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Pastor’s Pen May 10, 2017

“Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” I John 3:18

How did you know that you were loved as a child? When we were little kids, our Dad could make anything or fix anything. He built our house and dog-house, poured the concrete for the driveway, seeded the dirt of our 100 foot lot and mowed the grass when it came up.  Every morning he got up and went to work while it was still dark, and came home every night for dinner. In short, he kept us warm and safe and dry, and though he did not say so, we knew he loved us.

Mom’s love for us was more complicated. She saw us through every illness, scraped knee and school project. A stay-at-home Mom, she made sure we had clean clothes, lunch money and our homework completed. Occasionally she would rush it off to school mid-morning when we forgot it on the kitchen table. She was funnier than Dad, and sent us into fits of giggles from time to time over nothing. She also told us often that she loved us.

So it came as some surprise that my brother and I got so mad at her when we were older. She shrugged. “Why wouldn’t you be mad at me? Since I was always there, you associate me with every bad thing that ever happened to you.” She meant it to be funny. We laughed.

How wise was the writer of the letters to John. “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” He knew the great power of showing love. It’s not that words don’t matter. We certainly all love to hear someone say: “I love you.” But as we approach Mother’s Day, what we likely remember the most is how our mothers showed us love, by what she did for us, by her example, through some action that may have seemed inconsequential to her but shaped our lives, as we grew up watching.

When Jesus said, “love one another”, we need look no further than our mothers who showed us the way.

Prayer: God our Mother, thank you for showing us love: by forgiving us, cherishing us, championing us, healing us, and provoking us to our best selves for your glory.

God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland