Here is a small story I read with a big message. Let it touch your heart as it did mine.

A gentleman stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother for Mother’s Day, who lived two hundred miles away.

As he got out of his car, he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong, and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother, but the lady inside says I don’t have enough money.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought her a long-stemmed bright red rose. Then he ordered a bouquet of roses for his mother, who lived 200 miles away. As they were leaving, the little girl, now smiling, asked, “Can you take me to my mother?”

The man was by himself and didn’t feel right about having a little girl he didn’t know riding alone with him in his car. So, he asked the girl, “How far from here, does your mom live?” “Not far,” she said, “about five blocks.” He asked one of the flower shop attendants if they would ride along, and he would bring her right back. The attendant agreed.

That’s when the little lass directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave as he and the flower shop attendant looked on with tears in their eyes. After the little girl said goodbye to her mom, she asked them if they could take her home. They agreed. Fortunately, she only lived two blocks from the flower shop.

After the little lady entered her house, the gentleman drove the flower shop attendant back to the store. Only this time, he didn’t just drop her off, he got out of the car and walked in. He asked the attendant if she could notify the flower shop in the town where his mom lived to hold the order. He would come by in the morning to pick it up.

So, the next morning he drove the two hundred miles to the flower shop, picked up the bouquet, and went on to his mother’s house. She had two big surprises on Mother’s Day. Fresh roses and a visit from her son. Some of us may be in the same predicament with our mom’s living a long way away, or the place where she rests in peace is just as far.

The scriptures tell us: “Show honor to your father and mother so that your days may be long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12). It was also the first commandment that comes with a promise. It was God’s way of telling us that most children will outlive their parents. So, treat them with respect and honor while they are with you.

Since many of us cannot speak to our parents because they are already gone to their rest, at least we can look up on Mother’s Day and thank God for the mother He gave us. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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