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:
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.