Mother's Day

On Lake Macatawa, directly north of our church, is the Heinz pickle factory.  This is a company started by businessman Henry J. Heinz, born in 1844.  He was very prosperous both in business and in life.  If you go to a Pittsburgh Steelers football game today, you will watch it in Heinz Field.  When Henry died a very wealthy man in 1919, his will was read to his family.  It began with this:

“Looking forward to the time when my earthly career will end, I desire to set forth at the very beginning of this will, as the most important item in it, a confession of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Saviour.  I also desire to bear witness to the fact that throughout my life, in which there were unusual joys and sorrows, I have been wonderfully sustained by my faith in God through Jesus Christ.  This legacy was left me by my consecrated mother, a woman of strong faith, and to it I attribute any success I have attained.”[1]

This Mother’s Day, we are going focus on the role of mothers in the faith of their children and grandchildren, while realizing that all believing women, not just mothers, are important parts of the body of Christ.  We celebrate mothers today because many times they are unsung heroes.  Often it is their sacrifices that drive the success of those around them.  I know that is true of me.  I love my mother and she has had a profound impact on who I am.

[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 842). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

Mother's Day