On days when we had little food in the house, my mother would spread a blanket and create a picnic under the apple tree in the backyard. Most often the picnic featured a can of Vienna sausages or a tin of sardines and crackers, which we washed down with Kool-Aid. If we were lucky, there would be a single hard-boiled egg sliced into four pieces, one for each of us kids and one for my mother. Instead of grumbling about how poor we really were, she turned the situation into an alfresco dining adventure.
—Lucimarian Roberts, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.
—Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, this week we thank you for mothers and other people who have shown us the value of faith and singing songs of praise to you. Help us to pass on the lessons they have taught us and to demonstrate grace toward others. Amen.
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