by Roger Thomas

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Life's Most Important Job! (1 of 6)
Season of the Family
Roger Thomas
Proverbs 31:10-31
May 9, 2004

Motherhood isn't for sissies. For one thing, mothers have to survive Mother's Day. Consider these Mother's Day experiences. Eight-year-old Mary wrote her mother a note for Mother's Day. "Dear Mother, here is the box of candy I bought you for Mother's Day. It is very good candy. I know because I already ate three pieces."

Angie, eight years old, wrote: "Dear Mother, I'm going to make dinner for you on Mother's Day. It's going to be a surprise. P.S. I hope you like pizza & popcorn." Little Robert wrote: "Mom, I got you a turtle for Mother's Day. I hope you like the turtle better than the snake I got you last year." Maybe little Carol had a mom's favorite, "Dear Mother, here are two aspirins. Have a happy Mother's Day!"

Six-year-old Johnny and his four-year-old sister Suzy presented their mom with a Mother's Day present—a small, spindly houseplant. It wasn't the best looking flower ever grown but they bought it with their own money. Mom was thrilled. She hugged and kissed her children. She told them she loved them for thinking of her. Then Johnny added, "We wanted to get you some other flowers, Mom, but we didn't have enough money." "Yeah," said sister Suzy, "they were real nice."

"That's OK. I love this plant," mom assured them. "I know, Mom," said Johnny, "but the other flowers would have been perfect. They were in a wreath. They had a ribbon that said, "Rest in peace." You're always saying you want a little peace so you can rest."

Billy Graham says his favorite story is about a husband who was not very attentive to his wife. Mother's Day rolled around. He started feeling guilty. The guy usually never bought her anything. After all, he argued, "She's not my mother!" Bad reasoning! This particular year he decided to make Mother's Day different. On his way home from work he bought a box of candy and some flowers to surpri ...

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