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I think that it might seem strange for me to publish the articles series that I started yesterday about Confederate Monuments without commenting on the protests. Those were scheduled a few weeks ago to publish at this time, and I was concerned that something new would be at the forefront by the time they posted(welcome to our media culture)… and I was right.  So, I am trying to apply some thoughts and hopefully increase some awareness about the current NFL – centered protest movement.

Some of those principles will apply here for sure, too, so this is an overall

I take no personal issue when people protest something; that is for sure… No matter what they protest and how they do it. What and how someone protests is about them, not me.

However, I sure appreciate some things about some protests more than others.

  1. I sure appreciate when the protest is non-violent and is unlikely to cause damage to people’s lives.
  2. I appreciate when those protesting are extremely clear about what they are protesting.
  3. I also understand that a protest has to make people uncomfortable and must draw attention to itself or it might as well not happen. This is something that people who are uncomfortable with a protest need to keep in mind.   Protests are meant to cost you something so that you sit up and pay attention!

For example, we are about to celebrate the 500th anniversary of one of the most important protests of all times – the Protestor Reformation (aka Protestant Reformation) … in itself, it was non-violent (though many of the responses to it weren’t).

It was super clear – at least at the beginning. Luther posted the exact issues that he was wanting to reform.

So, I also am not very troubled by the current NFL protests, but based on what I listed as what I appreciate, I have some ideas that I think would help us all in regards to it.

  1. It is nonviolent and is unlikely to cause actual damage to anyone. I appreciate that. It is likely to cost owners and the NFL billions in lost revenue, but those are private individuals and they will have to decide how to handle it.

Playing football is a job and a privilege – not a right. It is certainly legal for the players to protest and it would be legal for the league to enforce its own rules if it wants to, or for owners to implement their own rights as owners.

If an owner decides that the protests are hurting his/her business too much and decides to forbid the protests, or create consequences for them, that is appropriate too. If one of Alethia’s counselors decided to protest in a way that cost us clients, I would be sound in my decision to remove them from my team. I am not impacting their freedom of speech – they can still protest, if legal. They just cannot protest as a member of my team of counselors.

That brings up an issue that is worth mentioning:

Freedom of anything doesn’t mean the freedom from any consequences for practicing that freedom! If you are going to practice your freedom of speech, others will practice their freedom of speech in disagreement. How absurd to practice freedom of speech and then ask (or force) everyone to stay silent in response to your protest! A protest is meant to be an invitation to join the conversation or the conflict in a new way.

So, if you are going to protest, then of course you will get pushback and conflict… again, that is the nature of a protest. Remember how you want to make people uncomfortable or cost them something? So, to complain about what people SAY about you in your protest is pretty silly.

However, protests can be about moral issues that transcend even issues of legality. If you are willing to break the law in order to protest, then consequences can go beyond just words. Depending on how serious you are about your protest, you may need to be prepared to die for it.

  1. My main concern with the current protest is that I think the protesters are not being very clear about what exactly they are protesting and that is leading to a lot of confusion and unnecessary anger.

I know this essentially started with an individual, but I don’t know that he is or was in any way, a spokesperson

for a protest movement.  Spokespersons are

powerful agents of clarity.

A quick glance online says that the current protest is against #1 police brutality, #2 Donald Trump, #3 social and racial injustice, #4 the treatment of black Americans, #5 the flag and the nation it represents, #6 the anthem itself and the man who wrote it… and that it isn’t a protest at all, but a show of unity. And that is from only 5 websites!

I can see that some of those are similar, but I think a more effective protest would be clearer as to what they want to accomplish. I think that lack of clarity of message is what has created distraction from the value of the protest.  It has led some people to think that the protest is about the military, or NFL leadership or just a hatred for America.

I cannot support anything that dishonors the work of soldiers or professional responders as a group, so I need to know what I am responding to and at the beginning of the article, I didn’t know. Here is a prediction: some people will respond to this article as to what “the real reason” people knelt this last Sunday at the games… but they won’t agree as to what that was.

So, what if I sympathize with #3 & 4 above, but not #5 & 6? Should I support the protest or resist it?

If more people knew that kneeling was meant to model a soldier kneeling next to a wounded comrade (see article below), then kneeling as a response to the anthem might not seem as offensive to American Patriots.

