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    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. ...

A Day at a Time: A Praying Mother

By Scott Harrup
May 9, 2010

In 1780, her husband and son — the future second and sixth presidents of the United States — were on a diplomatic mission to France. Abigail Adams wrote to son John Quincy Adams of her joy at learning of their safe sea voyage.

“Your letter … soon gave ease to my anxiety, at the same time that it excited gratitude and thankfulness to Heaven, for the preservation you all experienced in the imminent dangers which threatened you. … You have seen how inadequate the aid of man would have been, if the winds and the seas had not been under the particular government of that Being, who ‘stretched out the heavens as a span,’ who ‘holdeth the ocean in the hollow of his hand,’ and ‘rideth upon the wings of the wind.’ ”

On July 16, 1969, the world watched Apollo 11 lift off for the moon. For months Neal Armstrong’s mother, Viola Armstrong, had been praying fervently for her son’s safety and for a successful mission.

“For so long I had been talking with my Lord,” Viola Armstrong later recalled, “and for so long He had been giving me strength. … We all had explicit faith in NASA and our boys, and I had a feeling that our Heavenly Father was the Supreme Commander over all.”

 Praying mothers. If you have one, you are blessed in ways you can only partially discern in this life. Heaven’s record will reveal the defeated temptations, averted dangers and outright acts of divine protection that came in response to countless mothers’ prayers through the ages.

I look forward to examining that record, because I know my life could have followed any number of sorrowful pathways in the absence of my mother’s prayers for me.

This Mother’s Day Edition of the Pentecostal Evangel honors moms who have fulfilled their life-giving role through unflagging reliance on God’s Word and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Such a foundation will prove trustworthy no matter who you are.

Scott Harrup

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