Perseverance In The Fire

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Hurricanes, fires, COVID-19, job loss, riots, protests, family tensions high. We are in a season of testing. Testing of our faith.

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A mother’s 3 words that guided this woman’s life journey

PietaPatience, Pluck, and Perseverance … the mantra of Mama, and my guiding path as I walked, ran, skipped, stumbled, and climbed through my childhood, teenage years, and early adult years.

My eyes rolled when I heardPatience, Pluck, and Perseverance.”

Later, I came to understand the wisdom in those words, and without realizing it, I adopted the concepts … just gave them different words: wait for the Lord, possess His promises, walk in His power.

As I studied the Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, I was reminded of the great love a mother has for her children. I stood there and wept as I remembered that

… Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35

I know that there were times when Mama’s heart was pierced through when we were growing up, either by things we did or by things we experienced. Yet, as Mary, she stood by her children and served them. Patience, pluck, and perseverance.

I’m remembering the many afternoons that she sat with me in the hospital and the times that she sat with my brother in a small hospital in Weleetka, Oklahoma.

I’m remembering how she cared for Daddy in all his illnesses.

Mama’s life’s journey has been one of service, and like Mary, she has shown that her:

soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; …. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.”  Luke 1:46-49

The concept of those words carried Keith and me in the trials, walked us through the challenges, and pushed us towards the mountaintops. Patience, pluck, and perseverance … Waiting, possessing, and walking, step-by-step through the crooked, uphill, downhill, sometimes overgrown path that Keith and I have chosen as our life journey.

My prayer for you

Majestic Father, You have blessed us with mothers who have shown unconditional love to their families, neighbors, and communities. Thank you for our mothers. May we bless them and show them how much we love them. Amen.

May this day remind you of the many way that you have been blessed by your mother and the patience, pluck, and perseverance that your mother has shown in her service to her family and community. Won’t you tell your mother that you love her today?