Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Ephesians 6:1-3 1”Children,obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.2″Honoryour father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise 3″thatit may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” This week we are honoring ourmothers. Not only are we commanded to honor our mothers; it is also the sensibleand loving thing to do. Many of us here today wish we still had our mothersliving so we could honor them, remember them and love them. A six-year-old boy, separated from his mother in a supermarket, began to callfrantically for “Martha! Martha! Martha!” That was his mother’s name and shecame running to him quickly. “But, honey,” she admonished, “you should not callme ‘Martha’, I am ‘Mother’ to you.” “Yes, I know,” he answered, “but this storeis full of mothers.” Our world is full of mothers, but we have only one motherwho is special. Should be. Must always be. There is no one like our mothers.And no one can take the place of our mothers. {{more}} Someone wrote: You have Turned into a Mom When: You automatically double-knoteverything you tie. You find yourself humming the Barney song as you do thedishes. You hear a baby cry in the grocery store, and you start to gently swayback and forth, back and forth. However, your children are either at school orlong gone! You actually start to like the smell of strained carrots mixed withapplesauce. You spend a half hour searching for your sunglasses only to haveyour teenager say, “Mom, why do not you wear the ones you pushed up on yourhead?” You are out for a nice romantic meal with your husband, enjoyingsome real adult conversation, when suddenly you realize that you’ve reachedover and started to cut up his steak! My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done. “If you’re going tokill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.” My mothertaught me about religion. “You better pray that will come out of thecarpet.”My mother taught me about time travel. “If you don’tstraighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” Mymother taught me logic.”Because I said so, that’s why.” My mothertaught me foresight. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’rein an accident.” My mother taught me irony. “Keep crying and I willgive you something to cry about.” My mother taught me about the science ofosmosis. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.” My mother taught meabout stamina. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.” Mymother taught me about weather. “This room of yours looks as if a tornadowent through it.” My mother taught me the circle of life. “I broughtyou into this world, and I can take you out.” My mother taught me aboutbehavior modification. “Stop acting like your father!” My mothertaught me about envy. “There are millions of less fortunate children inthis world who do not have wonderful parents like you do.” My mothertaught me about anticipation. “Just wait until we get home” My mothertaught me about receiving. “You are going to get it when you gethome!” My mother taught me medical science.”If you do not stopcrossing your eyes, the wind will change and you will stay like that.” Mymother taught me how to become an adult.”If you do not eat yourvegetables, you will never grow up.” My mother taught me genetics. “Youact just like your father.” My mother taught me about my roots. “Shutthat door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn? Mymother taught me wisdom. “When you get to be my age, you will understand. “Mymother taught me about justice. “One day you will have kids, and I hopethey turn out just like you!” On Mother’s Day we cannot say enough good things about our mothers, but we willtry. And God help us if we do not! A boy got his first job. As he was boasting about the amount of work he did, hesaid, “I get up at 5 a.m. and have my breakfast.” He was asked,”Does anyone else get up too?” He replied, “Oh yes, mother getsup and fixes my breakfast and then fixes dad’s breakfast.” “And whatabout your dinner?” The boy said, “Oh, mother, fixes that too.” “Doesyour mother have the afternoon to herself?” The boy replied, “No,mama cleans the house, looks after the other children, and then gets supper forme and dad when we come home. Then we watch TV before we go to bed.” “What about your mother? What does she do?” The boy replied,”Mama washes some clothes and irons the rest of the evening.” “Doyou get paid?” “Of course, Dad and I get paid.” “And whatabout your mother, does she get paid too?” The boy replied, “mother,get paid?! Mother does not get paid. She does not do any work.” If anyonebelieves that moms do not work, I would suggest that you’d better keep yourmouth shut. In Proverbs 31, we see that mothers do all kinds of work. She sews v. 13, 19, 22 “She selects wool…and works with eagerhands.” When my twin brothers were born in 1944 mom alreadyhad a three-year-old boy. I think all three of us were in diapers. No Pamperseither. And no washer. Most of you know about those