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A Mother’s Prayer

It is the prayer of a mother that makes this country strong.

For through a mother’s prayers, her children come to God.

On bended knee prays the mother, and the Lord will use her son;

Christian beauty springs forth in her daughter –

Because of prayer, a soul is won.

May our land be filled with mothers who will take the time to pray,

Show the love of our Savior through a living faith each day.

It is the faith of a mother that shows through word and deed:

Through trials and all fears, with each heartache and every tear.

And by the faith of a mother, the child knows that God is near –

The wandering one returns, because of faith and mother’s tears.

It is the love of a mother that cradles all life’s cares.

In the early morning hours, the troubled child will know she’s there.

And only love of a mother can sooth his tearful cry.

It makes the house a home,

and leads each child to Calvary.

May our land be filled with mothers who will take the time to pray,

Show the love of our Savior through a living faith each day.

– Wanda MacAvoy 1985

My husband and I will sing this song this morning in our worship service.  I wrote it back in 1985!  That was the year our first child was born, and I remember feeling the awesome responsibility of raising a son for Christ.

945012_10151643649125839_1720320412_nThis week, our third grandson came into the world, and once again, my heart is stirred by the same responsibility now transformed through the eyes of a grandmother!  Grandchildren give life a whole new wonderful perspective!  When all the worries and woes that this world pours into our lives try to crush out all hope and meaning to life – there are grandchildren – that next generation to rekindle that hope!

However, we also just finished a week of revival meetings with Barry Webb, and I once again realize that there is an even greater, more wonderful hope in Jesus Christ because of the mighty work that He is doing in our lives!  Many decisions were made this week, and it too gives me hope!

As Christians, nothing gives this life more meaning than the Gospel of our Savior.  Living, loving, serving and dying for the cause of Christ secures our anchor into a far better world – a world we long to see, a place called heaven.  I don’t want to go empty-handed, and God help any of us, if our poor testimony causes our children or grandchildren to miss that mark! The greater song then, is the theme song for the Preacher Boys at Bob Jones University.  May it be the song of mothers today!

Souls for Jesus,
is our battle cry
Souls for Jesus,
we’ll fight until we die!
We never will give in,
While souls are lost in sin!
Souls for Jesus,
is our battle cry!

A Tribute to Bob Jones University

Have you every squished something between two pieces of glass in order to view it through a microscope?  It’s amazing to watch the substance spread out thin so you can see right through it.  It may be a drop of swamp water – that’s always amazing to see all the critters swimming about completely unaware of your viewing!

Bob Jones University is daily put under the microscope by a myriad of observers.  Some look on from the outside, like the protestor standing in front of the school dressed as a clown, totally clueless about the purpose of BJU.

As my husband and I spent a week at the campus (for Bible Conference AND to see our son – not necessarily listed in order of priority! :)), I felt the need to thank God publicly for this special place, as well as share some of my experiences:

  •   What a joy to be able to be at a Christian university that always serves up a banquet: God-honoring music; challenging messages from God’s Word served by men who are in the battle; and a healthy dose of humor.
  • This week, I sat with Nathan in his music theory class as the teacher taught the lesson from a Biblical point of view.  His comments naturally included thoughts tied to His heavenly Father, as naturally as if he were teaching a Bible class. 
  • There was no need to guard my ears or my eyes as we walked about the campus – the students were clothed and their speech clean.
  • As we sat in a Sunday school class taught by the Dean of Men, I thanked God for the leadership of the school.  This man’s biblical insight and perspective were reassuring.
  • The highlight of the week was hearing Soundforth’s Premiere Concert of their newest CD: Steadfast FAITH.  I was in tears as ten young men sang from their hearts and the orchestra matched their enthusiasm for Christ.

Many see only the school’s faults.  I don’t believe BJU ever claimed to be perfect.  Yes, there have been changes. Some of the changes may not work, but I give them credit for trying.  Yes, there are cold hearts as well as students who push the rules to the limits, showing their rebellion; however, they are the minority!

I am certainly not an expert on all the issues that surround the school; but may I quote my husband: “Eat the fish, and spit out the bones!”  BJU is not for everyone, and there will always be clowns at their doorstep shouting barbs.  Perhaps the following statement shares my heart the best: The Christian army is the only army where we shoot our own soldiers.

“Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” 1Ki 19:18