“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
Psalm 103:1-2
    Most people today associate the name, Jimmy Dean, with a delicious brand of breakfast sausage. But Jimmy Dean became famous as a Country Music star in the 1960’s and 70’s. His biggest hit came in 1976 with a song entitled “I O U” which was a tribute to his mother and mother’s everywhere. In the song, he reminisces about all the things he owes his mother. Such as her services as short order cook, chef, and baker; for her scrubbing faces and washing ears; for all her medical attention of nursing him through measles, mumps, bruises and splinters; for her being a night watchman when he came home late; and for her construction work as she cemented a family together and laid down a good strong foundation to build a life on. Throughout the song, Jimmy reminds us that his IOU’s to his mother are long overdue.
    Jimmy’s song points out the truth that many people take their mothers for granted. As children, we are too self-absorbed to appreciate the hours of care our moms give to provide for our basic needs. As teenagers, seeking our own independence, we don’t even want all of our mom’s protection and care. And as adults, we become focused on our own responsibilities and we tend to forget all the many acts of love, kindness and care our moms gave to us for so many years.
    The same thing happens with our Heavenly Father. He is the one who created us and provides for all our needs. He is the one who surrounds us with moms (and dads), and others who love and support us. His Holy Spirit is present to help us through the difficult situations of life and times of discouragement such as the one we are now facing during the coronavirus outbreak. He is the one who sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to save us from our sin and give to us – eternal life. We owe our Heavenly Father so much. Yet we can become self-absorbed or so focused on the pandemic that we forget about all the “benefits” our Heavenly Father gave throughout our years.
    So this month, lets repay those IOU’s with a thank you. If your mom is still alive, be sure to thank her for all she gave for you. Give her a call, send flowers, stop by with a take-out meal and show your appreciation. And everyone, be sure to thank your Heavenly Father for the multitude of blessings he continues to gives to you each and every day.
In Christ’s love, Pastor Steve