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Springfield Today, May 16, 2017

May 19, 2017 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

I told the story four years ago in my Mother’s Day sermon, and by brother has borrowed (stolen, hijacked, or co-opted) it and had it published in our weekly Sunday School paper, but it’s one of my favorite Mom stories. And since Sunday was Mother’s Day I think the story is worth re-telling.

A day that was always a big day in the Prince home when I was growing up was called “tomato canning day.” I’m here to tell you nothing compares with the tomato juice, and the tomato sauce, and the stewed tomatoes my mom would make every year.

But I also remember that day because it was one of the messiest days of the year in our house.  On tomato canning day my mom was totally immersed in the task at hand.  The entire house took on the smell and sight of tomatoes.  Usually by the end of the day – everything was covered in tomatoes.  My mom’s spic-and-span kitchen was splattered with tomato seeds, juice was dripping off the counter on to the floor, that then was tracked all over the kitchen.  There was tomato goop everywhere you looked.

My mom, usually a neat and tidy person, was likewise splattered with tomato seeds, and tomato juice and tomato goop.

To make matters worse, tomato canning day always came at the end of August, when the tomatoes were good and ripe – but it also happened to be the hottest and most humid time of the year.  And so the kitchen, with no air conditioning, took on a sweltering, suffocating atmosphere, with the high humidity and the boiling pots.

And on this one particular tomato-canning day I remember it being extra hot.

Okay, so get this picture in your mind of that particular tomato-canning day in the Prince home.  It’s hot.  It’s messy.   And my dear, sweet, conservative mother – who never, ever, at that point in her life, had ever worn shorts, at least I had never seen in her shorts – I don’t think I even knew she owned a pair of shorts – but there she was on that day wearing the ugliest, most hideous, the most ill-fitting pair of shorts you can imagine. It was so bad my older sister took one look at her, saw the sweat rolling down her face, mingling with all the tomato goop that covered her from head to toe, looked at those embarrassing shorts, and she began to plead with my mom, and made my her promise that she would not leave the house for any reason looking like that.

You can see what’s coming can’t you?

The door bell rang, and a teenage neighbor kid, out of breath from running half a block down the street – informed my mom that I had flipped off my bike, and hit my head on the curb, (which explains a lot today, but that’s a whole other story).  And I was laying in a pool of blood, knocked out, and an ambulance had already been called.

Upon hearing that news, my mom took off running down the street.  She didn’t take time to change out of those ugly shorts, even though she had promised my sister she wouldn’t leave the house.  She didn’t take time to clean off the tomato goop; she completely forgot about “Tomato Canning Day” – her child was in trouble, he was hurt, and the only thing that mattered was getting to her child.  Her child needed her.

That’s how it is when your child is in trouble – you don’t worry about what you’re wearing or what you look like – you just go.

You don’t care what the neighbors might think – you just go.

What had priority no longer has priority when you’re child is hurt – so you go.

You don’t care that just the day before, you were so furious with that same child – because of their immaturity, or being disrespectful – all that matters is your child is in trouble and they need you – so you go running.

That’s how it’s meant to be.

And I want to first commend all of you moms and all dads who have run to that hurting child, or that child who was in trouble.

I want to commend all of you moms and dads who didn’t give up when that child kept pushing you away.

I want to applaud you moms and dads who, when others have said “Write the kid off – he’s bad news.  You don’t need to put up with that.”  You knew they were right, but you still refused to give up.

And I want, on behalf of all the sons and all of the daughters, to thank you because you have done whatever was necessary to run to your hurting child. Thank you for your example.

And thank you for those footprints that you have left that has made it easier for your child to find their way to God.

I especially want to thank you, those who have taken seriously the responsibility of setting a Christ-like example for your kids.  You are a hero.

There is a crisis that has been erupting in our nation – because too many parents have shirked that responsibility – we’ve put self before our children, we’ve put jobs before our children, we’ve put the acquiring of things before our children.  We’ve put our own happiness, and our rights, and our wants, and our desires before the needs, the spiritual needs, of our children.  We haven’t disciplined like we should because we’re too tired, or in a few cases we just don’t care. And a crisis is erupting.  And folks it’s time for us parents to step up and do the job and set a godly example and leave some footprints that makes it easy for our kids to see God and encounter Him.


What You Need to Know…

Kathy Hedden is conducting a Robot Competition for the teens.  Build a robot for VBS and earn a prize!!! Robot must b e 5 – 6 feet tall.  Use any supplies and gadgets around your house!  All entries due by Sunday, May 28th.  See Kathy for any more details or information.

VBS Staff/Volunteer meeting will be held at 5:30 PM in room #106 on Wednesday, May 24th.  Kathy Hedden is providing supper for the meeting.

Sign up to help with the Neighborhood Connection!  Jerry Stone needs volunteers to help with this annual event!  Sign up sheets will be in the foyer on May 21st.  See Jerry if you’d like more information!

If you’d like to become a member of Springfield First, contact Pastor Fred.  Date for the class to be announced soon.

Save the dates!  Everyone is invited!

Graduation Open House for Easton Bush and Bryan Tripp on June 4, 3:00 – 5:30 PM in the gym.

Come and Go Wedding Shower for Charles and Clara Kapp at the Nelson home, June 11, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Gift suggestions are on the Information Center.

Karate – Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday Night Kids! – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Velocity Student Ministries – Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Brenden Gardens Bible Study – Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Open Gym – Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Connect Groups – Sundays at 6:00 p.m.


Please Pray For:

Mary Alice Hunt

Fran Herwehe

Carol Tandy

TJ Ballog

Betty Colvin

Carroll & Rose Stark

Amy Earl

Hettie Kinman

Martha Daily

Janet Gille

Mary Bishop’s grandson, Bannock Galloway, has cystic fibrosis; granddaughter Elyssa and pregnancy issues

Julie Duncan – Aunt Joanne Boyce diagnosed with lung cancer

Abby Heppe – sister-in-law, Liz, has liver and gall bladder cancer

Sylvia Garner

Lucas Gebhardt – medical testing is complete; nothing found right now…keep praying

Charles Camp – special physical need

Logan Sarginson – pancreatitis

Christopher Buchanan – surgery today

Don & Joanne Reeves family – loss of Don’s mother last week

Ian Brown – Greg & Karla Sullivan’s nephew(20 years old) to have surgery for brain tumor

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