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By Pastor Rose M. Blank  St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City

As we prepare for Mother’s Day this coming weekend, it’s important to remember and honor those women who have been a significant part of our lives. Whether it’s our biological or adoptive mother, someone who fulfilled the role of mother through her care and concern for our well-being, or women in our churches or communities who are role models of faithful living, we take time to remember their impact as they have shaped us.
In the church we recognize the month of May as Christian Home Month. This year’s theme from a Discipleship Ministries resource is Families: Many Forms, Common Faith! Called to Hope. (UMCdiscipleship.org) This resource addresses the reality that many families live in conditions and situations that are less than joyful and hopeful. Yet as followers of Christ we are called to be people of hope. “We hope for a better world where everyone will feel and experience God’s love, peace, justice and grace.”
We are encouraged to be beacons of hope to those who are in the midst of difficult situations, to find ways to support those who are in need, and to offer signs of encouragement to those whose lives are filled with fear and anxiety. It may mean getting involved in ministries that provide food, clothing and shelter to those without these basic needs. Perhaps it is mentoring young families who are trying to find a better way of parenting. Maybe it’s being open to opportunities for your family to live into the words of Joshua 24: 15, “Choose this day whom you will serve…, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
On this Mother’s Day and during the entire month of May, look for those opportunities to serve God, to honor those who have helped shape your life and be a sign of hope to those around you.