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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:13PM



On this Mother’s Day, our family will honor my mother who turns 95 today. It is hard to fathom being that old! It seems difficult for my mother as she battles dementia and the decreasing ability to understand and remember. So I have been remembering for her.

What a different world she entered in 1918! Mom was one of nine born to a strong farm family. They were raised with solid biblical values along with a work ethic that’s almost nonexistent today. Neighbors knew and cared for each other and helped out — whether in sickness such as diphtheria, which almost took my mother’s life, or by sharing resources during the difficult days of the Great Depression.

After World War II, she married my dad, whom she met right before he was shipped off to face D-Day. This spunky southern belle used her brave pioneer spirit to adapt to the frightening city of Chicago.

I appreciate the practical things she taught me such as culinary skills, sewing and gardening — the old-fashioned ways of how to make a house into a cozy home. Her kind heart would often reach out to those in need. She excelled in writing newsy notes to relatives and friends all around the country.

Proverbs 31 asks, “Who can find a virtuous woman? — for her value is far above rubies.” This beautiful passage extols virtues that are often overlooked but are precious in God’s eyes. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”

Thank you, Mom, for your example all these years. You have blessed me, and I am forever grateful.

To all moms, thank you for all you do but especially for who you are, a wonderful blessing to your family. Happy Mother’s Day!

Susan Tesauro

Palos Heights

It’s a broken world

Jeff Robertson responded to my letter regarding the Boston Marathon bombings by suggesting that “God did nothing” and could have “prevented the bombings (but) apparently, he didn’t want to.”

It seems fair to assume his comments are meant to indicate that God’s unwillingness to prevent the bombings is actually an indication that there is no God.

My heart is heavy when I contemplate the pain and suffering in this world, too. However, it’s helpful to remember that human beings have free will. God has granted us the ability to make genuine choices, and these choices have consequences.

There is a part of me that sometimes wishes that God would intervene and prevent us from exercising our free will. But then it would not be free will.

As a result of sin, we live in a broken world where broken things happen. I realize there will be people who will not agree with these concepts of Christian theology.

I do not have a desire to engage in an ongoing debate with Mr. Robertson. I understand how he can feel the way he feels. And I respect his right to believe what he believes. But I felt it was important to keep in mind a couple of the thoughts that I’ve presented here, as we contemplate the tragedies that occur. On some level, I freely concede, life can be confusing for all of us.

Rev. Dan Marler

First Church of God

Oak Lawn



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