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Mothers, A Special “Thank You”

By Don Loftis | 05.04.11

A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson about magnets and how they can be used to pick things up. The next day she gave them a written test that included this question: My full name has six letters. The first one is “M.” I pick up things. What am I? When the test papers were returned, the teacher was astonished to find that over half of the children had answered the question with the word “MOTHER.”

Mothers certainly do make a career of “picking up things.” They pick up clothes and toys around the house; they serve as a taxi picking up children from a myriad of activities; they pick up toddlers who fall down and kiss the hurt away; their encouragement picks up the spirit and mends a broken heart. These efforts are not limited to childhood experiences, but last as long as they live.

Mothers’ Day is a marvelous time to offer thanks for God’s “picker-uppers.” Certainly, children are commanded to “honor their fathers and mothers” so that their lives will be blessed (Eph. 6:2-3). No matter our age, we need to be thankful for those who gave us life and raised us. Husbands should use this day to thank their wives for making them fathers. Remember, it was her “labor” that lets you celebrate Fathers’ Day. It is even a day on which mothers can give thanks for the miracle of life and the privilege of being a mommy.

My prayer is that we are aware of the greatest and most powerful magnets in the world — for mothers are magnets of love.


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