Happy Mother’s Day!

For those who know me, or who have looked at the photos on my flickr site, you know I shy away from human subjects and prefer taking nature photos.

So my photographic homage to moms is going to look pretty natural.  Nothing can match a mother’s love, even if you have a look that only a mother can love.

Mom’s can be pretty formidable, yet even without makeup mom’s are pretty special.

We all know each mom is pretty unique in her own way.

No monkeying around about it, some mom’s are pretty and some are pretty funny.

Some mom’s just reflect pretty much what’s best in all of us.

The common thread is of course that our mom’s are just naturally pretty.

For those of us who grew up around Cleveland in the early 1960’s, we all remember Captain Penny’s Rule:  “You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool Mom. She’s pretty nice and she’s pretty smart.”

That pretty much gives you a picture of motherhood from mother nature to your stay at home mom.

Called to Serve, Not to be Served

The multiplication of ministries in the church began with the Christian community needing to respond to issues created by the increasing numbers of believers in local Christian communities.

Christ feeding the thousands

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the   disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. And the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.   (Acts 6:1-7)

Dr. Kesich referring to the above Scripture passage explains:

“The evangelist Luke in Acts does not cover up or minimize the ‘unpleasant disturbances’ in the life of the Jerusalem church. With the growth of the community, inevitably other problems confronted the ‘disciples’ of Christ. They had to solve them, for the future of Christian mission and its expansion depended on their resolution. Acts identifies the members of the community [koinonia] as disciples [mathetai] of Christ. … In Acts, Luke uses the word ‘disciple’ for any believer in Jesus (Acts 6:1, 9:19). Paul never used the term mathetai for his followers or companions. Only Jesus could have mathetai.

With the rapid growth of the church, some members of the community began to complain of neglect. Acts 6 reports that the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were slighted in the daily distribution, probably meaning in sustenance given to the poor and needy. The Twelve took the complaint of the Hellenists seriously and dealt decisively with the discontent that was endangering the koinonia. They summoned the body of the faithful [plethos] and asked them to select “seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3) to serve tables [diakonein trapezais], whom they, the Twelve, would appoint for this duty.

 …Luke differentiated the role of the Twelve and that of the ‘multitude’ [plethos] in the appointment of the Seven. The Twelve and the community of believers participated in the decision-making process. The Twelve took the initiative, approving and appointing the seven worthy Hellenists whom the community had selected from among themselves. The leadership of the Twelve was undisputed, while the consent of the faithful was indispensable. … They were engaged in service in the community, for in Acts 6, Luke uses the term diakonia, ‘service’, but not diakonos, “deacon.” Paul uses diakonos for a distinct group in the hierarchy of a local church only once in his undisputed epistles. (Veselin Kesich, Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church AD 33-200, pgs. 38-39)