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For those who wait for Mother’s Day

This came into my email and it’s a keeper. I hope it inspires you to reach out and touch those you love in special ways.


BEING A MOTHER…

After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to
take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She

said, ‘I love you, but I know this other woman loves
you and would love to spend some time with you.’
* * *
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been alone for 20 years,
but the demands of my work and my two boys had
made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
* * *
That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner and a movie.
* * *
‘What’s wrong, aren’t you well,’ she asked?
* * *
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
of bad news.
* * *
‘I thought it would be pleasant to spend some
time with you,’ I responded. ‘Just the two of us.’
She thought about it for a moment, and then said,
‘I would like that very much.’
* * *
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick
her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her
house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous
about our date. She waited in the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the
dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
birthday on November 19th.
* * *
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an
angel’s. ‘I told my friends that I was going to go
out with my son, and they were impressed,’ she said,
as she got into that new white van. ‘They can’t wait to hear about our date’.
* * *
We went to a restaurant that, although not
elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my
arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat
down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only
read large print. Half way through the entries, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at
me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. ‘It was I
who used to have to read the menu when you were
small,’ she said. ‘Then it’s time that you relax and
let me return the favor,’ I responded.
* * *
During the dinner, we had an agreeable

conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up
on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so
much that we missed the movie.
* * *
As we arrived at her house later, she said,

‘I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me
invite you.’ I agreed.
* * *
‘How was your dinner date?’

asked my wife when I got home.
‘Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,’

I  answered.
* * *
A few days later, my mother died of a massive
heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t
have a chance to do anything for her.
* * *
Some time later, I received an envelope with a
copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place
mother and I had dined. An attached note said: ‘I
paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two

plates – one for you and the other for your wife.
You will never know what that night meant for me.

I love you, son.’
* * *
At that moment, I understood the importance of
saying in time: ‘I LOVE YOU’ and to give our loved
ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is
more important than your family. G ive them the time
they deserve, because these things cannot be put off
till ‘some other time.’
* * *
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back
to normal after you’ve had a baby…… somebody
doesn’t know that once you’re a mother,

‘normal’ is  history.
* * *
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by
instinct … somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

* * *
Somebody said being a mother is boring ….
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said if you’re a’good’ mother,
your child will ‘turn out good’….

somebody thinks a child comes with
directions and a guarantee..
* * *
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a
mother…. somebody never helped a fourth grader
with his math.
* * *
Somebody said you can’t love the second child as
much as you love the first …. somebody doesn’t
have two children.
* * *
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother
is labor and delivery….
somebody never watched her ‘baby’ get on the bus
for the first day of  kindergarten …
or on a plane headed for military ‘boot camp..’
* * *
Some body said a mother can stop worrying after her
child gets married….somebody doesn’t know that
marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a
mother’s heartstrings.
* * *
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when

her last child leaves home….
somebody never had grandchildren.
* * *
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so
you don’t need to tell her….

somebody isn’t a mother.

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The Holy Alphabet


Although
things are not perfect
Because
of trial or pain
Continue
in thanksgiving
Do
not begin to blame

 
Even
when the times are hard
Fierce
winds are bound to blow
God
is forever able
Hold
on to what you know
 
Imagine
life without His love
Joy
would cease to be
Keep
thanking Him for all the things
Love
imparts to thee
 
Move
out of ‘Camp Complaining’
No
weapon that is known

On
earth can yield the power
Praise
can do alone
 
Quit
looking at the future
Redeem
the time at hand
Start
every day with worship
To
‘thank’ is a command
 
Until
we see Him coming
Victorious
in the sky
We’ll
run the race with gratitude
Xalting
God most high
 
Yes
, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but.
Zion waits in glory..where none are ever sad!
 
–Author Unknown