Dear Church,

It is a routine in my home that at 5:45 am, almost every morning, I hear the word “Mom” echoing through our downstairs. Naomi, our youngest daughter, is an early riser and she loves nothing more than to see Sara first thing in the morning. In fact, when I arrived at her bedroom door a few days ago, she looked at me with great disappointment in her face and said, “Dad, I called for Mom!”

A few weeks ago, I tried to keep track of how many times over the course of the day I heard my three girls call for their mom. No kidding, I stopped keeping track by mid-morning. Seriously, there are times when I am exhausted just listening to them call Sara’s name, so I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be in her shoes. Yet, each time they call her name, she responds with a smile and a little bit more grace than I would be able to muster in any given moment.

There is not a day that goes by where I don’t thank God for my wife. I have no idea what I would do without her! But not only do I thank God for Sara, I am also grateful for my own mother, who showed me firsthand what unconditional love looks like in the flesh. I thank God for many of my mothers from the church, who have shown me how to embody grace and kindness.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and while I won’t be preaching a sermon on Proverbs 31, I did want to take a moment in my letter to you today and remind you to be thankful for the mother figures in your life. Whether it is a biological mother, an adoptive mother, or a mother in the faith, it is a good think to stop every once in a while, to express your gratitude for these incredible women in our lives.

I hope you will make plans to be with us on Sunday as we continue our series from the Book of Acts. This week we are looking at the story of Peter and the Roman Centurion, Cornelius. It’s going to be a great day at the First Baptist Church! I can’t wait to see you on Sunday.

Grace and Peace,