For example, it was intriguing to learn that the reason Kaepernick (the recent-first to sit in protest during the anthem) switched from sitting on the bench to kneeling was because of a conversation with a soldier/NFL player (Nate Boyer).   Did you know about that?  I sure didn’t until starting to research for this article.  They decided that sitting was rude to soldiers but kneeling was a statement of support for soldiers but not support for the country that oppresses people (this is paraphrase, but very true to the original statements I found, see article below)…

It seems that they imagined the kneeling being similar to a soldier kneeling by a fallen or injured comrade.

This is what I mean about having a clear message, and/or a clear spokesperson.  I think if people understood the motive and message of the kneeling (if that is accurate), there would be MUCH less (unnecessary) offense taken.

Most of us are not willing to support anything that comes across as insulting to our military.  My opinion is that we should find ways to avoid that… and anything that seems to insult the Anthem is often connected to them.   Anytime insult to the military could be inferred, a protest must tread lightly and clearly (have I said that yet?)

I would love if there were a way for this protest movement to distance itself from even seeming insulting to our military men and women.  I think it could do that with even just a clear explanation for WHY they are kneeling (rather than other things).  It might be better done at another time during the platform that athletes have in the US in order to avoid that connection if it isn’t intended (and apparently it isn’t.)

Anyway, I think that point is made.

I agree that there are still systemic and unashamed racial issues that can be improved upon – even though things are and have been improving.  So, we need to experience some discomfort in order to be reminded of the need to change (ask any of us therapists).  Ask any African American man and he will have accounts of facing it… and it must stop!  

Please, God.

So, I appreciate the attention to the general issue, while I offer the feedback above to make it more valuable for the target audience.

As Christians, we come from a protest movement as Jesus Christ came to fulfill a covenant and usher in a new one. 

This is the good news.  Jesus came to save us from so much, and thinking we are somehow more special than anyone else is one of those things.  Our need for a savior unites us in ways that nothing else divisive can compare.  Christians, let us not be so distracted by whether we agree with the way someone protests during a sporting event or a national anthem.  Look past our own discomfort to their hurt… AND defend the appreciation of those who put their lives on the line for us, too.  Peacemakers can do that.

Finally, I will comment that one of the distinctives of the Christian ethic is supposed to be an orientation toward action, not just protestation.  I have wondered allowed how much difference could be made if these thousands of marchers were to focus their energies toward something intentional – more missional – than merely marching.

Marching brings attention to an issues, and as said above, I appreciate the need for that… but what if 50,000 marchers descended on the local Salvation Army and offered to help for the next hour?  Spread out among the soup kitchens?  Worked for two hours and donated all that income to a cause, etc?  Would it improve things more substantially than marching?  I don’t pretend to understand the dynamics of all of that, but I would guess that goes back to leadership again.

This was a helpful article for some of this (obviously, I looked at a handful of others, but I am uncomfortable linking to them for various reasons): http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/actually-nfl-players-protesting-national-anthem/2080704/)



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We will be hosting a Speech & Debate Tournament here in Tyler on Feb 26, 27, and 28th…. at Calvary Baptist Church on Old Jacksonville (the schedule is below).  We need and would love to have local judges come and judge speeches and debates.  Come and be encouraged and impressed by bright leaders of the future engage in high quality speeches and debates.  It gives me hope every time I judge!

304_STOA_Christian_HomeschoolYou need to set aside whatever time is available, plus about 30 minutes for training.  Anyone can do this… and it is fun for the kids to have local people come and judge!

I expected this to be like kids badly doing some school concert that I would help and tolerate how bad it really is… but I was super impressed and encouraged it!

If you are in the Tyler area and interested, please let me know!  You can email me at chrismlegg@gmail.com.


