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I Corithians 13: 4-13
4)Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
5)Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not
her own, it is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6)Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the
7)Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth
all things, endureth all things.
8)Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophesies, they shall fail; whether there be
tongues, they shall cease; whether there be
knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9)For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10)But when that which is perfect is come, then
that which is in part shall be done away.
11)When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child; but
when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12)For now we see in a glass, darkly; but
then face to face: now I know in part; but then
shall I know even as also I am known.
13)And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these
three; but the greatest of these is charity.
This is REAL LOVE.
God Didn't Make Perfect Mothers
"May I go now?" the almost completed, eager mother asked.
yet. There are essential parts and finishing touches to be added," her Maker replied.
"I look pretty good to me," she
said, peering into the crystal pool at her feet.
"True, you're looking better all the time. But bear with me."
does a mother have to do, God, besides wash, feed, and clothe little bodies?" God only smiled and continued working.
are you doing now?" the curious mother-to-be questioned.
"Tightening your anger valve. If this doesn't work, everyone is
She watched as He reached for the container marked patience.
"And what do I need patience for?" she asked
as He poured in quite a supply. "After a week you will know, my child."
"And whatever could that be?"
"This is your
bypass mechanism. It enables a mother to operate efficiently for long periods of time without compliments from her children."
"I'm sure I won't need that."
"I'm sure you will."
Then God reached for a bundle labeled insulation against loud
"You can skip that," she told him. "I don't mind a little noise."
"That's nice," He said.
Seeing all the
energy He was preparing to give her, she shifted uneasily from one foot to the other. "I wouldn't need all that energy in
a million years."
"Little you know. You will use all of this and bebegging for more before long."
"I didn't know there
was so much involved in being a mother. You're not just putting me on, are you?"
"No, little mother."
With much apprehension,
"Are you sure I can handle the job?"
"Quite sure...with help. I'm always available when you need me."
"I'm glad to
know that. What could I possible need all these for?"
"A certain amount of pain, so that you will be fully equipped to
sympathize with and minister to the needs of your children when they feel pain; tears, so that you will be able to cry with
them when they are hurt; and laughter to blend with theirs for happy times."
The mother-in-waiting fidgeted while God
attached yes and no buttons.
"Wouldn't it be nicer just to say yes to my children all the time?"
"Definitely not. Good
mothers need to say no--and often. Say it with kindness and they will respect you for it."
"Have you equipped me with this
thing called kindness, Lord?"
"I have indeed."
"And what about respect? Do I have to respect my children?"
The anxious mother tried to be patient as God installed a question answerer, advice giver, get along without sleep, and
a pretender not to notice.
"I know I wouldn't use one of those!" she said, as God came toward her with a let-go lever.
"Sure you will, though it's hard. This is a vital piece of equipment. Until this little lever is released, your children
will not have room to grow properly, make their own decisions, or develop their own personalities."
"I guess that is important."
God stood back a few steps to appraise His work, then reached for a coat of love and wrapped it around her. "Wear this
at all times, and you'll be a good mother."
"Am I ready now, God, to get on with the mothering bit?"
"You can go now,"
God said gently.
"You're not perfect, but you will do."
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Moments for Mom: Calm in the Chaos
Elisabeth K. Corcoran
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