SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Thank your mother

Some kids were asked some questions about motherhood. Here are their creative responses:
Why did God make mothers?
She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
How did God make Mothers?
God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
God knew that she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.
Why did your mom marry your dad?
My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
What’s the difference between moms and dads?
Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just work at work.
What’s the difference between moms and grandmas?
About 30 years.
I don’t have the privilege of talking with my mother anymore. She died in 1999 of a massive stroke –on my 40th birthday. She was sixty years old and in good health, so it came as a complete surprise. As I think about my mother three words come to mind: faith, love, and stability.
My mother was a faithful Christian. She took my two sisters and me to church faithfully every week. She modeled a faithful Christian life to me.
I am a Christian today largely due to her influence. Thank you, Mom, for being a faithful Christian.
She was also loving. I knew my mother loved me tremendously. She not only told me so many times, but her interest in my life and her support in things small and large convinced me that she really did love me.
Thank you, Mom, for loving me unconditionally.
I guess it was her faithfulness and love that combined to give me stability.
Especially through my rocky teenage years, my mom was my rock. I could always find stability and security in her presence. Thank you, Mom, for being my rock.
Maybe you mothers out there feel overworked and under-appreciated –you certainly are underpaid!
I want you to know that God has given you the most important job in the world! Don’t ever apologize for being “just a mom.”
You may work at some big company and have some big job –and that’s fine – but the most important thing you’ll ever do in your life is raise kids and train kids who will grow up to be men and women of character.
Proverbs 31:10-31 is a tribute to wives and mothers. Verse 28 says, “Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
I don’t have the privilege of calling up my mother to praise her. If you do, don’t waste another minute. Pick up the phone, or go visit her. Rise up and call her blessed.
Thankfully, I am a husband; and my wife is an awesome mother to our two children. They are both grown and married now, and we have entered a new season of “grandparenthood.”
So I gladly rise and praise her. Thank you, honey, for being a faithful, loving, wife and mother, who brings such stability to my life. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:29)
The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church

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