May 13, 2012
1979 & 2001 Share Same Special Day.
Mother’s Day fell on May 13th in 1979. It was exactly one week after I tricked Roger into going to church. That evening was life changing for me. I walked out of the prayer room of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, with a found personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunshine, our daughter, was so much wanted. I had been pregnant three times before. While I believed in God I didn’t yet know Christ and for some reason I saw Sunshine as my Samuel. Hannah waited so long to have a child. She also chose to honor God by giving her child back to Him.
Maybe now you can see why that Mother’s Day was so important, so special. You see on Mother’s Day at Grace Church they were going to have baby/child dedications. A new friend of ours suggested that we wait on dedicating Sunshine. I was a brand new believer in Christ, Roger wasn’t. In dedicating our daughter we were making a commitment, a vow, to God.
Wild horses were not going to stop me from us dedicating her. There is so much more to this story but I thing you get the jest.
Two months later Roger would enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Then the following year our daughter would meet Christ.
With a lot of story in between our daughter would meet and marry David. At a concert at our daughter’s school, Liberty University. Scott Wesley Brown was singing Please Don’t Send Me to Africa. Roger & I drove down to hear the concert (we were living about 2 hours north of Liberty in Virginia). We were sitting behind Sunshine. While Scott was singing that song I tapped Sunshine on her shoulder, “That’s you”. There is so much more to this story but enough…. David was in Uganda, a short mission trip. They didn’t even know of each other. That was in the mid 90’s.
Fast forward to late fall 1998. Sunshine & David would meet. January he started to court her, June engaged, married September 1999. They both were committed to serving God. Going into marriage, also the ministry.
The second special day, same day, Mother’s Day, May 13, 2001, would be special not only for me but for David’s mother as well. We all spent the day together and night, and then bright and early at the crack of dawn we would all take Sunshine & David to the airport. Our daughter, her husband, three grandchildren later and 11 years in Uganda serving the Lord church planting.
I am truly a blessed Mom. I am thankful that God gave us Sunshine to raise in the admonition of the Lord as we dedicated that Mother’s Day 33 years ago. Yes, they have been years full of laughter, tears, prayers, emotions and praise to God.