While reading this story I was really touched on it and cried. I used this as my illustration during the Student Week of Ddevotion 2012 at South Philippine Adventist College.
My Mom With One Eye
My mom only had one eye. I hated her… she was such an embarrassment.
She cooked for students & teachers to support the family.
There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me.
I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me?
I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out.
The next day at school one of my classmates said, “EEEE, your mom only has one eye!
I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear, So I confronted her that day and said, ” If you’reonly gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?!!!”
My mom did not respond…
I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger.I was oblivious to herfeelings. I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So, I studied real hard, got a chance to go toSingapore to study.
Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and thecomforts. Then one day, my mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet hergrandchildren.
When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. screamed ather, “How dare you come to my house and scare my children!” GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!”
And to this, my mother quietly answered, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,” and shedisappeared out of sight. One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house in Singapore. So, I lied tomy wife that I was going on a business trip.
After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity. My neighbors said that she is died. I did not shed asingle tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.
My dearest son, I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to Singapore and scared your children. I was soglad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’msorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.
You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t standwatching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine. I was so proud of my son who was seeing awhole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.
With my love to you!
I use this very nice illustration last November 2011 during my sermon at South Philippine Adventist College
This is the story of Robby. He was a young boy who lived with his elderly mother. His mother wanted him to learn how to play the piano because she longed to hear her son play for her. She sent her son to a piano teacher who took Robby in under her guidance. However, there was one small problem because Robby was not musically inclined and therefore was very slow in learning. The teacher did not have much faith in the boy because of his weakness. The mother was very enthusiastic and every week she would send Robby to the teacher.
One day Robby stopped attending the piano lessons. The teacher thought that he had given up and in fact she was quite pleased since she did not give much hope to Robby. Not long after, the piano teacher was given the task to organize a piano concert in town. She sent out circulars to invite the students and public to attend the event. Suddenly, she received a call from Robby who offered to take part in the concert. The teacher told Robby that he was not good enough and that he was no longer a student since he had stopped coming for lessons. Robby begged her to give him a chance and promised that he would not let her down.
Finally, she gave in and she put him to play last, hoping that he will change his mind at the last minute. When the big day came, the hall was packed and the children gave their best performance. Finally, it was Robby’s turn to play and as his name was announced, he walked in. He was not in proper attire and his hair was not properly groomed. The teacher was really nervous since Robby’s performance could spoil the whole evening’s brilliant performance. As Robby started playing the crowd became silent and was amazed at the skill of this little boy. In fact, he gave the best performance of the evening. At the end of his presentation the crowd and the piano teacher gave him a standing ovation.
The crowd asked Robby how he managed to play so brilliantly. With a microphone in front of him, he said, I was not able to attend the weekly piano lessons as there was no one to send me because my mother was sick with cancer. She just passed away this morning and I wanted her to hear me play. You see, this is the first time she is able to hear me play because when she was alive she was deaf and now I know she is listening to me. I have to play my best for her!