That time of the church season when Christians the world over celebrate the all encompassing ubiquitous Love of God. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is significant of the magnitude of God’s love for mankind. While ruminating over the immeasurable love of God captured in John 3:16 which reads “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life”, it occurred to me that a mother’s love, though significant, pales in comparison to God’s love for us.
The below lyrics of a popular song resonate with today’s theme. It refers to a mother’s love. So here is to you!
NO CHARGE – Harlan Howard
My sister’s little boy came in the kitchen one evening
While she was fixing supper
And he handed her a piece of paper he had been writing on
And after wiping her hands on an apron
She took it in her hands and read it
And this is what it said:
”For mowing the yard five dollars
And for making up my own bed this week one dollar
For going to the store fifty cents
And playing with little brother while you went shopping twenty five cents
Taking out the trash one dollar
And for getting a good report card five dollars
And for raking the yard two dollars
Total owed one fourteen seventy five”.
Well she looked at him standing there expecting
And a thousand memories flashed through her mind
So she picked up a pen and turned the paper over and this is what she wrote:
”For the nine months I carried you holding you inside me – no charge
For the nights I sat up with you doctored you and prayed for you – no charge
For the time and tears and the costs through the years –
There is no charge
When you add it all up the full cost of my love is – no charge
For the nights filled with dread
And the worries ahead – no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college – no charge
For the toys, food and clothes and for wiping your nose
There’s NO CHARGE, son
When you add it all up
The full cost of my love, is – no charge”.
Well, when he finished reading
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at me and he said
“Mama, I sure do love you.”
Then he took the pen
And in great big letters
He wrote: “PAID IN FULL”.
JESUS CHRIST PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR SIN IN FULL BY HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS…When you add it all up, the full cost of God’s love is NO CHARGE!
Happy Easter y’all.