I want to focus today on those who are gentle among you. Before I explain that, I want to wish all you Mom’s a Happy Mother’s day — thanks for all you do! To the gentle and everyone else… listen and lean in.
In Thessalonians, Paul, Timothy & Silvanus, were ministering to the church in Thessalonica. He reminded the people that they were coming to them with care and concern for them because they were so dear to them.
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had before very dear to us.1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
Gentle among you — gentle, the greek epioi, is translated as “mild, kindhearted, caring.” It is likened to a nursing mother with her newborn babe. The mother has such compassion, unconditional love for her children, tenderness and loyalty.
Gentle among you
Today, I’d like to also recognize and thank those who are ‘gentle among you.’ These are the women, men, grandmothers, aunts, uncles and grandfathers who may be raising and caring for children who are not their own and sacrificially giving of themselves. Like surrogate mothers of children, who for one reason or another, they need you to aid in their care. You may not get the thanks you deserve or recognition, because you are not their biological mother, but I want to thank you! You are an unsung hero to these children in many ways!
Keep persevering and doing what you are doing.
God sees you, ‘Gentle among you,’ and He knows of your love and care for these children/youth.