Sunday morning early on Mother’s day I called my mother to thank her for all that she did to raise me. I promise you raising me was a significant task. I thanked her sincerely for all she did. I listed a number of those things.
There was a long pause then she asked; “So you have forgiven me for pinching you in church?”
A assured her she had carried that upon her conscience unnecessarily for all these years. Long ago I recognized that the pinching was justifiable under the circumstances. She was trying to teach me to show reverence in church. It worked.
It is my most joyful and holy business every day of my life to inspire reverence for God in others. As a pastor I have to do it without pinching thighs, but for mom, at the time, the thigh-pinching in church had its usefulness.
So for the thousands whose hearts I have faithfully tried to stir up for God, you can thank my thigh-pinching mother.
May 10, 2016