Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

February 9, 2017


Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon 1 Corinthians 3:1-9:

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:1–9, NIV)

Even though Mother’s Day is not until May 14 this year, and although both my parents have passed away, in reading this passage I find myself thinking about mom.  Thoughts from several years ago are shown below:


To Mom,

What can I say to you my teacher, counselor, and friend?

In your life, I see

energy, light, and life;

good conversation with vision;

empathy coupled with serving others

in the light of God's love.

I see a willingness to explore

and to try new things.


You’re filled with bold determination, good taste, Christian growth,

and possess quality friendships.


Sometimes I am lonely,

and you give me a hug.

Sometimes I am depressed,

and you are not afraid to lift my spirits.


Sometimes I am confused,

and you advise and encourage me.

Sometimes I am not very loving,

yet you respond to me in love

. . . and I wonder how I can be

more like you.



One of the things that mom liked to do was yard work.  The lawn was always well manicured, flowers in the garden, bushes and trees well cared for.  She involved me in that work, by invitation mainly.  After a while, I grew to want to do yard work on my own.  Her tendencies also related in a lot of other ways, having to do with her skill at nurture and her desire to develop excellence per what she evidently saw in me from earliest childhood.


A lot goes into raising a child … in the family … in the faith.  I’m sure that beginning with my mother, as well as other relations, friends, neighbors, work associates, together with people throughout my experience in the church, that each person would be able to describe their experience with me, as I might with them.  Although mom and others were a significant, loving, supportive presence, they probably also wondered if there was a greater power at work, considering some of the challenges I presented growing from childhood into adulthood.


Although I continue to mature, the challenges are still there.  People probably still wonder, and worry.  Turning the tables, I can sometimes wonder and worry about others, too.


As we interact, communicate, express caring in one form or another, we all have a role to play, as God has given us ability.  All that is required is to try and identify and express our gifts, to water and nurture one another as best we can, like in a garden, and trust in God for the growth.


Pastor Rich Wagner