GET TOGETHER- The Gift of Family
Ge 2:21 -25 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.(NKJV)
This weekend is a special weekend in our nation. It is Mother’s Day. It is also special for our family in another way. We will get to celebrate my Father-in-law Ed Johnson’s 100th birthday. Not many people get to celebrate 100 years living here on planet earth.
Ed is a gift from God. He was a faithful husband to my Mother-in-law Norine for over seventy-five years. He has been an excellent role model for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He has served the Lord in his local church ,the Gideons, and the Alabama Emmaus Community. He is so talented that he can do just about anything mechanically. That has been a big help to his son-in law Preston who is not so talented in that way. There are many more things that I could say here. So, we are looking forward to a great time of celebration this weekend.
As I said earlier it is also Mother’s Day weekend. My Mother Susie Headrick went to be with the Lord in 2015. I really miss her. I know that I will see her again one day, but all of us who loved our relatives and friends that we plan to see again in Heaven still miss them here on the earth.
One of my most fond memories of my mother were when me and my brother Richard were little boys. We lived in Hull a little mining camp in Walker County a few miles from Sumiton, Alabama. She worked at the drugstore in Sumiton. They had a soda fountain there. She would always bring me and my brother a malt, or a sundae on Friday nights when she got off. We would sit on the steps and watch the cars go by waiting for her to come home. I can still see the chocolate and the walnuts on top of those sundaes in the green and white cups. For those of you that your mother is still here be sure that you bless them not just on Mother’s Day, but in some way every day.
The Lord has blessed me with a faithful wife that is a good Mother. She had a great role model in her Mother, Norine Johnson. Our daughter Jessye is a good mother, as well as our daughter -in- law Tommye.
I have had the blessings of being the Pastor to some good Mothers. Some of them have been single Mothers. They have had to take on a heavy load. Pray for these moms to have the strength, energy, and wisdom to fulfill the task of raising their children.
I mentioned me and my brother watching and waiting for our mother to come home from work and to bring us those treats. This reminds me of watching and waiting for something even better. That is when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to take his children home. Our Lord Jesus Christ had these words to say concerning His return:
Mt 24:42-44 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Wow! Now talk about a celebration! We will see our Lord Jesus Christ face to face! We will be reunited with our loved ones, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Talk about family! There is no family like the family of God! If you have repented of your sin and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sins, you are a part of this glorious family. If you haven’t why not today? It is going to be one more reunion and celebration!
Let us Pray:
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of family. We thank you Father for instituting Your Holy design for the family. May we always honor our mothers in a special way. May we always give honor to whom honor is due. Please be with each family as they celebrate this weekend. And for those that are going through some terrible situations may they know that in Jesus Christ there is always hope for a better day and one day time where there will be no death, nor sorrow and that every day will be a celebration.
In Jesus Name
Your Friend /Kinfolk
PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, it is on TV 16. Please pray for the Lord to reach the lost through these broadcasts, and to encourage the faithful.