Magnets and Mothers (Deuteronomy 5:16)

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A teacher gave her class of second-graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day, in a written test, she 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 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 toys around the house. As willing as mothers are to do such chores, they have a higher calling than that.

A good mother loves her family and provides an atmosphere where each member can find acceptance, security, and understanding. She is there when the 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 in helping her children trust and love Jesus as their Savior.

Mothers like that deserve to be honored – not just on one special Sunday each year but every day. And that recognition should involve more than words; it ought to be shown in respect and thoughtfulness and loving deeds. – Richard W. De Haan

Of all the earthly things God gives,

There’s one above all others;

It is the precious, priceless gift

Of loving Christian mothers. – Anon.

Next to the love of Christ, nothing is so wonderful as the love of a mother.

  • May 12, 1991, Our Daily Bread
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