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hold on, mom!

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Hold on, Mom!

Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.

He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.

Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. Then began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took careful aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

The newspaper reporter, who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go."

This Sunday is Mothers’ Day. It is a day we set aside to show how much we appreciate the love and compassion of the toughest people in the world. Moms are the most determined and sacrificial human beings on the planet. They love their kids so passionately that they will do whatever it takes to protect, preserve, motivate and prepare their children so they can become the best adults possible. Only Jesus sacrificed more. Only Jesus hangs on to us tighter, but only Jesus can give moms everything they need to succeed with their offspring.

Thank you, Moms for all you have done for us.

This Sunday we will do Mothers’ Day Celebration at First Christian Church as always, but it will be different. It will be on Facebook Live so we will do the celebration a little bit differently. But you won’t want to miss it at 10:30AM.

I will share a message titled The Blessing of Motherhood based on1 Samuel 1. We will look at the value Hannah placed on motherhood and how she blessed her son Samuel by giving him to God. I hope you will join us for this special time.

Happy Mothers’ Day,


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