Then Moses answered, “But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’ “ The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Exodus 4:1-2

Mrs. King was the first pastor’s wife I remember. She was a jovial woman who wore her hair in a Gibson Girl style. She recruited me, a teenager, to teach a Sunday School class of 5 four-year-old boys. Teaching the little boys was a challenge. Mrs. King’s support was enabling. She was the first to show me I could help out in the church. 

Cecilia was a preacher’s wife from more recent years. She was young, sweet-natured, and always willing to lend a hand. She once gave a devotional at a PW meeting using Exodus 4:1-2 as the text. God speaks to Moses asking, “What is that in your hand?” Cecilia asked us that question. As we talked, ideas bubbled up: knitting needles, tool boxes, favorite crock pot recipes. Cecilia did that herself, used whatever was in her hand to help others. 

O Lord, thank you for those who have mentored us to grow in our faith journey. Open us to do that for others in your name. Amen.

Beth Cannon

About the Contributor

Beth Cannon is a Ruling Elder at Landrum Presbyterian. Beth’s grandfather was the assisting Deacon when she was christened, setting in motion a love for and willingness to serve the body of Christ.