It is wonderful to find a natural mother who can give spiritual grace in the midst of her own trials. Yet, I discovered I was also part of a larger inheritance.
For one year I was dependent on my joint-heirs in the Kingdom, on my “extended family” of God. They have turned to me hands of mercy and aid and helps.
For I was weary, and they dusted and cleaned and scrubbed and laundered.
For I was fatherless, and they helped me plant dry seeds of promise, symbols of resurrection—life springing from the dark underground. They tilled his soil with me in our helpless “womanity,” praying over the man-sized gas cultivator and stubbornly willing it to do a week’s work in a day.
For I was hungry, and they brought stews of the products of the good earth, and hand-kneaded breads still smelling of yeast, and apple pies from the fruit of the backyard trees.
For I was imprisoned by the “manxome foe” despair, and they sat on my bed and wept as I wept, and brought guitars to concert me privately, singing, “If my head was like water and my eyes a fountain of tears, and I could mourn with the wounds of those who mourn.”
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.