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Kim and Kennedy Stafford

 

I wish you a happy Mother’s Day.  Whether your mother is alive and with you or if she has gone to be with the Lord, this is a day to remember and celebrate our mothers.  At the church where I serve as pastor, the Plymouth United Church of Christ, there will be 169 red and white geraniums, donated by members of the church, to honor our mothers.  The sermons for both worship services on Mother’s Day will focus on two of the famous mothers in the Bible:  Hagar (8:30 AM service) and Hannah (11 AM).  Hagar is a single mom who is forced to raise her son alone.  Hagar is put out of the house in chapter 21, and begins her journey with her son as a single mom.   It is a tough road for Hagar, but she and her son end up doing well.

 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”[1]  (Genesis 21)

Hannah, the mother of Samuel is married to a man who has another wife.  She has a difficult time getting pregnant and is teased by the other wife.  Hannah makes a vow to the Lord that if she is given a male child she will dedicate him back to God. Her story begins in 1 Samuel chapter one.  God hears the prayer of Hannah and she becomes pregnant with her first child, Samuel, the last Judge in Israel.

11 She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.” [2]  (1 Samuel 1)

I believe that there are several parallels in modern life that we can glean from both stories. All mothers are blessed for giving life.  Some mothers are single.  Others have a husband.  Regardless of the marital situation, mothers play an instrumental role in raising children.  If you are in the Detroit area, I hope you will consider worshiping with us this Mother’s Day, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your family in all ways.

Sincerely,

 

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III of Kim Stafford and her daughter Kennedy

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ge 21:9–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (1 Sa 1:10–11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.