Words Of Truth - May 5, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"A Tribute To My Mother "

Tribute To Mother
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. ” Exodus 20:12
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Proverbs 31:28

     The following devotional was written by Mr. J. C. Penny in the Christian Herald, during the 1920’s:    

     Of my many recollections of my mother’s beautiful spirit, perhaps the foremost is of her patience and next of her unselfishness.  Occasionally some friend or neighbor meeting me on the street would give me a stick of candy which I took home.  After it was divided, Mother’s share was placed on the clock shelf with the comment, “I will save that for the children.”  To me, for whom the rare sweet was a great treasure, Mother’s act represented a supreme sacrifice and her self-denial and unselfishness left a deep impression upon my young mind.
     Loyal always, loyal to her husband, her children, her friends!  Is it to be wondered at that children reared in such homes should have memories that bind them with golden chains not only in grateful affection to their parents’ memories, but to the principles for which such fathers and such mothers stood firm!  Certain it is that when desperate sorrow came upon me, the recollection of my father’s and my mother’s faith in the righteousness of a Supreme Being was the deciding influence that carried my hesitating feet past the crossroads—past the place of despair.
     On the day dedicated to the memory of our mothers—on the day when we wear the white carnation, so fittingly an emblem of our mothers’ gracious lives, let us not only dwell with ungrateful affection upon our treasured memories but let us ponder, also, upon the influences which we are passing on to our children.  Are we so living that our children may have recollections of our faith, our love, our courage, that will be as anchors to their souls when they, perhaps, are tempest-tossed and hard pressed by life’s storms?  All I ask for my children is that their memories may be as high and as fine as are mine of my father and my mother.

(The text verse and study verses have been added to reinforce the truth
of this devotion.)

Study verses - Judges 5:7; I Samuel 2:17-19; Psalm 113:9; Proverbs 4:3; 6:20; 10:1; 15:20; Proverbs 19:26; 23:22, 25; Proverbs 30:11, 17; Matthew 1:18; 2:11; 15:4, 6; John 19:25-27; Acts 1:14

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"Criticism" - April 28, 2010
"Six Principles For Daily Living" - April 21, 2010
"Faith Through Trial" - April 14, 2010
"We Admire" - April 8, 2010
"Faith Not Shaken" - March 31, 2010
"Take The Stand" - March 24, 2010
"Happiness Versus Pleasure" - March 17, 2010
"Singing" - March 10, 2010
"Wisdom" - March 3, 2010

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