Posted by Jim_Daly May 11, 2012
According to the National Retail Federation, nearly $19 billion will be spent on moms this coming weekend. From flowers to cards to candy, a lot of people will dig deep into their wallets to try and express their love and appreciation for their mothers.
But according to a recent survey, it would appear that what many moms really want is something that money can’t buy:
They just want to go to church with the whole family.
Lifeway Research has determined that when it comes to church attendance, Mother’s Day ranks only behind Christmas and Easter.
On some level, this finding might surprise some people, but it speaks, I believe, to the inherent nature of a mother. When you peel away every worldly influence, this is the very thing that a mom wants most of all, to be able to say with assurance that “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).
So, if you’re a dad, and you don’t regularly attend church with your family, it’s time to step up and make a plan for Sunday morning. It won’t cost you a dime, only an hour or so of your time. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you get there. The pastor might very well have a special word for you! If you’re a mom, feel free to forward this post with a wink and a smile to your husband. And if you’re old enough to decide whether or not you should go with mom to church on Sunday, I have one word of advice for you:
Happy Mother’s Day!
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About Jim Daly
Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. He is husband to Jean and father to Trent and Troy.
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