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We should honor, respect, love our mothers - James C. Bell

I have many fond memories of my mother. There is nothing like a mother's love for her child.

While I was growing up, it seemed I was always stumping my toe (I went bare footed all summer) or getting a cut or bruise somewhere, and I automatically ran to my mother for help.

She would put salve or some soothing medicine on my "hurt" and assure me it was going to be alright. Perhaps, the best medicine she gave me was a big hug, and holding me in her lap, she would say, "Now Buddy, you need to be more careful and not get in such a rush."

I was always in a hurry to play as much as I could before the day was over. I had a double blessing in my young life, for my grandmother lived close by and I spent as much time with her as I could.

She and my mother were the best cooks! I sure loved most of the food they cooked, and I especially liked to go with grandmother into the woods to gather herbs and roots and wild berries to eat.

They could make the best blackberry pie I ever put in my mouth! She and my mother taught me to respect other people and be nice to all adults, as well as my young friends. I probably got away with lots of things I should not have done, but between the two of them, they kept me pretty straight.

I sure loved and respected both of them, and I have really missed them in my life.

The Holy Bible says in Proverbs 6:20: "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother." Ephesians 6:1-3 tells us, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth."

The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom and wise sayings. It is credited to King Solomon, but some of it is a collection of wise sayings of other kings, although 3,000 proverbs are said to have been written by King Solomon and also 1,005 songs (1st Kings 4:32).

In Proverbs 31: 10 -31, we find a wonderful description of a wise wife and mother, "The wife of noble Character." It begins, "A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life. (Please read all of this scripture.)

Verses 28-31 say: "Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also and he praises her; many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

This Sunday is set aside as Mother's Day. Let's give our wives and mothers the praise they deserve, and show our love to them by telling them how much we do love, honor and respect them.

We would do well to give them beautiful flowers and take them out to a great lunch. I wish all mothers and wives a wonderful day with their families.