God be praised for another Lord’s Day, on Mother’s Day!
While it has been quite some time since I’ve last blogged, my schedule has moved at a quicker pace. When first arriving at Shiloh in September of 2016, I would tell people that I expected things to slow down and get back to ‘normal’ within the coming year. 2016 has come and gone; and so has 2017 and 2018. Now I have come to accept the rapid speed as my new normal.
I love it!
As a consequence, my prayer life has intensified. My devotional formation has become the staple of my entire bent toward sanity. With a growing congregation, growing sons and a 19+ year marriage….how I thank God for this journey!
Our Sunday began with continental breakfast with Mom’s! A couple of our members, Roberta Sherman and Sharon Jones, led the way in making this fellowship a success. They went over and above in showing love and appreciation to all of our mothers.
The 2nd Sunday of each month is our Children and Youth Sunday. The children, youth and young adults led us in worship; and also did a special presentation for the mother’s present.
I made an attempt to share from Deuteronomy 32:11-12 and entitled the message “Parenting Like an Eagle”. I am one of the preachers who would consider Mother’s Day one of the hardest days to preach. Since I’ve been pastoring, I have always looked back on Mother’s Day, wishing I had done a better job with the sermon. While I had difficulty in the delivery of the sermon, I do think I communicated the truth contained in the text; and believe God’s people were ultimately helped. I am grateful for the family who came forward to become a part of our congregation. The Lord is about to expand Shiloh in ways we have never seen. I am humbled and honored that He would allow me to be in the midst of what He is about to do!
It is an honor to lead God’s people; and it is an even greater honor to Pastor and Shepherd a people I love, and enjoy being around. I am well aware that the Lord did not have to lead me to a place such as Shiloh. I don’t take it for granted; and I pray that God continues to sustain us, expand us and keep us together.
I am looking forward to taking a break within the next few weeks. Praying for all students who are closing out this school year; and for teachers who are preparing for a short time of rest and renewal.
I was blessed by your Mother’s Day sermon. It was a timely word, reinforcing and guiding us in parenting with wisdom. And always, thank you for your prayers.