Pastor's Pen

Remember You Are Loved!

The second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day, is a special day of appreciation and remembrance. Every year, I give thanks to God for my mother. But I also give thanks that my children have a mother who has always loved and nurtured them. Ann is simply an outstanding mother, the kind of mother who would do anything to help, guide, and provide for our children. She taught Amy, by word and by example, what it means to be a loving mother and now Amy has taken those lessons to heart. Amy loves and adores her daughter, Addie. But, she knows that Addie needs more than love and adoration. She knows that Addie needs guidance and correction. Amy learned these lessons from Ann and I am confident that with God’s help, Addie will grow up to become a woman who will make a difference in life, just like her mother and grandmother.

This year Mother’s Day is especially significant in the Lowe household. We will celebrate Ann and Amy, but we will also celebrate Franklin. Why? Because on May 13, Mother’s Day, he will receive his Master of Arts (M.A.) in American History from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. So, we have a new degree and two wonderful mothers to celebrate on the same day.  

While we are in Williamsburg, the Rev. Robert D. Smith II will preach here at First Baptist. Rev. Smith is very well known to the congregation from his service as our Associate Pastor. He is currently pastor of Riverdale Community Baptist Church. I know that he will receive a warm welcome as he preaches for me on Mother’s Day.

For many people, Mother’s Day is a bittersweet holiday. No mother is perfect. All mothers, like all fathers, fail their children in certain ways. Some parents even cause their children great harm. I was blessed with loving parents who provided for my needs, but they were not perfect. None of us are. Not me, not Ann, not my parents, nor yours. God alone is perfect.

God revealed His perfect love for us by sharing His Son with us. The Son revealed His love for His Father by fulfilling His mission. On the Cross, He died for sinners, like you and me. That was the mission He was given. Because He fulfilled His mission you and I can know that we are loved by God, no matter what. We can know God’s love and forgiveness by accepting His gift of love, by following Jesus as our Savior.

This year, on Mother’s Day, on Father’s Day, on every day, remember you are loved. Love as you have been loved. Forgive as you have been forgiven. Forgiveness is often a key to our healing. Forgiving those who have wronged us, those who have failed us, is not easy. Neither is it easy to forgive ourselves.

Yes, none of us are perfect. But we can know the power of love and the power of forgiveness because of Jesus. Thanks be to God for His perfect love!

~Pastor Jeff Lowe