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God's Precious Gift
"Grandlady, you're the
bestest cook in the whole world, you're even better than Mommy." I
assure you, this was not the brightest comment I'd ever made. Politely,
my Grandmother thanked me for the compliment, as she gently scolded me
for the comparison.
It got kinda quiet around
the table, Mom looked down, Dad looked through me and I looked, well--pretty
stupid. My grandmother was a good cook; she had a way of turning simple
food into a feast. Her secret was the bacon grease she stored in an old
coffee tin under the sink and used in many of her dishes. You have to remember
that "health food" to a Southerner is a T-bone steak with fried
potatoes and buttermilk biscuits.
I later apologized to Mom,
after all, she is a terrific cook. My intent was not to put her down, I
was just trying to give my Grandmother a compliment and I couldn't think
of a higher compliment than to say she is better than Mom (who everyone
knows is the best cook.)
I'm glad I learned this lesson
before I got married. Almost every man has eaten a T.V. dinner one night
because he compared his wife's cooking to his mother's the day before.
Motherhood isn't a contest,
but it is an awesome responsibility and privilege. It is a responsibility
because God holds parents responsible for raising their children in the
Lord. It is a privilege because children are God's precious gifts.
"and she said to him, "As
surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying
to the Lord. 27I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what
I asked of him. 28So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he
will be given over to the Lord." And he worshiped the Lord there."
(1 Samuel 1:26-28)