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COLUMN: Honor your mom for all she means to you

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By George Smith

 Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States and for most it will be a very special day. Telephone companies tell us it is their busiest day of the year.  It is a day for remembering, for greetings and expressions of love.

Your mother may have been gone for many years, but there are still sounds and sights and smells of home, of screen doors banging in the summer time and the aroma of those fresh baked biscuits right out of the oven that greeted you as you got out of bed in the morning.

If your mother is still alive, there ways you can express your love for her.  You can love her verbally. A woman needs to hear the words, “I love you.”

Love her physically – a big hug or a kiss on the cheek. She was the first person to touch you, hold you, cuddle you, all done in love, including grooming you with a licked thumb.

Patiently love her. Mothers have an incredible job with no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood.

Love her attentively. Mother listened as you poured out your heart. Now give her a sympathetic ear.

Gratefully love her. She needs a sincere thank you and not just one day of the year.

Love her generously. We could never repay her but we ought to die trying before she does.

Love her honorably (Exodus 20:12). This is binding as long as your mother lives.

If you still have our mother with you, honor her this Sunday. Not only are we commanded to honor our mothers, it’s also the sensible and loving thing to do.  Many of us wish we still had our mothers living so we could honor them, remember them and love them.