Thanks Mom! (John 21:1-14)

The internet has made it very difficult to keep our personal emails, photos, and videos private. Anything that appears on the internet is potentially available to anyone with an internet connection. The unfortunate consequence is the revealing of embarrassing behaviors and compromising circumstances. The corollary is there may be photos or even videos posted of us that we could be completely unaware.

 

Occasionally, there is a good outcome. Such was the case with this video, posted of my mother before she went home to the Lord in 2013. I was on this social media site following a completely unrelated link when I recalled a member of my mother’s church telling me he posted a video of her reading Scripture. I put my mother’s name into the search mode and a video from five years earlier appeared. She stood in front of a choir and was presumably giving the Scripture reading for the song that was about to be sung.

 

https://vimeo.com/search?q=janet+shitabata

 

My mother loved her Lord, Jesus Christ. Sadly, I never heard my mother read the Bible in a public setting. She never quoted Scripture to me but she was speaking to me now! And although the verses were meant for another worship setting, God’s Word is never bound by time or circumstances. This entire passage is Jesus reassuring His disciples of their greater calling to serve Him. I have been struggling through a difficult period in my life and the comforting Words of Jesus were soothing my soul as He once again revealed Himself to me.

 

After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

John 21:1 (ESV)

 

For some, the internet can be a harsh reminder of a foolhardy lifestyle and regrettable behaviors. On this day, I was blessed by a video that even my mother was unaware she was being filmed. Although there were 38 previous views there were no comments. Well! I immediately joined the social media site and proudly posted a comment.

 

Thanks Mom!

 

I am looking forward to seeing you again someday in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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