On Sunday, May 13, we all celebrate Mother’s Day. There is one thing that every person has in common with each other: We all have or have had a mother. Let’s make it our top priority that this upcoming Sunday we will honor our living mother in a way that she truly deserves. And if our mother is no longer here, let’s praise God, thank Him, and honor Him for giving to us the “WORLD’S BEST MOTHER!”
That Precious Name!
Mother! A name that God chose for a very special person indeed. Following is a poem that honors our Mothers.
“Mother! That precious name.
Forever more the same.
Earth’s greatest word.
Though ages past have flown, no sound was ever known, like that dear name alone, or ever heard.
From childhood’s earliest day, she guarded all our way with tenderest care.
She shared our every woe, each cherished hope did know, heard every whisper low of childish prayer.
Our Mother! God to Thee in deep humility we lift our praise: Keep those we love the best through every trial and test, and may they ever rest safe in thy care.
Mother’s Day Quotes
“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?
— Nancy Thayer
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”
— Lin Yutang
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
— Abraham Lincoln
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
— Author Unknown
“Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
— Elizabeth Stone
“Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital ‘M’; she’s something sacred to me. I love her dearly…yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.”
— Sophia Loren
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
— George Washington
“Nobody knows of the work it makes to keep the home together. Nobody knows of the steps it takes, nobody knows — but Mother.”
A Time To Die
In 1971, President BoKassa of the Central African Republic celebrated Mother’s Day by ordering the execution of all men jailed for crimes against their mothers. H-m-m-m, maybe a good idea!
A Love Cake For Mother
A cake that will make everyone smile! Just make sure you prepare it according to the following recipe: 1 can of “obedience,” several pounds of “affection,” 1 pint of “neatness,” some birthday, holiday, and every day surprises, 1 can of running errands (the willing brand), 1 box of powdered “Get up when I should,” 1 bottle of “Keep sunny all day long,” and 1 can of pure “Thanksgiving.” Mix well, bake in a hearty, warm oven and serve to mother every day. She ought to have it in BIG SLICES.
Do Not Lie To Mother
To celebrate Mother’s Day, John invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother couldn’t help noticing how beautiful John’s roommate Julie was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between John and his roommate, and this only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between John and the roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom’s thoughts, John volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Julie and I are just roommates.”
About a week later, Julie came to John and said, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I can’t find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”
John said, “Well, I doubt it, but I’ll write her a letter just to be sure.”
So he sat down and wrote:
“Dear Mother, I’m not saying you ‘did’ take a gravy ladle from my house, and I’m not saying you ‘did not’ take a gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love, John.”
Several days later, John received a letter from his mother which read:
“Dear Son, I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Julie, and I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she were sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom.”
More Adventures Of Little Larry
Larry watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. ‘Why do you do that, mommy?’ he asked. ‘To make myself beautiful,’ said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue. ‘What’s the matter, asked Larry, ‘Giving up?’
Although these were given to me after the deadline for printing the journal, celebrating birthdays last week was Ruth Lawson on Thursday, May 3; Lisa Ward and Gabriel Parker on Friday, May 4; Jesse Whitmire on Saturday, May 5; Jacob Hill, Kelsey Hill, and Braddie Rice on Sunday, May 6; Julia Lane Chaney and Reeder Norman on Monday, May 7; and Russell “Rusty” Browning on Wednesday, May 9.
Celebrating this week are Bobby Hyatt and Don Moore on Thursday, May 10; Evelyn Brown on Sunday, May 13; Dolly Pittman on Tuesday, May 15. Kamryn Bogan, great-grandson of Nancy Browning, who will be 3 years old on Tuesday, May 15. He has a special distinction for earning 15-plus trophies in “Baby Contests.” Apparently, he is very photogenic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Y’ALL!
We have four (4) couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week. They are Don and Carol Kingsmore on Monday, May 14; Walker and Janice Babb, Rubin and Lisa Morris, and Michael and Michelle Wingertsahn on Tuesday, May 15. I hope that this is your best anniversary yet!
Our Deepest Sympathies
Mrs. Cathy Parks, 60, 202 Buffalo St., Buffalo, SC, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.
Born Jan. 4, 1952, a daughter of the late Joseph Woodrow and Dolly Bledsoe Haney. Mrs. Parks was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Buffalo and worked with the Li’l Cricket Food Stores for many years.
Survivors include three daughters, Paige Groves (Ronnie Joe) of Buffalo, Chelsey Parks (Marcus Spencer) of the home, Marissa Parks of Union; four grandchildren, Whitney Groves (Jamie Brown), Cammie Groves, Jaylan Spencer, Ty’Shaw’ Rice; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Brown; three special friends, Gwen Tucker, Tootie Groves and Dee Haney.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Ingle; and one sister, Sue Haney Brassington.
We must not forget that even though there is grieving for us on earth when a loved one dies, there is rejoicing in heaven for the “homecoming” of God’s child.
Are You A Secret Servant?
Do you know what a “secret servant” is? A secret servant is a person through whom God blesses another person. The secret servant is not looking for public recognition, but for the thrill of blessing someone in a secret way.
An example of the work of a secret servant can be seen in what happened to Ms. Nancy Browning this week. She was in the “drive-thru” at Hardee’s where she placed her order. Upon arriving at the pay window, she was told that the car in front of hers had already paid for her food. To this day, neither Ms. Browning, nor the clerk at Hardee’s knows the identity of the “secret servant.” But God knows who that person is. And Jesus promised in Matthew 6:3-4 that whatever we do in secret, our Father sees and will reward us.
So I challenge you to be a “secret servant” this week and let God bless someone through you. Showing compassion secretly comes from God. I can guarantee you that it will bring joy and a blessing to you.
Yes, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. But really! Every day should be “Mother’s Day.” And with every opportunity, we should tell our Mother, our wife, our loved one those wonderful three words, “I LOVE YOU.” After all, the words you can say today, you may not be able to say tomorrow. And once she is gone, we will TRULY MISS the joy of expressing our love. Remember, we CAN NEVER say too many times, “I love you.”
Thought of the Week
“A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.”
— Alice Kramden, “The Honeymooners”
If You Have Good News
When you see, hear, or make news, hear good, funny, and clean jokes, please email your news and jokes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at 864-441-2371, mail your news to me at POB 128, Buffalo, or stop me on the street. When you celebrate good things in your life, I would like to share that with the good people of Buffalo.
Until next week, may God bless you richly.