Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Today is Mother's Day for many in the Western Hemisphere. For all of us, it is a great day to honor our mothers, especially those who are widows. To our shame, many of our churches have copied the leadership roles (or at least the names) that we find in the New Testament. We have bishops, elders, shepherds, pastors, ministers, deacons, ministry leaders, and others. Why have we never had a "Widows List"? This group of women has proven their godliness in lives well lived. Now, Paul emphasizes, the church should help support and care for them so they can continue their lives of ministry unworried about their basic needs? On a day when the world honors mothers, let's make sure our godly mothers, especially those who are widows, are honored for their good deeds and service to God's people. Let's make sure they receive our love and support. related video by Phil Ware:

My Prayer...

O Father, thank you for those women among us who have been faithful to their husbands, loving to their children, and hospitable to your people. Forgive our churches for not valuing these godly examples and resources of inspiration and ministry, more. During this challenging time, open our eyes to those godly women among us whom we need to serve, support, and bless. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Today's Verse Illustrated

Inspirational illustration of 1 Timothy 5:10