days. Nothing fancy in our homes. No extras. Butmom worked hard, cooked meals ,she cleaned house, washed clothes, ironed clothes , put out a garden, and later, worked as a Licensed Practical Nursewhile still taking care of the home. Thank you, mom, for all your hard work. Proverbs31:26 says, “She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on hertongue.” When Preacher John Wesley was a student at Oxford University, he was shocked bythe amount of drinking done by the students. After writing to his mother, Susanna Wesley, for her counsel, he received thefollowing words: “My dear son: remember that anything which increases theauthority of the body over the mind is an evil thing.” Great instruction!And I am sure that Susanna Wesley said a lot of other good words of wisdom toher children. A London editor submitted to Winston Churchill for his approval a list of allthose who had been Churchill’s teachers. Churchill returned the list with thiscomment: “You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers; my Mother.” Preacher G. Campbell Morgan had four sons and they all became ministers of thegospel. At a family reunion, a friend asked one of the sons, “Which Morganis the greatest preacher?” While that son looked at his father, hereplied, “Mother.” Mother was the greatest preacher. Many mothershave done a lot of preaching to their children, whether they considered itpreaching or not. I do not remember much of what mom said to me when I was a kid, sad to say. ButI am sure mom said plenty to me! Because I remember that she washed my mouthout with soap a time or two, which meant I said something wrong. And I am sureshe said something to me about it too! I have told you before that I used to tease her in front of people by saying,”Oh, mom, you know I was the best kid you ever had.” And she would say, “No,you were not.” Which meant she lectured me many times about what to do and whatnot to do. Thank you, mom, for caring enough to tell me what was what. Proverbs 31:11-12 says, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacksnothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of herlife.” Amen! If a husband has full or complete confidence in his wife,then you know that she is a woman who loves her man. An epitaph on his wife’s tombstone written by her husband after 60 years ofmarriage, read, “She always made home happy.” That is love. A grandmother was telling her granddaughter goodnight when the little girlsaid, “Mommy and daddy are entertaining some very important peopledownstairs.” “You are right,” grandma agreed, “but how didyou know?” “Just listen,” the little granddaughter said,”mommy is laughing at all of daddy’s jokes.” Brethren, where there isa lot of laughter in a home, you just know that something good is happening inthat home! And, of course, there needs to be more laughter in the home. Proverbs17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine” Amen! When there is alot of laughter in a home, someone is putting out some good medicine. And italso shows a lot of love. A teacher at school put this question to little James in math class,”James, suppose your mother made a cherry pie, and there were ten of youat the table: your mother and father and eight children. How much of the piewould you get?” “A ninth,” was his answer. “No, no, James.Now pay attention. There are ten of you in the home. “Don’t you know yourfractions?” “Yes, maam,” he replied, “I know my fractions,but I know my mother even better, and she would say that she did not want anypie.” The unselfishness of a mother shows a heart of love for her family. And all ofus can remember many unselfish acts of devotion our mamas made to our homes. Some years ago while my mother was still livingat her home, but was stricken with Parkinson Disease I was there alone visitingher for a few days. I was sitting on her couch and she was in her recliner.Suddenly, I started crying over some heavy burden in my life. The tears pouredand I glanced over to look at mother and she was trying hard to get out of herchair. I said, “Mother, what are you doing?” She said, “I’m coming over thereto love you.” Thank you, mom, for loving your grown son who was burdened. Thankyou, mom, for loving me more than I loved you. Thomas Edison once said, “I did not have my mother long, but she cast over mean influence which has lasted all my life. The good effects of her earlytraining I can never lose. If it had not been for her appreciation and herfaith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely havebecome an inventor. I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of differentmental caliber, I should have turned out badly. But her firmness, hersweetness, her goodness, were potent powers to keep me in the right path. Mymother was the making of me. The memory of her will always be a blessing tome.” What a loving tribute to a blessed mother. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her childrenarise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Now you knowwhat a mother is! Amen!