Thursday, February 26

Starts Ends Name
7:30 AM 8:00 AM Student Check In
8:00 AM 10:00 AM LD/TP Round 1
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Speech Pattern A- Round 1
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM 2:30 PM LD/TP Round 2
2:30 PM 4:30 PM Speech Pattern B- Round 1
4:30 PM 5:45 PM Parli Round 1/ Juniors
5:30 PM 6:15 PM Dinner
6:15 PM 7:30 PM Parli Round 2
7:30 PM 8:45 PM Parli Round 3

Friday, February 27

Starts Ends Name
7:45 AM 8:00 AM Announcements
8:00 AM 10:00 AM LD/TP Round 3
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Speech Pattern A- Round 2
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM 2:30 PM LD/TP Round 4
2:30 PM 4:30 PM Speech Pattern B- Round 2
4:30 PM 6:30 PM LD/TP Round 5
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM 8:15 PM Parli Round 4

Saturday, February 28

Starts Ends Name
7:30 AM 7:45 AM Parli Topic Draw
7:45 AM 8:30 AM Parli Round 5 Followed by Announcements
10:30 AM 12:30 PM LD/TP Round 6
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Parli Round 6 / Juniors
2:30 PM 4:30 PM TP Finals
3:00 PM 4:00 PM LD Finals
4:30 PM 5:30 PM Parli Finals
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Clean Up and Dinner
6:30 PM 7:30 PM Awards Ceremony

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What did Pope Francis say? 2v2-francis-pope

Is has been widely reported that recently, at a speech before the “Pontifical Academy of Sciences” on 10/27/14, Pope Frances made a number of statements that have drawn special attention.

The one drawing the most attention is: “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life…” as reported, for example, in USATODAY (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/28/pope-francis-evolution-big-bang/18053509/).

This phraseology has understandably created some dramatic responses! Could this be the Pope – the leader of over half of the Christians in the world – be denying the Divinity of God?

I know honestly little about this Pope. I know that he has been at the center of many controversies about things he has said before – some possibly accurate, but most have apparently not been accurate.

I know that he is well liked by many not even a part of Christianity (and some in opposition to Christianity), and maybe that makes some nervous about him. However, I have tried to evaluate him based on what he actually says or does.

In this case, his words about evolution or the Big Bang are of no personal concern to me, since I share in his apparent thoughts on them both – I agree that they are at least both completely acceptably in line with biblical and theological interpretations (here is an example of a creative one – catch the pun? See what I did there? ;-)… sometimes in perfect harmony with the biblical accounts (read these, for example)… and I think even in some ways answers some tough questions…

Personally, I am gratified that another representative of Christianity is espousing the idea that science and the Christian Faith are NOT in contradiction… That faith is “trust”, not “ignorance”.

But I do not think we would be even hearing about the Pope’s views on creation or science would be of interest to anyone if the Pope were denying the Divinity of The only Divine God. That would be pretty important, huh?

Fortunately, he wasn’t.

The pope was speaking in Italian, not English. What he actually said (according to the transcript found at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2014/october/documents/papa-francesco_20141027_plenaria-accademia-scienze.html)


“Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti.”

The word “demiurgo” has a specific meaning to the Catholic world – but it does not seem to have an awesome English equivalent. It seems to stem from the ancient conflict with the Gnostics. The Gnostics believed in a main God and many Sub-gods… kind of “godlets”. The Catholic word for these sub-gods… sot of “divine-ish” beings – is “demiurgo”.

You can see more detail at (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04707b.htm)…

So, in essence, the Pope was saying that God is not some sub-god nor some magician with a magic wand, but The Creator – the One God who Created all things. That makes sense.

I am all for holding any public figure who claims Christ, to account for their words… as I hope others hold me accountable. God knows that I have said wrong, stupid and foolish things in the past. However, I do think that this time, there is nothing in the Pope’s words to cause concern for other Christians. Continue to pray for all of our leaders!  Pray for their integrity to scripture and reason!

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I thought I would re-release this conversation as 9-11 is coming around again soon…


“The duty of planning tomorrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present.”

CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

This next little series is going to be very different from things I have published in the past… and I am honestly concerned that someone will think I am going off of the deep end.  I certainly hope I am not.

I want to write a series of short articles for a very specific intention.  I want to encourage all of my friends and neighbors to prepare themselves to survive without commercial, government, or retail help for at least a few weeks… maybe a month, at minimum.

Before I start on that path, though, I want to explain that I am not what would be thought of as a “prepper.”  We do not have a massive arsenal, years of stockpiled food and doomsday-preppers.jpgsupplies, a bomb shelter, or even a generator (yet).  I do believe that society-ending events are possible, but unlikely.  I dislike the thought of using limited resources to prepare for something that I think is unlikely or worse, unavoidably lethal.   Those were resources that could have been used in a powerful way to impact people today!

