I am not writing new blogs until later this week. I am visiting my mother in North Alabama over these days. I covet your prayers as I deal with a number of her personal needs and some financial challenges. She is nearly 92 and her mental acuity is now that of a 5 or 6 year old child. She still knows me and has a great sense of humor mixed with real godliness and all without a word of complaint. She is without a great deal of physical pain and lives quite well, with much more meaning to her life than I think most moderns could understand. This means that it is really harder to process this for me than it is for her. Some of you understand this well, from your own experience with elderly loved ones.

Mom was once a great Bible teacher and influenced hundreds of people who are now literally scattered all over the world. Monday I read her letters and notes from six people who thanked her for her role in their lives over a lifetime of ministry well into her eighties. It was very encouraging. No one, however, was more influenced by her love for Christ and the Holy Scriptures than me.

Be sure that you truly love your parents. Remember, the one commandment with a promise is to honor your parents. I count this one of my greatest ministries now, not writing or preaching. If pure religion is loving widows then I am being allowed to practice that in these days with the one person who most influenced my love for Christ and his kingdom.

The other thing that I have noted in these days is that so much that we do that really and truly matters is not seen by anyone that is important, at least by worldly and/or ecclesial standards. God sees all of this and he knows. That is enough for us if we have real faith.

I will write more later in the week, d.v. Thanks for your prayers for me in these days. 

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  1. David Gordon August 29, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Praying for you. It is hard with ailing parents.

  2. davedryer August 30, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Your blog brought back a flood of memories for me. For twenty years my Mom taught Children’s Church while Dad pastored in four different New England churches. She saw hundreds come to Christ as children. But she went to be with her Lord at 57, 23 years ago. I still miss her every day. And I’m quite sure I would not be where I am today without her godly influence. John, enjoy each day God gives you with your Mom. I’ll be praying for you.

  3. Dave Allen August 30, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    John: I am praying for you and your mother. It was one year ago from now that we lost our newborn grandson, only to be followed by the loss of my mother on September 20th. She was able to faithfully serve her Master right up to the end. It hurts to see them approach the end of this temporary life, but how thankful we can be that you and I both know where they are going after living lives in service to our Lord and so many others affected by their ministries. I am pleased that you have this time with your mom. Dave

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