I was blessed to have two wonderful parents. My dad was a hard worker, a great athlete, and my role model. He was quick-witted and was a kind and gentle man. My mother was the matriarch of our family. She was an excellent cook and baker and a person that I could discuss anything with. I quite often got teased about being a mama’s boy and that I was. Until this day, I am proud of that. I often say that the closest you can get to the love of God is that of a mother’s love.
In 1982 my mother was diagnosed with very serious breast cancer and the prognosis was not very promising. My mother was not negative in any way with her prognosis. She often said, “With God, anything is possible and without hope, we have nothing.” My mother lived for twenty more years to enjoy each day of her life with hope for the future.
I believe that part of being a good steward is to be hopeful for our future and to believe that with God all things are possible. On November 15, 16, 17, 18 Vince Ambrosetti will host a mission at our church entitled, “Future Full of Hope.” I encourage you to attend. Vince is absolutely, amazing! No matter what we experience throughout our lives, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and that light is Jesus Christ and the new hope he brings to each of us.
God bless you,
John Bartos, Jr.