As I’ve been preparing to lead our group of youth and adult pilgrims to Banff this week, I have had the famous English hymn “To Be a Pilgrim” going through my head. Despite its 17th century protestant themes (it’s from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress of 1684), the hymn is useful for thinking about pilgrimage beyond the specific allegorical story for which it was composed. I think it is useful for meditation on the Christian life as pilgrimage from where we are to where God is.
Today we gladly offer warm Happy Mothers’ Day wishes to all mothers. This special celebration leads me to think about the great role that mothers play in passing on faith to their children. I realize that my own mom was instrumental in helping me develop a life of faith by her faithful instruction, but especially by her own authentic example.
A young man named Timothy, who lived a long time ago and became a Christian minister at a young age, was greatly influenced by his mother, Eunice, and his grandmother Lois—a little fact that we can all read about in the Bible in the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy, chapter 1, verse 5. St. Luke’s can even claim a founding-mother. St. Luke’s came to be thanks to the efforts of a woman, Aggie Finks, who began to serve children in our community with the zeal of a mother. Happy Mothers’ Day to mothers everywhere! Effective mothers, grandmothers, and women who play mothers-like roles are treasured gifts to us all.
This past Tuesday, I learned more about the continued efforts that Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is doing to help others have a roof over their heads. An easy way to support the work of GSH this month is to LIKE their FB site. For each FB LIKE that GSH receives in February an anonymous donor will contribute $5 to GSH.