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Happy Mother’s Day!

There is such a simple joy in my kids’ eyes when they see their mom sit down on the couch, even just for a moment. Everything becomes a chaotic jostle as the children crowd in around her, for no better reason than to be close to her. Of course they have needs or desires, and of course they can be selfish in their attitudes; but it humbles me as their father to see the patience that my wife expresses for our children, and how she can, without saying a word, make them understand that they have a special place in her heart forever.

Thank you, mothers, for your simple expressions of love for your children, which remind us of our savior, Jesus Christ, and His simple love that He expressed when He said, “Let the kids come and climb on me, it’s alright.”

Max Lucado wrote a beautiful prayer, based from Psalm 30:10-11 “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

Father, you’re a God of reconciliation and redemption. You are capable of more than I could ever ask or imagine.

Would you be my helper today? Turn my sadness into joy. It’s so easy to stay in the depths of sadness and self-pity, but draw me out of the darkness.

Please protect my family and comfort their hearts. Show them what joy is.

Thank you that you want only the very best for us and won’t leave us alone in our misery.

In Christ’s name, Amen.

For our study today, I’ve included a couple short videos of important themes that are touched on in Matthew 16. I hope you’ll benefit from the material, and I wish you and your families a wonderful Mother’s Day!