by J. Gerald Harris

A Tribute to Mothers
J. Gerald Harris
1 Samuel 1-2

We have heard some beautiful tributes to mothers today. Thank God for Christian mothers.

John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, said, ''All that I am my mother made me.''

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, said, ''All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.''

Dwight L. Moody, the famed evangelist, declared, ''All that I have ever accomplished in life I owe to my mother.''

Napoleon who was elected the emperor of France on May 18, 1804, said, ''Let France have good mothers and she will have good sons.''

Benjamin West was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, but by the time he was 28 he was the most popular painter in London. He startled the art world with his ''Death of General Wolfe.'' He also painted ''Death on the Pale Horse.'' But Benjamin West declared, ''A kiss from my mother made me a painter.''

Henry Ward Beecher, one of America's most notable preachers of the past, once said, ''The memory of my sainted mother is the brightest recollection of my early years.''

James Garfield was elected the twentieth president of the United States in November 1880. His first act after being inaugurated president of the United States was to stoop and kiss his aged mother who sat near him.

They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea.
He wields a mighty scepter,
On lower powers than he.

But mightier power and stronger,
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

I heard about this little girl who was about to say her part in an old fashioned children's day program. When she got in front of the crowd, the sight of hundreds of pairs of curious eyes focused upon her threw her into a panic. Every line that she had rehearsed so carefully faded from her mind and she stood there frozen in her tracks, unable to utter a single syllable.

In the front row her mother was almo ...

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