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YOUNG MOTHERS

Has your child ever tossed a doll back two rows during services while you stared ahead wishing you were invisible? You have probably heard the voice of your own young one in the pause of "rock of Ages" sing in an off-key -- "Jesus Loves Me." Have you heard during a lull in the announcements a little voice praying for your dog or cat or some such?

Incidents such as these make one wonder, "WHY AM I HERE?" No sooner do you sit down than you have to get up, reach out, pick up, take out and so and so on. You want so much to keep your children quiet and not be a distraction to others around you.

Everywhere there are Anns, Pats, Ruths, Sues, and Marys at every service. They pick up toys, dry eyes, wipe noses and bow heads. They swat, spank, scold and wonder, "OH, WHY AM I HERE?" But they come. A pattern is being set and the hand that threw the doll may someday sow the seed of salvation.

Many times we wonder, we sit embarrassed, but always we're here. We have our moments of discouragement, hushing and corralling. Won't you PLEASE PRAY FOR US? When you see a young mother — tell her you're glad that she and her family are here. Encourage her for there goes tomorrow's church.

Many times older people forget how their children misbehaved and acted out in public. Hats off to the parents who bring their children to worship!

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Submitted by:
Tim Woodward
In His Cause