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|Ain’t Got No Mama!|
She viewed me coming down the aisle to pick up my repaired hearing aid. “Come into my office,” said my friend, the middle aged, Hearing Specialist.
I noticed she was fidgeting with a lonely button and a sewing kit, as she explained. “I just purchased this sweater vest, and a minute ago one of the buttons fell off. I can’t get one of the needles threaded to fix it.”
Restlessly she opened the sewing kit and moved about the many needles inside a small box. Almost frantically she said, “Is this the needle threader? I can’t make it work.”
As I reached out to select a needle, she handed me the threading gadget.
Carefully, I inserted the threader into the eye of the needle, and showed her how to pass the thread through and then gently pull it into the needle.
Quickly I picked up the button and proceeded to reattach it to her sweater.
“You need your mama,” I said to her.
Her response surprised me when she replied; “Hazel I never had a mama. My birth mother did not want me or my sister, so my grandma raised us our early years, and she was mean to us. Later I went to live with my dad, and my step mother was uncaring and hateful to me.”
I answered, “So you did not have a mother figure to be a good role model and to show you love?”
She replied, “That is true.”
I told her, “Well, I love you,” as I reached out and gave her a hug, and she hugged back.
As she handed me my package, she said, “Those three women really missed out, because I have gone on to make something of myself, and I am also proud of my adult children.”
In life not all children are fortunate to have a good relationship with their mother, (or their father) even those still living at home.
I think back at the many times I failed as a mother to be patient and kind to my own children. Today, I am thankful that my children have forgiven me.
Jesus gave explicit instructions about children and those who abuse and harm the little ones. He said, “It would be better that a millstone was hanged around their neck and they were cast into the sea.”
Now that seems a bit harsh, but Jesus did not take kindly to the mistreatment of children.
Paul instructed Fathers not to tease and aggravate their children and cause them to be angry.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
I am reminded that Paul also said children were to obey and honor their parents, and give them respect.
How is everything at your home this day?
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