When preaching on Mothers’ Day, I have several times used the story titled “No Charge.” It is not new and certainly not original. I heard it years ago and I have always remembered it. I have …
When preaching on Mothers’ Day, I have several times used the story titled “No Charge.” It is not new and certainly not original. I heard it years ago and I have always remembered it. I have been asked several times by members of my congregation to provide them copies of this story. So, I thought it might be a blessing to you.
The story is as though a mother wrote it.
My little boy came into the kitchen this evening while I was fixing supper. And he handed me a piece of paper he’d been writing on. It was a bill for his services. This is what it said:
For mowing the grass, $5.
For making my own bed this week, $1.
For going to the store $.50.
For playing with baby brother while you went shopping, $.25.
For taking out the trash, $1.
For getting a good report card, $5.
For raking the yard, $2.
I picked up the paper, and turning it over, this is what I wrote:
For the nine months I carried you, growing inside me, No charge.
For the nights I sat up with you, doctored you, prayed for you, No charge.
For the time and the tears, and the cost through the years, 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, No charge.
Son, when you add it all up, the full cost of my love is – No charge.
When he finished reading, he had great big 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.
What an illustration of our Savior’s love for us! The cost of our salvation is paid in full!
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