A Note from Pastor Vondie | May 2023

Hi, and Happy May!
May is a beautiful time of year. The trees are coming into full leaf. The flowers are blooming. After the May 10th cold spell, you can put your vegetable plants in your garden. But May is also a month when we celebrate the totality of life. 
This month, we celebrate the moms instrumental in our being here. There would be no birthdays without moms. Despite what we see on TikTok and other media, we know what it takes to be a mom. At Cross Point, we will celebrate our moms on May 14.  Motherhood: It’s a choice you make every day to put someone else’s needs, happiness, and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, repeatedly when you feel you didn’t get it just right. C.S. Lewis shared, “Children are not a distraction from the more important work. They are the most important work.” Mother’s Day celebrates the choices so many moms have made. Mother’s Day marks the beginning of life. 
In May, we also celebrate the 155th Memorial Day. This is the day when we get the unofficial start to summer. The excitement of the first long weekend to barbecue put the boat on the water, open up the camper, or feel the beach sand between our toes. 
What matters more than all those good things is that Memorial Day is when we remember the lives given so others can be free. Abraham Lincoln said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” Memorial Day reminds us of the tremendous price paid for liberty. So let’s make sure we don’t forget the sacrifices made and are being made today for our freedom. 
On Memorial Day, Bill Graham reminded us, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” 
This month, remember that Mother’s Day and Memorial Day honor people across entire lifetimes. They both honor people who need courage. They both celebrate people who have sacrificed in ways we do not know. They both remind us that the best lives are not self-absorbed and self-centered. The best lives are those living in service to others. These two holidays truly encompass much of the Gospel. 
Pastor Vondie and Lori
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