Poem from “Clouds are the Dust of His Feet” by Ruth Bell Graham (1992, Crossway Books)
The beauty of the spring season is upon us and a wonderful reminder that our Creator, Almighty God, brings new life to all who seek His face.
With spring in mind and Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th, 2016) right around the corner, we’re sharing some lovely seasonal products from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove. Whether you purchase in person, or call and have us deliver right to your home, we hope you will find something that will delight you, or be the perfect gift for someone special in your life.
Each of these products are great reminders of how God shows His love, mercy, and grace to us each and every day.
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God bless you!
Check out some of our special products carried at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore here at The Cove that would be perfect for celebrating mom on Mother’s day (it’s just around the corner–Sunday May 10) or maybe treat yourself to something nice!
Lamb Over Me Chinese Symbol
Ruth Bell Graham was born in China to missionary parents and carried a lifelong love for the people of this land. The “Chinese character for Righteousness” is placed at the top of the stone on her resting site at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. The same character is on her father’s gravestone. Her father served as a medical doctor in China for 25 years.
Ruth Graham’s “Lamb Over Me” Pendant: $19.99
Blessings to you!
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By Ruth Bell Graham
For all these smallnesses
I thank You, Lord:
and small needs;
small meals to cook,
small talk to heed,
and a small book
from which to read
small hurts to heal,
small disappointments, too,
When day is through
my mind is small,
my strength is gone;
and as I gather
each dear one
I pray, “Bless each
for Jesus’ sake–
such angels sleeping,
What wears me out
are little things:
Forgive me, Lord,
if I have whined;
… it takes so much
to keep them shined;
yet each small rub
has its reward,
for they have blessed me.
God bless all mothers and their children today.
Jesus, good Shepherd, they are not mine but Yours,
for I am not mine but Yours.
I am Yours, Lord, and they are Yours,
because by Your wisdom You have created
both them and me,
and by Your death You have redeemed us.
So we are Yours, good Lord, we are Yours,
whom You have made with such wisdom
and bought so dearly.
Then if You commend them to me, Lord,
You do not therefore desert me or them.
You commend them to me:
I commend myself and them to You.
Yours is the flock, Lord, and Yours is the shepherd.
Be Shepherd of both Your flock and shepherd.
You have made an ignorant mother,
a blind leader, an erring ruler:
teach the mother You have established,
guide the leader You have appointed,
govern the ruler You have approved.
I beg You,
teach me what I am to teach,
lead me in the way that I am to lead,
rule me so that I may rule others.
Or rather, teach them, and me through them,
lead them, and me with them,
rule them, and me among them.
Anselm (1033 – 1099), Archbishop of Canterbury, translated by Sister Benedicta Ward, S.L.G. Adapted for mothers by Ruth Bell Graham.
“Of all the people I have ever known, she had the greatest influence on me,” Billy Graham said of his mother, Morrow.
As we prepare to honor mothers this Sunday, check out what he had to say in the autobiography and also at the May 11, 2003, San Diego Crusade.
“In many Crusades over the years,” wrote Billy, “I have devoted at least one message to the subject of the family. In my Depression-era growing-up years, I suppose we Grahams on our North Carolina dairy farm bore some resemblance to the fictional Walton family on television. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about simpler times, but they obviously were not easier times. Nor were they necessarily happier times.
“What we did have back then was family solidarity. We really cared about each other, and we liked to do things together. Jesus’ word picture of a hen gathering her brood under her wing fits my mother. She saw to it that we gathered frequently and regularly—and not just around the dinner table or in front of the radio for favorite broadcasts. She gathered us around herself and my father to listen to Bible stories, to join in family prayers, and to share a sense of the presence of God.”
On August 14, 1981, Morrow Graham quietly left this earth in her sleep and entered Heaven.
“When word came,” said Billy, “I wept and yet rejoiced at the same time. Of all the people I have ever known, she had the greatest influence on me. I am sure one reason that the Lord has directed and safeguarded me, as well as Ruth and the children, through the years was the prayers of my mother and father.”
Speaking on Mother’s Day 2003, Billy told the audience in San Diego that his mother was a farm woman. “She and my father didn’t have much education … But my mother was a woman of God. She always had devotions with us, she always prayed with us, she always loved us, and did so many things, as I look back now, out of the way. And she and my father, when I was in Bible school, they would go up to a room upstairs and kneel down every morning at 10 o’clock to pray for their son in Bible school.”
PHOTO shows Billy Graham and his mother.