The year was 1925. Little 2-year old Ruthie was running down the sidewalk with a glass peanut butter jar in her hand — when suddenly she fell. On impact, the jar broke and cut deeply into that tiny wrist, nearly severing her right hand — which hung limply by only the top layer of skin. Ruthie’s parents, who were new Christians, as well as many others, prayed fervently for her healing.
Miraculously, the hand was saved, and much glory was ascribed to our God! The doctors sadly told Ruthie’s parents that she would have only a claw for a hand the rest of her life. Well, those believing prayers availed more than anyone imagined, for Ruthie regained full use of her hand – except for her right index finger, which could not bend completely down. Till the end of her life, there remained a deep, wide scar visible on the underside of her right wrist. It was quite beloved to me– for Ruthie (Ruth Esther Hancock) was my mother.
As we approach Mother’s Day, I was thinking of my dear mother and the age-old debate over whether heredity or environment has a greater influence on the behavior and development of a child. As a child, penmanship teachers constantly corrected me as to the way I held my pen. I could form the letters correctly, but my hand position was not according to classic form. It was not until I was a young mother in the early 1980’s that it came up again—when my own children were studying penmanship in school. All of a sudden, it dawned on me that I held my pen exactly the same way my mother did!
At the next family gathering, I learned that all three of my sisters held their pen—you guessed it—exactly like Mom! My mother was amazed—she never officially “taught” us to write, yet we all instinctively imitated her!
So when I began to home-school our youngest Timothy, I asked my husband if HE would show him how to hold his pencil. Timmy did just fine for a while – but one day I caught him gripping his pencil with his middle finger and thumb rather than his index finger and thumb! I had to keep watching him until the correct way was finally ingrained in him as a habit.
To me, this is a humorous example of the profound impact OUR example – in even the simplest things—has on the children around us. Much more than the things that we say, children learn from the things that we do—especially the things we don’t realize we are doing! So whether we are teaching/ caring for our own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or other people’s children— let us all continually strive to BE all that God wants us to be—that our words may be backed up by the powerful impact of our everyday lives.
There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, soup and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.
Mother’s Day photo ops are available on Thompson Street before SundaySchool and after the morning worship service to take a Mother’s Day picture.
There is a need for Sunday PM security. If you can help one Sunday a month, please contact Travis Cox at 804.562-8837 or firstname.lastname@example.org