From the Pastor
In his book,"Legacy of Sovereign Joy," John Piper writes that in 371 AD, at the age of 16, Augustine sneaked away from his mother in Carthage. During the night he sailed away to Rome, leaving her alone to her tears and her prayers.
How were Monica’s [Augustine’s mother] prayers answered? They were not answered in what she hoped for at the time, – that God would somehow prevent Augustine from sailing away from home. Later, she could see, kind of rear view mirror style, that God had answered her prayers in an even greater way.
Augustine himself wrote, "And what did she beg of you, my God, with all those tears, if not that you would prevent me from sailing? But you did not do as she asked you. Instead, in the depth of your wisdom, you granted the wish that was closest to her heart. For she saw that you had granted her far more than she used to ask in her tearful prayers. You converted me to yourself, so that I no longer placed any hope in this world, but stood firmly upon the rule of faith. And you turned her sadness into rejoicing, into joy far fuller than her dearest wish, far sweeter than anything she had ever hoped to find."
The most powerful force shaping our lives has been that of our mother’s prayers. Our mothers are with us at the beginning of our lives, in the middle of our lives, and through all the ups and the downs, we can count on our moms being there for us, on their knees and praying to God for our health, our welfare, and our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ.
Quote of the Week
"Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.”
William Franklin Graham Jr. was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century.