I’ve just returned from Mom to Mom Ministry Board meetings out in the Boston area. What a great time we had working together, praying together, laughing together—even sharing a few tears from time to time, as we shared our hearts as well as our work.
But the dominant visual memory we will all have from our time together is this: S’Mores! Yes, S’Mores—those wonderful, gooey, gloriously caloric treats many of us remember from Girl Scouts or Christian camps or family vacations.
Why S’Mores? Well, because our chaplain, whom we affectionately call Pastor Kay, began our time together with a brief devotional in which she shared verses from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 in The Message about how much stronger we are as we work together: “A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Much less a 7-stranded one! Kay told us,
“We, board sisters, are much like s’mores. Some of us tend to be like graham crackers: brittle at times, but ultimately sweet. Others of us are more like marshmallows: soft with passion and heart-felt emotion. Still others are more like dark chocolate: quiet, deep, yet so ‘just right’ at the moment needed.
But even though each board member offers individual treasures, when God put us together and added the ‘fire’ of the Holy Spirit, we became so much more than we would have ever been separately—we became s’mores.”
Kay’s devotional made me reflect back over the years since Mom to Mom began. It’s always been a team effort. From the three young moms who originally saw the need of such a ministry to the “Five Mommies” who first comprised the Mom to Mom Board to the “Seven Sisters” our board has grown to include, we’ve always shared the work.
And as we’ve shared the work, we’ve become, as Kay reminded us, so much more than any one of us could ever be by ourselves. Even as we worked together and prayed together—and yes, played together (oh yes, we do know how to have a good time between all those meetings!) S’Mores became a sort of theme for our last three days together.
But the S’mores theme actually extends way beyond our little board. I think it’s a picture of Mom to Mom groups throughout the country. On the leadership level, we Titus 2 leaders are so much more as we join hands around our circles and work together and pray together and love and encourage moms together. And our moms becomes so much more to their families as they share the joys and challenges of their work among their small groups.
Aren’t you glad God gave us each other? Of course ultimately HE is the One who makes us so much more. I’m reminded of Ephesians 4:16: “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (NIV)
In case you’re wondering, yes, we did actually have S’Mores to eat—even though, for some of us working down to the wire before leaving for the airport, we had to take them “to go” in the car so it did get a little messy!
So today I’m thanking God for our Mom to Mom Ministry Board, for all of you doing Mom to Mom throughout the country—and for S’mores!