The first to share a memory of her mother during ladies’ Bible class last Wednesday was a lady who recently turned eighty. I will call her Jeanne. With a beautiful smile and with emotion, Jeanne said that, though her mother cared daily for a family of ten children, at holiday-time she created a beautiful table with a starched white tablecloth and her best dishes. She also cooked a great meal.
As you make your own (usually exhausting) preparations for Thanksgiving or as you make your (usually exhausting) preparations to travel for Thanksgiving, remember that your hard work is teaching each of your children that he or she is important and that family is important. Family is God’s idea. When you honor your family, you honor Him.
How wonderful it was for Jeanne and her father and siblings to know that they were important enough for their mother to treat them like company.
But we proved to be gentle among you,
as a nursing mother
tenderly cares for her own children.
1 Thessalonians 2:7