This sweet poem about practical love comes with an even more precious story that can be found at Judy Journeys’ site, Another Perfect Daughter. It appears to have been penned at least prior to the Great Depression of 1929. A child’s poem, but more importantly, one with a great lesson for all!
Which Loved Best (by Anonymous)
“I love you, mother,” said little John;
Then left his work, and his cap went on;
Then to the garden, high in the swing,
Left her the water and wood to bring.
“I love you, mother,” said rosy Nell,
“I love you more than my tongue can tell;”
Then she went pouting full half the day,
Mother was glad when she’d gone to play.
“I love you, mother,” said little Fan,
“To-day I’ll help you as best I can;
How glad am I that school doesn’t keep,”
She rocked the baby till it fell asleep.
Then stepping softly, bringing the broom,
Swept up the floor and then cleansed the room;
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and happy as a child could be.
“I love you, mother,” that night they said;
Three little children were gone to bed;
How are you thinking that mother guessed
Which of her children really loved her best.
As usual, here’s my disclaimer, but take the time to check out Another Perfect Daughter and the reflections/insights she has there! Well worth your time.
“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality.”
Right, so I realize that the church was being newly formed and was still pretty well steeped in Jewish thinking at the time this was written. Paul, himself, argued against the “food offered to idols” thing. It seems the only one that we need to continue to follow is “to abstain from …sexual immorality.” Despite what may seem obvious, how can we discount the first three and hold to the last one? Or to put it another way, how would you give an answer to one who would use this passage to say that “since the first three are no longer valid, why should the fourth one still be followed?”
Thoughts from anyone, and specific invites to:
I Love the Psalms
Truth in Palmyra
The Recovering Legalist
The True Light
Mustard Seed Budget
And thanks to all who can weigh in. Appreciate your comments! (If you haven’t checked out these sites, I recommend you do!)
Acts 15:28,29 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.