The Significance of May – Cheryl Green Rosario, Congregant and Missions Chair In the month of May we set aside time to celebrate mothers. In fact, I recently visited the gravesite of my mother and as I laid flowers at her grave with my sisters, I reflected on her beautiful grace and her unconditional love for her children. She was a woman of incredible strength and faith and taught her children God’s love. The bible shares many stories of strength, kindness, unconditional love, patience, faith and loyalty from mother’s like Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Jochebed, Naomi, Hannah, Elizabeth and of course Mary to name a few. One of my favorite verses in the bible that speaks of mothers is “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” – Proverbs 31:25 May is also a month we remember and honor men and women who have died while protecting our Country. John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”. Though we have seen so much strength, faith and tenacity from many of the women in the bible or even in our own mothers and we hear stories of the bravery of our soldiers who have fought for this country, we also know there are many suffering. Did you know May was also Mental Health Awareness Month? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration just released data showing every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness. However, so many people never seek help. Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. While you are heading to the beach over the Memorial Holiday or firing up the grill and enjoying time with your family and friends, let us not forget those who may need us to reach out. What can you do today to bring sunshine to someone who may be in need of a simple phone call or visit? Even a small action can bring joy to someone who may just need that helping hand today.

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