Mother's Day 2017

Posted on 05/14/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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by Benjamin R. Faust

I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set my feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire
and Melt me Lord 'til
only you remain!

by Edwin Hatch
edited by Benjamin Faust

Verse 1:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with Life anew,
That I may love the things You love,
And do all that You would do.
And do all that You would do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Breathe on me
Breathe on me, Breath of God
Breath of God, breathe on me
Breath of God, breathe on me

Verse 2:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure, (and)
Until my will is one with Yours,
As I walk in Love with You.
As I walk in Love with You.


Verse 3:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
And as this earthly mind grows still, (and)
I glow with Your fire divine.
I glow with Your fire divine.


Verse 4:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
As I rest Here with You,
And dwell with You in Perfect Life
That touches Eternity.
That touches Eternity.

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

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FROM 2015:

As Acts 17:28 says,
"In Him we live,
and move,
and have our being."

Do you want to see God?

Take a look at a mother.

Imperfect, at least
in her temporary person.

But within her chest
the Breath of God
rises and falls.

And within her veins
the Life of God flows.

And most beings
playing the role of mother,
they nurture,
they protect,
they provide,
they comfort,
they correct,
they guide,
they embrace,
they feel as though
the life of their child
is more precious
than their own.

If she is still alive,
and if you can,
honor God today
by honoring
your mother.

Call her and
tell her you love her.

Maybe you can
take her out to eat.

Or just sit and
talk with her for awhile.

And if you cannot,
for whatever reason,
honor God
in someone else.

Forget the excuses,
and just go do it.

Are you a mother
who lost a child,
or whose offspring
are elsewhere
or aren't
showing you honor?

That has to hurt.

Embrace the pain.

Let it be there.

Don't feed it
by dwelling
on the story.

come into the temple
and feel the pain
without judging
or labeling it.

It is as it is.

And you are
full of life,
breathing God's breath,
dancing His dance,
twirling until you're dizzy,
and then falling
in His arms of Peace
and Love.

Let this temporary
situation be.

It's all passing away.

And whether you
play the role of a mother
with appreciated kids,
or one with children
who have died,
or who disowned you,
or who never
were even conceived,

that role,
or lack of role,
does not define you.

That is not who you are.

1 Corinthians 7:29 says to
let the one who is married
be as though he is not.
It doesn't mean you should
be unfaithful or not fulfill
your reponsibilities and
your duties as a spouse,
but DOES mean, in part,
that you should not
become attached to
your temporary role.

and that applies
to motherhood
as well.

Play the role and
fulfill the duties
assigned to that role
with all your attention.

But don't forget
that you are
on a stage,
acting in a play
that we call life.

Play your part well,
but remember that,
while the play
is coming to an end,
after the role is gone
and the scenes
have ended,
the REAL You
will still remain.

Beyond any role.

Beyond any story.

Undefined and undefinable
by language, or story,
or time.

Be Present with God,
as He is Present with You.

Rest in His Peace,
Revel in His Joy, and
Delight in His Love.

That's all that matters anyway.

And all these
other things
will come into
proper focus,
and will be seen
for the ultimate comedy,
and Divine Romance,
they really are.

And as we play,
on this beautiful day,
these temporary roles,
for this moment in time...

Happy Mother's Day!