In Remembrance of Her
If you're way behind on your Mother's Day gift, here's a few suggestions on "What Not to Buy Your Wife."
1. Don't buy anything that plugs in. Anything that requires electricity is seen as utilitarian.
2. Don't buy clothing that involves sizes. The chances are one in seven thousand that you will get her size right, and your wife will be offended the other 6999 times. "Do I look like a size 16?" she'll say. Too small a size doesn't cut it either: "I haven't worn a size 8 in 20 years!"
3. Avoid all things useful. The new silver polish advertised to save hundreds of hours is not going to win you any brownie points.
4. Don't buy anything that involves weight loss or self-improvement. She'll perceive a six-month membership to a diet center as a suggestion that's she's overweight.
5. Don't buy jewelry. The jewelry your wife wants, you can't afford. And the jewelry you can afford, she doesn't want.
In all seriousness, it's good that we have a day set aside to honor our mothers because we so easily neglect them and take them for granted. They would never say, "Honor Us! Take Notice of Us!" Instead, they often work tirelessly, quietly and in anonymity not seeking honor or recognition. Ilion Jones writes that "On the great biographer Ida M. Tarbell's 80th birthday, someone asked her to name the greatest persons she had ever met. She responded, 'The greatest persons I have ever met are those nobody knows anything about.'" I believe that could still be said today. The greatest persons are the persons no one knows and certainly there will be many anonymous mothers in that category.
So today we give honor to whom honor is certainly due, the army of the anonymous and unnamed heroes that have nurtured us - our mothers. Our mothers are often remembered more for the beautiful deeds they have done rather than their words. In our recent series of sermons, we looked at just such a woman. The woman who anointed Jesus at Bethany ...
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