I was trying to figure out how many living Thompson relatives I have these days so I contacted my mother. She seems to know these things. According to her, there are over 110 of us spread across several countries. More are on the way.
Excerpts from Psalm 127 come to mind:
“Children are a gift from the Lord…like arrows in a warrior’s hands…how joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!”
IT’S MOTHER’S DAY! and moms, of all people, are not supposed to have favorites in their “quiver.” At a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary celebration I just attended, there were on-going jokes from the siblings about “Mom’s favorite child.” The comments kept us laughing all night. “Mom” finally said, “I didn’t love him more, he just needed me more.”
Her comment, “He just needed me more,” has been ringing in my ears ever since. There is no doubt she loved each of her four children with equal measure, but the so-called “favorite” was a sickly child and her concern and care for him was powerful and evident.
He did need her more.
Parents know there are seasons in life where one child needs more love and attention than another child—for any countless number of reasons. If your children are grown, you also know this is a life-long matter and not limited to the child-rearing years. Sometimes a child (young or old) simply “needs us more.” And no one does this better than a mom.
During a very difficult season of my life, I felt my mom’s love and care as profoundly as ever. It seemed her focus, concern and love were just on me. It didn’t lessen her love or concern for my brothers but in many ways, “I needed her more.” It is a glimpse of God’s love for his children.
At LOGOI, our quiver is full of “children” and we see these seasons of life, too. For example, last month we saw 43,687 people interacting with our Bible resources and ministry. Each month, however, there are a handful of national pastors and missionaries who seem to “need us a little more” than others. In a short period of time they have a flurry of activity searching and downloading dozens of articles and resources on a particular biblical theme or topic—often in the middle of the night.
I can picture them in my mind. Perhaps their faith is truly being tested and doubts have filled their mind. Perhaps their church seems to be failing and they don’t know what to do. Perhaps their marriage is collapsing, or a child has left the faith, or a doctor has delivered terrible news. Whatever their situation, they find themselves at LOGOI’s Bible resource center looking for answers and encouragement needing “just a little more.”
What an honor and joy for us to provide a place where they can hear and learn from God’s Word.
I’m so grateful God gave me a mom who just seems to know when I need her a little more. There is nothing quite like a hug from Mom saying, “Hang in there, it’s going to be all right.”
LOGOI has been saying “Hang in there” now for 50 years. It’s a wonderful calling and ministry. Thank you for being a part. Your love for Christ—demonstrated through your partnership with LOGOI—is being used to help and encourage thousands of national pastors and missionaries in 40 countries—often for those who need “just a little more.”
Oh, and just in case you may be one who “needs a little more,” I’m so glad to remind you that Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Luke 5:31). That certainly is me! Perhaps it’s you, too. I’m so grateful Jesus will always give me —and you— a little more.