A Good Word For The Mother-in-law!
Ruth 1: 6-18
A man limped into a police station, bruised and bleeding.
He went to the desk and said, "Officer, my mother-in-law just tried to run me down with her car."
"What happened?" Asked the officer.
"Well," said the man, "I was just getting into my car, and I heard the screech of tires.
I dived for the sidewalk just as the car went screaming by."
"How do you know it was your mother-in-law?
Are you sure it was her?"
"Absolutely," the man said, "I'd recognize that laugh anywhere."
Mother-in-law's usually get a bad rap.
There are many wonderful mother-in-law's.
So today, I want to say some good things about good mother-in-law's.
Counselors agree that three problems commonly surface in the early years of marriage:
finances, sexual adjustment, and in-law relationships.
The individual bearing the lion's share of criticism in the latter area is the mother-in-law.
One comedian said that while the mother rocks the cradle, the mother-in-law rocks the boat.
How many are old enough to remember some of the thousands of Burma-Shave highway signs
that once dotted America's countryside?
Here is how one of them read:
"You'll love your wife
You'll love your paw
You'll even love
If you use Burma-Shave."
Mothers in law don't deserve all the kidding they get.
But this simple jingle touches on a basic theme in family life: the cohesive power of love that holds us together,
How tragic that a relationship intended to be an enrichment to marriage is often castigated.
When couples become parents, they had better understand why in-laws often feel compelled
to act for