I was blessed with a godly mother who taught me to pray, read my bible, and wait on the Lord. I saw her faith in action every day. It wasn’t that she didn’t hit rough patches, nor was she perfect in everything she did. She’d be the first to tell you what a terrible sinner she was. But watching how she never let go of God when she failed was inspiring. Mom didn’t give up on God because she knew He wouldn’t give up on her. She was a blessing to me, and when I had my own children, she was a blessing to them as well. It was an incalculable loss when she died.
Two Are Better Than One
I have missed having my mother around to be a mentor for my kids growing up. Being able to lean on extended family helps children when parents are busy or want a different perspective on things. Fortunately, my children were blessed with more than one Christian grandmother. I am often amazed at God’s overflow of blessings to my family. It seems that whenever we hit a wall, He brings a ladder. My childrens’ grandmother was just that the other day.
Help On Another
In our modern society, we have lost a lot by living in small nuclear families. Growing up without aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents nearby is difficult in so many ways. Trying to juggle everything without a support system is taxing on both parents and children alike. I can see the wisdom of God’s command not to forsake the fellowship of the believers. If one can hew out a church family to supplement their own, they can be refreshed. This year has been difficult because with virtual church services and limited interaction – many people feel adrift. On top of that, social issues that had been festering just below the surfaces in many churches have caused divides and left some congregants church-homeless.
Now More Than Ever
Now more than ever, it is important to find the unmentored, the unchurched, those set adrift in these turbulent times. Share each other’s burdens—comfort one another. Share your faith. Extended a helping hand. Lead by example. Now is the time to be a generational blessing to someone who needs it. Your ripple can create a great wave.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.