Still Honoring Mother
Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I had an earthly mother for fifty-five years. She has now been in heaven for twenty-seven years. She was a survivor of tuberculosis when most who had it died with it. Called to be a medical missionary, she earned her Registered Nurse degree and studied at Southwestern Baptist Seminary as the Seminary Nurse. That’s where she met my Dad and found her identify as “Mrs. Preacher.” While she never became a global missionary, God brought the world to her in the form of international students. I remember going home from college for a weekend and finding multiple languages being spoken in my living room. Prayer-warrior extraordinaire, if you googled “Spiritual Gift of Intercession” you might see a picture of my Mom. We jokingly said that she had God on speed-dial. She was a perfectionist married to a workaholic. That combination produced me – a workaholic perfectionist – and as hard as that has been, I wouldn’t trade with anyone else. “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9, NLT).
Dr. Dan R. Crawford, Senior Professor, Chair of Prayer Emeritus; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Former Head of Task Force for the Teaching of Prayer in Theological Education for America’s National Prayer Committee. Administrative Consultant for the Valley Baptist Missions Education Center.
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