A Mother-inspired prayer

— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —


14th of August
It would be six years.
Six years after she crossed the river to the shore beyond.
My Mom……

She was born in a very remote village to ordinary peasants.
With no means to go to school she went to the woods to work.
Until the pastor spotted her!
Finding her potential he bought her to a Girl’s Home in the city
to ensure quality education.
The missionary ladies there had a great impact on her
and she went on to the Bible school
as one of the first native woman to do so.

She married a pastor
and then
was a living example of a wonderful pastor’s wife.
While being mother of the entire congregation
she never neglected the responsibility towards her five children.

As a woman worker she inspired creative initiatives for empowerment and emancipation of downtrodden women.

Her life was characterised by
Joyful service
Administrative acumen
Commitment to justice
And above all Love.

Hers was a life well lived.

Her advice to all pastor’s wives was simple-
Meaningful ministry is always a family ministry.
A supportive spouse is inevitable for a successful minister.

My prayer as I remember her is,

“Mould me O Lord like my Mom,
To be the kind of wife she was,
sister she was,
mother she was,
colleague she was,
neighbour she was
the human being she was
but more so
The pastor’s wife she was.

The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives. They range from somber to humorous and are inspired by all facets of live and faith. Written by ordinary people from all walks of life, they reflect a wide range of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities.

Each week’s text portrays the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.

We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.

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