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What I Learned from Momma…

May 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

–Martin Rinkart, 1636

560fe1eac7670f5ebfbc5a947b2ef4aaThis Sunday is Mothers Day. So, I am curious: “What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?”

A few years ago, I posed this question. Here are some of my favorite replies:

  • “Sleep when the baby sleeps!”
  • “Your attitude is a choice you make each day. Choose wisely!”
  • “Wiggle the door nob.” In other words, just because an opportunity looks closed to you, doesn’t mean it actually is.
  • Marry someone you respect.”
  • “Just add butter.”
  • “Assume good intentions.”
  • “Keep the faith!”

My own mother was supportive, strong and smart. She was a master gardener and darn good cook. She drove a tractor and was crazy competitive at Trivial Pursuit.

She wasn’t big on dispensing wisdom, but I always knew where I stood with her. Watching her tackle life with gusto and her faith with grace was clear counsel.

I miss her mightily.

I know Mothers Day brings up all kinds of thoughts and emotions, but maybe a good way to reflect on this occasion is to ask: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?

Please share your thoughts, my wise friends.

See you in worship,


PS  This Sunday, I will be preaching on the blessings that come when one generation shares its faith with the next, as together we continue our encounter with your favorite Bible passages.

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  • Katy KeckNo Gravatar

    You can chew gum wherever you want, as long you want to chew it in your bedroom.

    The only time you don’t write a thank you note is when someone doesn’t give you a gift. (always within 24 hours).

    For a full place setting: work from the outside in and when in doubt, follow my lead.

    She was our scout leader and once we were on a camping trip but stuck in a church basement due to weather. Without a campfire to cook dinner, the only girls who knew how to cook dinner in a kitchen were the ones that already were pitching in mightily at home. The ones that just watched complained when it wasn’t cooked to their satisfaction – while they stood at the head of the line. With one quick proclamation – the first shall be last – my mother rearranged that line, putting the cooks up front and the complaining observers at the back. No one has ever forgotten that sermon.