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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 12, 2011 - Safe With Mom

By William E. Richardson

I remember reading a news item about a woman who stopped at a service station to refuel her car. While she pumped the gas, her 6-year-old son lay sleeping in the backseat. A man jumped into the driver’s seat, planning to steal the car. He turned the key in the ignition and stepped on the gas pedal.

The woman quickly grabbed the car door, then the steering wheel. The child woke up crying. That startled the thief. He stopped at the intersection and fled. He didn’t get far.

The mother ran after him and began beating him with the bar used to lock her steering wheel. Policemen arrived to find the woman with bloody knees from being dragged and the would-be child-napper groaning with a broken leg and fractured skull.

Solomon would say that thief’s injuries came from “a bear robbed of her cub” (Proverbs 17:12, NIV).

God made mothers to be protectors. By the time a baby is born, a woman has already protected her child for nine months. She’s ready to keep protecting.

Mothers protect from more than physical harm. Our mothers protect us from ignorance by teaching us things we need to know. They train us morally by instilling faith principles in us.

Are you in good health today? No small thanks to your mother for feeding you nourishing meals and insisting you bundle up on cold, winter days.

Are your teeth in good condition? It could be because in your childhood your mom reminded you to brush them and refused to let you eat candy every time you requested.

If you have a vibrant Christian faith, your mother most likely influenced it. Did she teach you to pray? Did she read the Bible to you before you could read? Did she take you to church and live an example for you to see?

You owe your mother more than you’ll ever be able to repay. You may recall her telling you not to run with scissors and to always look both ways before crossing the street, but you’ll never know all the ways she protected you as a child.

God may use laws, police officers, doctors, spiritual leaders and even angels to protect us throughout our lives. But before we were born, God provided for our safety by assigning our mothers to be our initial protectors.

If your mother is alive, it’s only right this week of Mother’s Day to “rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28, NKJV) for this and other contributions to your life. If her work on earth has ended, you can thank God for giving you her protective influence.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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