However, I think society level interruptions are likely… and most of them can probably be ridden out with wisdom, creating the chance to minister to needy people, and help avoid a society interruption that turns into a society ending event.

Our system can recover from most things, I think, if enough of us can tend our own gardens during the time it might take a system to reset.

Think of traffic.

Traffic can be caused by an accident, but in that case, the resulting jams are pretty unavoidable until things are cleaned up.  However, most traffic is caused by one person, or a series of people, unable to respond gracefully to a curve in the road, a blown tire in imgID47878337.jpg.gallery.jpgthe road, or an accident going the opposite direction… so they brake. And the car after them brakes… and so forth.

Now, consider a crisis in which food delivery was interrupted for three weeks in your community.  If most people could settle in, help one another (a big issue for me that I will comment on later), and wait until the service could be restored, then the crisis could be awful, but not society ending.

However, imagine what happened in New Orleans at a more massive scale.  Imagine if food and water had not taken 2 days to get to people, but two weeks!  What would we have seen?  In two days we saw looting and worse.  In two weeks, the entire area would likely have devolved to true anarchy.  If the anarchy had spread, or been regional rather than just an area of one city, then what?

If most people within a region, state or worse (as I assume is accurate, but have no way of knowing) run out of food and water in less than a week, then everything else will break down too via riots, rampaging mobs, etc…  What might have been fixed in a month might never be recovered as people abandon their jobs, and thus power, water, medical help, etc collapse and the situation escalates quickly.

Could governmental systems that we rely on respond well enough, soon enough, and effectively enough?

Do they typically with much smaller issues?

Have they in the past? (we will examine at least one of them before we are done)…

I want to encourage my friends and neighbors to consider being prepared to survive without that outside intervention so that we can be part of the solution rather than adding to the problems of such a situation.

As a Christ-follower, I am not afraid of such situations.  My faith and God can sustain me in any situation… but I would see it as a great opportunity, that since I can reach into the community and help in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Also, my goal is to avoid radical out-of-the-box thinking on these… I want to instead offer up some short looks at some historical events, that if repeated, would require a family/community to survive for a significant period of time with little-no outside help.

So, I will not be examining global robot domination, no Zombies… though there is some risk of self aware computers taking over someday 😉  because it has not happened in the past.  However, I will write a short article about the potential effect of solar flares on ourzombies-no.jpg complex electrical systems, because it has happened before.  I will take a look at governmental failures, because they happen all the time.

(while I was writing this, the US government experienced a “shutdown” which actually had little impact on the majority, but greatly impacted a few.  A FB message stood out to me as a mother panicked that she would not be able to get formula for her baby bc she assumed WIC and other dependency programs might be shut down.  They were not, but it makes a point… if we depend on someone or something undependable, we will get left hanging eventually).

So, look out in the next few weeks for historical examples of things that we, as a race, if not a nation, have faced before under different circumstances and how we might be prepared to face them in the current less flexible existences we lead.

My main goal is to motivate families to make rational, wise, and healthy preparations for a tough time… and a desire to help their neighbors…

Information, not fear.

Planning, not paranoia.

Looking to be a good neighbor…

I hope you appreciate the ideas and thoughts.

list of things to prepare

possible grid-grinders:

influenza (or any sickness)

solar flares (or an EMP attack)

financial meltdown (triggered by any source)

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Book Review

Periodically, an author will ask me to read their books a post a review of it.  This is a great honor and it usually means getting a book out of the deal… and I have a hard time saying “no” to a book.

Recently, Brad Berger’s team sent me a copy of  his “Unplug and Play, 50 Games that Don’t Need Charging.”

It really is a simple book with a basic premise/promise… to offer up dozens of different games that people can play together without the need for electronic devices – and in almost every case, not even a board or dice… 90% of these games can be played with nothing more high-tech than a pencil and a piece of scratch paper!

They are grouped into 6 different categories.  Inside of these categories, the games are pretty much different creative versions of a central game concept.

As a fan of families doing stuff together, and of the power of games to make us think, learn and most importantly, learn to think, I really approve of this book.

