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May 19, 2016, 3:19 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 15, 2016

Good Morning!

            So, last week was Mother Day.  We had a great time together celebrating moms and women in our lives.  Since I spent my time with you last week, sharing insight with you through a letter to my own mother, I want to be certain I demonstrated to proper honoring of another mother in my life.

            She is not my mother, but she is the best mom that I have ever known.  This woman has never been through the act of physically giving birth.  This woman has never known what it is to have the doctor place her newborn son or daughter in her arms.  She has never experienced the “go to the hospital in the middle of the night” scenario with false labor only to be sent home for another day.              She did not experience people coming to see her in the hospital after the birth of her child.

            She did however, experience having her foster child being literally peeled from her arms by Family Services in a courthouse parking lot after raising him from 15 months to three years old after the state deemed it improper to have white parents adopt and raise a black child.  This mother watched her son, be driven away in a car screaming for her. 

            Then just weeks later, she met a six month old little girl who was white and willingly exposed her still devastated heart to this little bundle from God, not knowing if this adoption would be approved by the same people who had taken her son.  Yet, she knew it was God’s plan for her to remain available.

            The pain in this mother’s life in the beginnings of her days as a mother was confusing, devastating, and then joyous all at the same time.  God eventually answered the prayers of this mother for both of these children and so He left the little girl in her care and then brought the other one back to her “In His Time” just after he had turned six.  God vindicates the righteous- Psalm 37:6.

            This mom has been the complete and model wife to her husband and as strong as a mother “grizzly” for her children (and for her husband at times as well).  This mom is Robin.

             As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15           

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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