I never cease to be amazed at the topics some folks will argue over. Political parties, flavors of ice cream, squeeze or roll the toothpaste and makes of automobiles are a few of the subjects that come to mind!

I never cease to be amazed at the topics some folks will argue over. Political parties, flavors of ice cream, squeeze or roll the toothpaste and makes of automobiles are a few of the subjects that come to mind!
Friendships have been sacrificed and wars fought over some of these divisive topics. One such discussion is that of when life actually begins. For those who base their beliefs on the Holy Scriptures, the discussion is opened and closed rather quickly. God directs His obedient followers to choose life. Jesus stated that He had entered human history in order to bring life to the fullest. The Scriptures identify death as an enemy!
As you might expect, I will pay a visit Sunday morning to a cemetery that overlooks the quiet little town of Pierce City. This will mark the seventh year that I have spent a few quiet moments on Mother’s Day morning at my mother’s grave. My eyes will begin to fill with tears as I make the relatively short walk from the lane to her stone. By the time I arrive, my cheeks will be damp. “Happy Mother’s Day, mom.”, will be the only words I speak. Each year, my heart questions God’s timing less and less. He was ready for her. She was tired and ready to meet Him!
I learned several things from mom. Laugh more than you cry. Give more than you take. Clean up after yourself. God loves us. Necessity moves the feet but music moves the heart. Be kind.
My mom was smart. My mom was frugal. My mom wasn’t perfect but she loved the Lord. My mom raised four kids (and one of them was ME!!). She never came right out and said it, but I think she was pro-life!! I guess your mom was, too!! Thank God for your mom then go tell her, even if she’s busy in Heaven!!!!!

Doug Gripka is the pastor of Newtonia Baptist Church and  writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.