The Rev. Eugene Stockstill

Here are a few bits of wit, wisdom and whatnot from my mom, in anticipation of Mother’s Day.

“You find out just how much you have to do, and then you won’t go an inch beyond.” – To me as an underachieving child and teen, and my first lesson that the game usually goes to the diligent dreamers, not to the smarty pants.

“I appreciate your opinion, but we’re stuck with each other.” – To my brother and me, after we announced as little boys that we wished to change families, since Mrs. Tillery on Eastwood Road in Jackson, Mississippi, gave way more and way better presents than our mother did.

“You need two things to have a healthy community: A good newspaper and a good public school.” – Daddy’s philosophy, as well.

“What time is the hockey game on?” – My 84-year-old mom, the shockingly intense Nashville Predators watcher.

“Oh, that’s a very clever song.” – Upon hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time (and yes, she really did say this!).

“You need time to savor.” – On eating ice cream.

“The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” – One of her favorite lines, and the way she has always done life.

“You can pray the words of the Bible. You don’t have to make up your own.” – The important discovery that the Bible is the Word of Life, not just some dusty old book or a handy preaching manual.

“You bring joy into the room every single time.” – Mom to me (this last one just for a smile).

Please hug your mommy, your granny or anyone else who has given you good mothering along the way and who has schooled you in the ways of love. “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

Dedicated to Martha Eugenia Smith Stockstill, whose beautiful, smiling face is the first thing I remember seeing after I officially entered this world.

The Rev. Eugene Stockstill is pastor of Ebenezer and Myrtle United Methodist churches in Union County.

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