 5. Entitled “AND”, we will look at the Holy Spirit and Prayer, and Evangelism, and Water Baptism, and Spirit Baptism. If you are interested in being baptized in water, please let me know. It is coming up soon.
If you missed Joyce Kitano last Sunday, you really missed it! (Check out the service on our website, Facebook or our YouTube channel.) Don’t miss this Sunday’s worship service. Please join us in Person if you can or Online if you can’t.
Aloha ke Akua!