Treasures of a mother’s heart
A teacher gave her class of second-graders a lesson about the magnet and what it can do. The next day, in a written test, she included this question: “My name has six letters. The first letter is “m.” I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word “mother.” Yes, mothers do pick up things, but they are much more than “magnets” gathering up clothes and picking up around the house. As willing as most mothers are to do such chores, they have a higher calling than that.
“Reflections of a Mother” by Marsha Youree:
I gave you life, but cannot live it for you. I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you. I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe. I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you. I can make you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside. I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you. I can give you love, but I cannot force it on you. I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish. I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor. I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you. I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure. I can tell you about alcohol and drugs, but I can’t say “No” for you. I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you. I can teach you about kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious. I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God. I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life. I can love you with unconditional love all of my life ... and I will.
I’m only shooting from the hip here, because obviously I’m not a mother, but a good mother loves her family and provides an atmosphere where each member can find acceptance, security, and understanding. She is there when her children need a listening ear, a comforting word, a warm hug, or a loving touch on a fevered brow. And for the Christian mother, her greatest joy is teaching her children to trust God and to love Jesus. That kind of mother deserves to be honored -- not just on one special day of the year, but every day, and that recognition should involve more than words; it ought to be shown in respect, thoughtfulness, and loving deeds. (Note to self).
[Luke 2:13-20; 41-52] When days following the funeral, children find themselves “going through” the properties of a loving mother’s memory, it’s amazing to discover what she considered her cherished moments in her children’s life. They are always just simple little things that meant so much to her and kept alive the memory of innocence. We know very little about the childhood of Jesus and it’s probably best we don’t, besides, as John recorded (John 21:25), if everything was written down about Jesus’ life “... I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” With all the commotion and hoopla that was going on in the middle of the night following the birth of our Lord, Luke writes, “... But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Jesus took it upon himself at an early age to launch out into the world and get his ministry started, considered by his parents too early, whereupon he returned and subjected himself to obedience to his parents where he “... grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men; ... But his mother treasured all these things in her heart”; even at the cross (John 19:25). ... and I will.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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