I think that is the right word, too – approve.  The book isn’t going to win a Pulitzer, (though it is pretty clever in places) but that isn’t its purpose.  You know the game sets that you can buy that have one board and you can play chess, checkers, Chinese checkers, backgammon, etc. all in one box?  This book is like that, except with about 10x the game ideas and 1/10 the preparation needed even for those – and it takes up about 8x5x 0.25 inches.

Families need to be spending time together – reading, watching movies, sure… and playing games.  It helps kid learn to deal with conflict, jealousy issues, how to deal in a healthy way with competition, strategic and tactical thinking, and more.  I think this book would be a handy guide for anyone who wants to play games with friends and family but don’t want to shell out the $30 for a single-dimensional game from the toy store.

Ok, a final note on recommending this book.  Our family has and plays games regularly – cards, dominoes, chess, and all kinds of other things.  We even play some of the games talked about in “Unplug.”  So, let me tell you what I intend to do with this copy now that I have read it and taken some ideas from it – it is going into my “Prep” materials.

Maybe this sounds odd, and, again, I am no prepper by any stretch of the word… but I do like being prepared – planning.  One of the things I have wondered about is the issue of “boredom” in a future that might be a lot different from the present.  Maybe we would work in the light and non-stop and sleep in the dark, but as a dad, I am guessing that even in a world like that, kids will get bored, and their brains would need stimulation.  This book would be a great addition to any prepper’s supply bag – and it carries a lot of bang for its size and weight – dozens of low-tech games in a small book.  Anyway, as I read it, it struck me as having additional value in that role that maybe even the author didn’t plan on.

I hope you enjoy “Unplug” and I especially hope that you will be playing games with you family.  The family that plays together, stays together, after all… or is it “prays”?  I recommend both.


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I took this from various websites, but most appreciated the first two listed below:

I used Wikipedia to help me as a “Cliff’s notes” guide some as well.

Osiris and his son, Horus are two of the most popular of the ancient religious figures linked to the account of Christ… and certainly make the most sense, given that the Hebrew people were closely linked to the Egyptians.   Unless you believe the Egyptians (who deny ever having any slave in their entire history), the Israelites spent 400 years enslaved within their culture.

It would make sense that some of the religious icons and traditions of the Egyptians culture might infect the Jewish faith and thus, eventually, the early Christians… and of course, the account of Jesus’ childhood also includes a trip down toe Egypt-land.

Also, one of the first people to make some of these kind of alleged connections was Gerald Massey, the poet, spiritualist and a non-professional Egyptologist… and his claimed connections were Horus and Christ.

Others have added Osiris into this mix as a potential connection as well, so I went ahead and told his story here as well. 


As is typical of Egyptian and Indian myths, there are many versions of his story.

Much of what we have about Osiris was written by Plutarch who lived from AD46-120)

He became the God of the afterlife

Green skinned with Pharaoh beard

Mummy wrapped legs

Son of Geb (Earth god) and Nut (sky goddess)

Horus was his son.

He was the judge of the dead and the keeper of the source for all life.

He was called the Lord of Love and The Lord of Silence

He was killed by his brother, Set.  Being the first living thing to die, he became the god of the dead.

His wife, Isis (and sister), rejoined the broken pieces of Osiris all except the penis (it was eaten by a catfish, apparently), so she fashioned a golden one for him.  She brought him back to life just long enough to be impregnated by him.  She conceived Horus.

The Egyptians believed that the sun spent the night in the underworld and was reincarnated every morning.  Sometimes this was connected to Osiris.  So was the way that plants died and came back each year.

Sometimes, Osiris’ soul was worshipped almost distinctly from him.

He was worshipped as a fertility god, and as lord of the underworld through whom the dead live in the afterlife.  Only those who satisfied him of their goodness could gain admission.  Many prayers and spells have been found in hopes of securing his blessings.


Or Horus (His son)…

His story, too, is complicated and variable, as is typical of Egyptian myth.

The symbol for Horus is the Falcon – which has been worshipped in Egypt for a very long time.  He was probably originally thought of as the “Sky god”… His right eye was the sun and the left the moon and his wings the sky.

He was most often portrayed as a man with the head of a falcon.

