2009-04-26 Cindy - Mother's Day

Sunday April 26, 2009 – Rick opened talking about a prayer of surrender, Mat. 6:10:

 May your Kingdom come soon.   May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

He asked his audience; “Where is God’s Kingdom and where is His will accomplished?”  He answered his question with Luke 7:20-21:

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”   Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.

In Jesus we see the Kingdom of God and now that Kingdom is in each of us.  Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we become citizens of that Kingdom.  He referred to John 14:30-31:

 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

Because Jesus did what the Father wanted he became our salvation allowing each of us to also do what the Father wants.  When troubles come acknowledge your need for help and help will come.  Become good citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Lyndee led the boys in singing: “I have decided to Follow Jesus”, “This is the Day that the Lord hath made” and “Alleluia, Glory Alleluia”.  Then Lyndee surprised us with a song she wrote to the tune “Country Road” where the home that the “Country Road” led to was not West Virginia, but heaven.  It was truly delightful.

After she introduced Edward who has successfully completed the Pegasus program and heading for home. She told him she had prayed for him and the Lord gave her Psalm 25 just for Edward:

O Lord, I give my life to you.  2 I trust in you, my God!  Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.  3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,  but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. 4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.  6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.
 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,  for you are merciful, O Lord.

 8 The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. 9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.
 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

 11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins.
 12 Who are those who fear the Lord?  He will show them the path they should choose.
 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land.
 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

 16 Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress.
 17 My problems go from bad to worse.  Oh, save me from them all! 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.   Forgive all my sins.
 19 See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!  Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 21 May integrity and honesty protect me,  for I put my hope in you.  22 O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.

Ken was asked to pray for Edward and before he did he ask him what career he wanted to pursue?  Edward said he wanted to be an author.  Edward has been added to the lockhartpm.org Honor Roll.

C.J. came forward to encourage the boys to not despair.  They can complete this program and go on to be fruitful in His Kingdom.  Take this seriously, believe the staff is here to help and not hinder their progress.  Be thankful that they were rescued and allowed entry into the Pegasus program.

Ben said that the Holy Spirit was not directing him to sing this morning but to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and that he did; telling the boys to forget the past and cling to the cross of Christ.  To seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit and begin living a life not centered in self but center in Him.  He closed by singing a beautiful rendition of the Lord Prayer.

Our speaker this morning was Rick’s wife, Cindy.  Her subject was “Mothers Day” and she opened by speaking of her love and respect for her mother and then the nature of mothers in general.  The desire to shelter and protect their offspring, to nurture and forgive and most of all to love like only a mother can.  She spoke of the majority of the prayer requests received from the boys had to do with their mother. It is no doubt that no matter where you are your mother is very special and will always hold a special place in your heart so it is appropriate that we set aside a special day to remember our mother. 

God instructs us to honor our father and mother and it is possible that many of you ended up here at Pegasus because you chose not to honor your parents.  It is also possible that your mother or father made obeying that command difficult because they were not fulfilling that God given responsibility of proper parenting. Whatever the case it is almost a universal truth that when we reach our teen years we think we know more about life than our parents.

With youth comes rebellion where we do not want someone telling what to do, where to go and what is right and what is wrong.  Hopefully that is a short transient state for the real truth is we will always need guidance and usually that guidance can be found in our mother. 

She spoke of the sacrificial love of Christ and the need for each of her listeners to accept the invitation to seek His guidance and then she began to tell of her personal life as a mother.  She spoke of her pride in her sons and the joy of watching them grow in stature and character.  And then her voice changed becoming softer and interrupted by emotion as she told of the tragedy that took one of her precious sons from her. 

She concluded by sharing how through that terrible time in her life it was God who provided the comfort and strength to carry on.  And at just the right time she came across a poem her deceased son had given her on the Mother’s Day prior to his death:

 

THE WARRIOR

 

This morning my thoughts traveled along

To a place in my life where days have since gone

Beholding an image of what I used to be

As visitors were stirred and God spoke to me

 

He showed me a Warrior, a soldier in place

Positioned by Heaven, yet I saw not the face

I watched as the Warrior fought enemies

That came from the darkness with destruction for me

 

I saw as the Warrior would dry away tears

As all of Heaven's Angels hovered so near

I saw many wounds on the Warrior's face

Yet weapons of warfare were firmly in place

 

I felt my heart weeping my eyes held so much

As God let me feel the Warrior's prayer touched

I thought "how familiar" the words that were prayed

 The prayers were like lightning that would fade

 

I said to God "please, the Warrior's name"

He gave no reply, He chose to refrain

I asked "Lord, who is broken that they need such prayer?"

He showed me an image of myself standing there

 

Bound by confusion, lost and alone

I felt prayers of the Warrior carry me home

I asked "Please show me Lord, this Warrior's, so true"

I watched & I wept

For MOTHER... THE WARRIOR was you

 

1993 Larry S. Clark

 
Cindy closed by providing a copy of this poem in an envelope that each of the boys could send to their mother.

It was a moving service closed by Ken with the boys saying the Lord’s Prayer.