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In the arms of another woman
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I heard about a young minister who was preparing to preach his first sermon. He asked an experienced pastor for advice on how to begin his sermon.

“Start with an illustration that will grab their attention,” the older preacher said. “For example: ‘Some of the best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who was not my wife.’ He smiled at the younger man’s shocked expression before adding, “She was my mother.”

The next Sunday the young pastor nervously clung to the pulpit as he faced the congregation. Finally he said, “Some of the best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who was not my wife.” He was pleased at the instant reaction—then became panic-stricken, and said, “But for the life of me, I can’t remember who she was!”

Forgetting your mother can be costly. I remember that one year I sent my fiancée (who is now my wife) flowers on the half-year anniversary of our engagement. The only problem was that it also happened to be the time of my mother’s birthday, yet I forgot to send my mother anything— not even a card! Not smart.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Why not honor your mother in a special way? If she lives near you, take her to church with you, and make her day special with a meal and special gifts. Most churches honor mothers in a special way on Mother’s Day. If your mother lives far away, send her a card and a gift, and call her on Sunday to let her know how special she is to you. If you are able, consider traveling to see her on Mother’s Day. If your mother is no longer living, take time to remember her in a special way. A good way to honor your mother’s memory is to honor the special women in your life such as your sister or aunt. And men, don’t forget to honor the mother and/or stepmother of your children.

Whatever you do this Sunday, don’t forget Mom. After all, you spend many years in her arms, even if you can’t remember it.

Copyright 2007 by Bob Rogers. Read more “Holy Humor” on the Web page of First Baptist Church of Rincon at