Pastor’s Pen, April 2017


May has always been a very special month to me. When I was young, it was the month when we finished school for the summer. As I got older, Mother’s Day became more important to me. I was blessed with having a wonderful Christian mother who loved my four sisters and me dearly. She also had a wonderful Christian mother as did my dad. So when Mother’s Day comes around, I am reminded of how blessed I have been to have had a godly Christian mother, mother-in-law, and Christian grandmothers and aunts who have influenced me tremendously. My mother has been in Heaven for 15 years, but I still miss her and think about her often. James Ristau, Sr. wrote a poem which expresses my feelings.

My mother was a precious gift from our glorious Lord above, But the Lord chose to take her and give her all his love. I miss her more than anything, especially this time of year. Something about Mother’s Day always makes me shed a tear.

May was also the month that I graduated from Texas A & M.  And then God blessed me with a wonderful wife, who was born in May and we were married on May 31st. This year, we will celebrate 54 years of marriage. We were blessed with two sons and so Mother’s day became even more special as my sons and I honor their mother.

I have a friend (he’s not too bright). One Mother’s Day, his wife said something about him not buying her something for Mother’s Day. He responded, “You’re not my mother.” As I said, “He’s not too bright.” We are  privileged to honor our mothers and other women who have had tremendous influence on us. We give thanks to God for them and their influence.

Make plans to be in church on Mother’s Day. We will have a gift for all our ladies.


Memorial Day is also in May. We will have a Memorial Day Observance on Sunday, May 28th.  We will honor those men and women who have paid the supreme sacrifice that we might be free people. We sometimes forget those who have died for us. We will also recognize our men and women who have served in the Armed Services. This is always a special time as we honor our fallen veterans.

This is a significant time in the life of my family. It was on April 28, 2016, when my  sister Mina passed away after battling cancer. She had served in the Air Force before starting her family. Most of you are aware that her daughter Jennifer is battling cancer. We appreciate your prayers for her and for those in our church family who are battling cancer and other health problems.

In Christ,

Bro. Jimmy

P.S. Congratulations to Candace Signor. She has finished her senior year at Woodson High School and will receive her diploma at Cooper High School’s graduation ceremony on May 27th at 2:00. Her mother is Stacy Lawson. Candace plans to attend Cisco  College and become a nurse.



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