Guest post by Rob Myers of Plur Life Ministries. A few TLA comments at the end.
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"On a recent Sunday morning, Colleen encountered a mother duck leading her 9 ducklings across a 4 lane highway near Palm Springs. This mother (who must've been on drugs) seemed totally unaware of the danger she was putting herself in, and her babies as well. With no thought to the traffic, the mom jumped off the curb and began her journey with the little ones following behind in a row. Colleen stopped, put on her flashers and fortunately, so did all the other traffic.
Disaster averted, or was it?
As Momma duck hopped up the opposing curb, the drivers all got back to their lives and the traffic began to flow. Colleen hesitated long enough to notice that the babies were unable to make it up the curb and were stuck in the gutter. Try as they might, they were not making it, and the mom didn't know what to do.
Colleen made a quick u-turn and put her car along the curb. She got out and approached the ducklings. Mom was not happy about it, but Colleen reached down and scooped up a handful of duckies and popped them up on the curb; momma duck flying back and forth at Colleen and making a scene. One more scoop and all the baby ducks were frantically running away from Colleen and off to follow momma to the nearby pond.
Rave moms take time out of their lives to help hurting kids in trouble, to show them not only the love of Christ, but the "agape" love that all moms should give, but unfortunately, not all do. Some ravers have great families, and are just wayward kids, but the vast majority we have met come from very broken homes, and similar to the mother duck, their moms (and dads) just don't get it.
Oh, if only moms would realize their power.
Every time an overdosing or lost kid is upset, scared, or freaking out, all our rave moms have to say is, "It's okay honey, I'm a mom," and the kid INSTANTLY calms down. Every time.
When a gang had a girl surrounded on the street in the middle of the night one of our moms walked into the circle and said, "I'm a mom," and they parted to let her walk out with her arm around the girl.
Over and over we have heard the words, "I wish I had a mom like you."
What's more powerful than drugs, knives & guns? Dare I say, it's the agape love of a Christian mom.
So I say to our rave moms: I love you, and you have my utmost respect and admiration. May your Mother's Day be the best one yet, and may thousands of other moms follow your lead.
And to all the other moms out there: Harness that power and raise Godly kids - and even if your kids are wayward, never stop loving and praying for them. There is always hope.
You have more power than you think."
Until heaven is crowded,
Pastor Rob is right, Moms have tremendous power. They can listen, encourage, and cheer their kids on or they can tear them down, inflicting wounds that last a lifetime. One 97-year-old woman, told me a few years ago, with tears in her eyes, that her mother never let her grow up.
Girls wanting to be grown up often attend raves hoping to find Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. They may find a counterfeit for a few fleeting moments," but in the process many vulnerable girls put themselves at risk of becoming prey for human traffickers.
Most of us moms do the best we know how. Still, we are flawed human beings and often fail. Only the grace of Jesus Christ can bring the depth of peace, love, unity and respect we long for at any age. Find out more from Pastor Rob at http://www.plurway.com/