Oakdale United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Praise God, Love Others, Grow Spiritually, and Share Jesus!

From the Pastor

I want to tell you one of my most favorite stories about my mom. As I was growing up, she was a substitute teacher. She made a vow that she would never teach in the same building where I went to school. Well, the call came. Can you substitute for fourth grade at Bucher Elementary? I was in second grade at the same school. She told the principal, “No, I won’t do that to Michelle.” He replied, “You won’t even see her. She will be at the opposite end of the school.” She thought a minute then agreed.

 

This was going to be the worst day of my little life. My mother was an old-fashioned teacher. She didn’t let any kid get the better of her. She was forceful and gruff while maintaining a classroom, and yet could somehow be pleasant. I never understood how she did it. The good students loved her. Most kids hated her.

She came into my room the night before and told me she would be at my school. Then she asked me what I was going to say on the bus ride home when the kids were complaining about her. In my second grade thinking, I said, “I’ll tell them their mom is mean too.” She replied, “That will never work. Why don’t you ask them how they would like living with me? See what happens then.”

 

On the bus ride home, all the upper-grade kids were complaining about the new substitute, Mrs. Grube. Then they realized I was her kid. They started in on me. So with a little quiver in my voice, I asked, “How would you like to live with her?” From then on, those kids felt sorry that I had to go home that day.

 

Mom got it right that day. It seems like God has given mother’s special wisdom at times to know just what to say. It doesn’t happen all the time, but more times than not, moms are usually right. I don’t know why that is. It must be a special gene that God gives to moms to make them special.

 

I am aware that some moms don’t come with this gene. Some moms never seem to get it right. Some moms fail in the department of nurturing and loving their children. But I believe there are other women who step up in our lives to fill that mom role – other women who have the mom gene of wisdom and nurture and love.

 

We celebrate Mother’s Day. We celebrate our mothers and women who were special in our lives – women God created with a twinkle in their eye, with a big, big heart, with a mind for understanding, and arms for loving embraces. We celebrate our mothers and women who were special in our lives who taught us, who carried us, who never abandoned us. And we celebrate God for the many gifts he gives to our mothers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pastor Michelle