The best gift — eternal love

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006

Three brothers were trying to determine the best gift to give to their aging mother. Each had done well and prospered in their respective career, so they could afford a nice gift.

The first decided to buy his mother a new house.

The second purchased a Mercedes for his mother’s use, complete with a driver.

The third remembered that his mother loved to read the Bible.

He bought a parrot that had been specially trained to quote Bible verses. He contributed a huge sum of money to the monks in a monastery who worked for years to train the Bible-quoting bird.

Not long after presenting their gifts, the boys received notes of thanks from their elderly mother.

She thanked the first son for the house, but explained she only needed a small place to live and the new house was too big to take care of.

The second son was thanked for the car and driver, but mother said she did not get out much anymore, so she did not use the gift much.

The third son was thanked for his thoughtful, practical gift.

The mother wrote, “You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes. That chicken was delicious.”

As we ponder what to give mothers for their special day, it is a good idea to try and determine what the best gift might be.

Good gifts are mentioned in Luke 11:13, along with one from the heavenly Father that anyone and everyone can receive.

Every mother can use an extra arm. That would be a nice gift. In fact, if evolution is true, how come mothers haven’t evolved with more arms to handle all the work they do?

Some elementary school kids were asked questions about their mothers. Here is a sampling of the questions and responses.

· What kind of little girl was your mom?

“I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.”

· What did your mom need to know about your dad before she married him? “She had to know his background, like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say ‘no’ to drugs and ‘yes’ to chores?”

· Why did your mom marry your dad?

First response, “She got too old to do anything else with him.”

Second response, “My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.”

The following answers from the kids might give you some ideas for a gift.

· What would it take to make your mom perfect? “On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.”

· What does your mom do in her spare time? “To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.”

· Is anything about your mom perfect? “Just her children.”

There you have it: ideas for gifts in the form of a touch of outside perfection, some spare time, and most important, children who are perfect.

Children who reflect their mother’s touch in their lives, and who remember to always and in all ways love the one who gave them life, become very nice gifts, perhaps the best.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those special moms, and I hope you get the best gift.

Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church on Swanson River Road and Entrada. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and worship service is at 11 a.m.



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