Paul wrote Timothy about widows: “No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds (1 Tim 5:9-10).
Fortunately, Sharon is not a widow, and if she was, I don’t know whose list she would be put on—but whatever list it is, she qualifies. Sharon has exhibited every one of the statements found in the verse above. She has been faithful to her husband (yahoo, that’s me!), is well known for her good deeds, especially in bringing up our children, has shown hospitality to hundreds and hundreds of people we have had in our home and the churches we have planted over the years, including having some live with us for extended periods of time. I could go on and on. She exemplifies the 1Timothy 5:9-10 criteria.
Some recent Mother’s Day wishes from our children (including the dinner with two friends/daughters) point to her deserved A+ on the 1 Timothy 5:9-10 report card:
I am so glad you are my mother and that you gave me my love of gardening, sewing, canning, resourcefulness and turning any home into a welcoming and beautiful home. You have been so generous to the hundreds of people who passed through our home over the years—cooking, cleaning, and making time for them. Yours is not an easy job, as I learn more so each year, but you do it with grace and patience and I love you for that.
Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all your love, compassion, and tenderness for all my 33 years. Thank you for not hovering over me but allowing me to take adventures and risks. You are everything I needed growing up. A truly wonderful mother!
I love you mom!
You have been used to profoundly change multiple generations. You have taken huge risks, and faced much criticism. Your children have dealt you some tough challenges (I speak for myself here) along the way, and,yet, you have remained committed and teachable and continued to be resilient and genuine. You have laughed harder and more often than most people dream of in their lifetime. You and dad have experienced glimpses of the kingdom as you sense God’s presence in your own lives, and see him become real in the lives of others. Mostly you have been true to yourselves and loved God and others passionately along the way. It’s time to celebrate…..!
Thank you for your continuous love. Whenever I see you, I watch you pouring out love to us kids. I realize how much sacrifice you have made and continue to make for us, and I thank you for it! Also, thank you for being such a model of kindness for me. You are lovely in every way! Happy Mother’s Day!!!
P.S. One of my most cherished memories with you is my holding and playing with your hands in church. I love you!!!
Grateful to God and grateful for my wife,