By Pastor Tim Eaton
How often have you heard that? Maybe not often enough. Even when you have heard it, the thankfulness might not last long. An even worse reality is that kids often say “Thanks Mom” sarcastically because they are not thankful at all. You might say that most of the time, being a mom is a thankless task. That’s exactly why we have Mother’s Day. It’s not that we should say thank you only one day a year, but it’s a reminder to give moms thanks all year long.
Don’t worry. Wanting your children to say thank you isn’t a selfish desire – It’s a character building exercise for them. God Himself gives the command: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you,” (Exodus 20:12). He even echo’s your own statement: “I brought you into this world and I’ll take you right back out of it.” This is the only commandment with an “or else” clause. Obviously, He takes it very seriously and knows just how little thanks you can get.
So picture this: You’ve done something incredibly nice for your children, which they may not deserve, but they end up being jewels and thank you for it. How long do you have before they forget all about it? Does it have something to do with how long they enjoy what you have done for them?
It sounds like you need a break. And the kids need a gift that will last. Why not bring them to Vacation Bible School at Edgewater? You will have five nights with three hours of free time, and you won’t have to feed them! They will get to hear about Jesus who loves them and promises, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Join us for VBS June 6th-10th from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each day. Free dinner is included!
Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshipping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880; http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.