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The mother-side of God

May 17, 2018
By Pastor Roger Lemke ( , Pine Island Eagle

My class was discussing company slogans. I asked which company had the slogan: "FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES" and Joe answered; "United Airlines." I asked which company has the slogan: "DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT" and Brenda answered: "American Express." Then I asked our class jock, Curtis which company has the slogan: "JUST DO IT" and he said; "That's easy, it's my Mom!"

On Sunday we honored our moms and the many things we learn from our moms. For example, My mom taught me religion saying: "You'd better pray that comes out of the carpet."

My mother taught me medicine and weather facts saying: "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

My mother taught me to be a contortionist saying: "Will you look at all of the dirt on the back of your neck!"

My mother taught me about genetics: "You're just like your father!"

My mother taught me about logic: "Because I said so, that's why! Just do it!"

Just like a good mother, God comes to us with a reminder: "I am giving you a new commandment. You must love one another as I have loved you" (Jn. 13:34).

Most of us never liked mother's whispered reminders: "Don't forget to do your homework!" "Don't forget to brush your teeth." "Don't pick your nose in public!"

God gives us the whispered reminder to keep His commandments because just like mom's whispered reminders, He wants to mold and shape us. The $50 theological word for this molding and shaping is sanctification (Jn. 17:17) which literally means "the process of becoming holy."

Jesus prays that God will "Sanctify us in truth because His word is truth." (Jn. 17:17). Through the Holy Spirit, God's hands, like a mother's hands, are lovingly wrapped around us, slowly molding and shaping our behavior into a lifelong process of spiritual growth.

In the life of the home, mom is like the Holy Spirit. She's the sanctifier who tends to the details of human development making sure that we sit right, speak right and dress right. Sure, dad understands that kids must wear pants, but mom understands that the pants should be clean, ironed and have a belt at the waist. Mom would never say: "Let me smell that shirt. Yeah, it's good for another couple days."

On Mother's Day, I hope that you remembered that God, like a good mom, has His hands wrapped around you. And please remember that a good mom is a gift from God. But do not forget that often our relationship with God is a gift given by mom.

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information about programs offered.



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