He also became seen as the god of the East… the King was reborn each day as the sun again.  This was a common teaching about sun gods… or more often, the sun itself.

Later, another version of Horus arose, as the eye of Horus.

Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis – two gods.  One report is that he was born on the 31st day of the Egyptian month of Khoiak.

Horus had a consort, Hathor, and they had a son, Harsomptus.

Horus also had an uncle – Set.  The two vied for the throne of Osiris (see more about Osiris above) after Osiris’ death at the hands of Set (transformed into a monster)…

Set challenged Horus to a contest.  Set cheated in each event, but his mother, Isis, caught him in cheating.  Mercifully, Isis let him live.  Horus got angry with his mother, which motivated the other gods to set up one more challenge – a boat race.

Set foolishly made his boat of stone and it sank.  He turned himself into a hippo and attacked Horus, who fought him off.

The other gods sought insight from the dead Osiris, who said that Horus should be the rightful king since Set had become king through murder.  Finally the gods decided that Horus should be king.






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Rebekah Rains, Paul McKenzie and I put together this prayer for our church this Mother’s Day.

We know that though Mother’s Day is a wonderful time for so many, there are also hundreds of thousands who dread church on Mother’s Day – so many have pain and hurt connected to that day and are so afraid of how the church might recognize mothers.

Who is a mother?  Who counts?  My wife and I have had 3 miscarriages, 3 biological kids, 1 adopted child, and 2 foster children, some specially claimed spiritual children and, I hope, hundreds of others impacted by us as parents for them… so how many do we have?

I remember at one of our churches, we did the “all the mothers stand up…” and the pastor would count up and mothers would sit when the number surpassed the number of children they had.

Later, my wife and I discussed how long she should have kept standing.  And we kind of decided that church needed to be more aware of real life.

Anyway,  here is the prayer and the introduction.


Perhaps for you today is a day that is nothing but a joy to recall and celebrate.

Perhaps today is hard; maybe your relationship the very concept of “mom” is difficult at best.

Perhaps you celebrate, as your definition of what a mom is has been broadened to include those who have blessed you with the examples of God’s maternal traits, and you have learned to pass those along as well.

Perhaps every year there is an aspect of grief over a loss in your family.

Or perhaps today is simply the day you do not have to choose where to go out to eat…or you do get to, for a change.

Any woman representing the maternal aspects of the character of God is a mother.  His strong, nurturing, sacrificial, warm and compassionate traits are the cosmic standard of mothering.

All of us have at least one mom, who took the role of giving birth to us.  Most of us have hundreds or thousands of women who have been moms to us, representing those aspects of God.

We want to take advantage of the fact that our culture celebrates moms today by praying for them in a special way here…

So, Lord, we ask that you pour out your special blessings to those who represent you maternal aspects today:

God, thank you for your gift of mothers (James 1:17).

Thank you that you give us spiritual life like a mother gives us physical life (Isaiah 46:3-4).

Thank you that you won’t forget us like a mother who won’t forget the child she cares for (Isaiah 49:14-15).

Thank you that you give peace and comfort like a mother comforts a little one (Isaiah 66:12-13).

And thank you that we, like the apostle Paul, can claim spiritual mothers in our lives. (Romans 16:13).

And thank you for the all the mothers who display such truths to us (Proverbs 6:20).

And thank you for providing many moms of the gospel whom we count as a blessing from you (Mark 10:29-30).

May you bless them and keep them, make your face shine upon them, and give them your peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

We ask your special blessing on all mothers:

We thank you for mothers… In the trenches, seeking to create Christ followers by rocking, changing diapers, Band-Aids… giving medicine, listening, loving, hoping, giving keys and curfews, planning weddings, holding grandchildren and great grandchildren – theirs and others – and praying and praying and praying.

So we pray for them too…

We lift up today the

Birth mothers who gave up their children,

Mothers whose children have died,

Mothers who have had miscarriages or adoptions that fell through,

Mothers of aborted babies,

Future mothers in the midst of the challenges of infertility,

Pregnant mothers,

Mothers waiting for adoption,

Moms of many and moms of one,

Foster moms,

Step moms,

Spiritual moms,

Single moms,

Moms who have broken relationships with their children…

Our mothers.  My mothers… my mother.

In Jesus’ name… Amen



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