FAITH LOOKS UP
They were watching TV when Mom said to Dad, “It’s getting late, and I’m tired; I think I’ll go to bed.” Getting up, she went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches, rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.
Then she put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washing machine, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and the telephone directory back in the drawer.
She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and walked toward the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip. Next she signed a birthday card to a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope, added an item to the grocery list and put both near her purse.
Dad called out, “I thought you were going to bed.” “I’m on my way,” she said. She put some water into the dog’s dish, put the cat out and made sure the doors were locked and that the front light was on. She looked in on each of the kids, turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s, hung up a shirt and threw some dirty socks into the hamper.
In the bedroom she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, and straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her six most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.
About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. “I think I’ll turn in too.” And he did.
The ancient proverb, “A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done,” is right, don’t you think?
This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. I hope you will be in church—with your mother if possible—to give thanks for her life, her love, and her selfless devotion. Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple, where he was senior minister for 23 years before retiring. He writes a religious column for several newspapers.