by Frank Pollard

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II Timothy 1:3; Exodus 20:12
Paul is writing his young son in the ministry, Timothy.
In verse 3, he says to him: "I thank God whom I serve as my
forefathers did with a clear conscience as night and day I
constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears,
I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I have
been reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your
grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded
now lives in you, also."
In Exodus 20 are the Ten Commandments. Ted Koppell reminded
the Duke graduating class last spring that they are the Ten
Commandments, not the ten suggestions. But the Ten Command-
ments contain this statement made in chapter 20, verse 12:
"Honor your father and your mother that you may live long in
the land which the Lord your God is giving you."
My favorite columnist is Erma Bombeck. She has all the
wit and wisdom of Lewis Grizzard with a lot more conscience
and character. She wrote: "When God was creating mothers,
He was into the sixth day of overtime. When the angel
appeared and said, 'You're fiddling around a lot with this
one.' 'Have you seen the specifics on this model?' asked the
Lord. 'Why, she has to be washable, yet not plastic. Have
180 moveable parts, all of them replaceable. Run on black
coffee and leftovers. Have a laugh that disappears when she
stands up. Have a kiss that cures everything from broken
legs to disappointed love affairs, and six pairs of hands.'
"Six pairs of hands?" shook the angel. "Impossible!"
"Well, it's not the pairs of hands that bother me so much,"
said the Lord, "as it is the three pairs of eyes that mothers
have to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the
angel. "Yes," said the Lord. "Two for seeing through closed
doors when she asks 'What's going on in there?' when she
already knows what's going on in there. Two for seeing things
that she shouldn't see but has to know about ...

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