One beautiful spring day, an angel strolled out of heaven and winged its way to earth. He wandered through fields and cities, beholding the glories of nature and the finest works of art. As sunset approached, he thought, what momento could I take back to show my heavenly friends the beauty of earth?
He noticed a patch of fragrant wildflowers in the field where he was standing, and he decided to pluck them to make a bouquet. Then, passing by an open door, he saw a baby smiling from her crib. He took the smile with him, too. Then, through an open window, he watched a mother pouring out her love to her precious child as she stooped to kiss him goodnight. The angel decided to take the mother’s love, too.
As the angel flew through the pearly gates he noticed, to his astonishment, that the flowers in his hand had withered. The baby’s smile had changed into a frown. Only the mother’s love remained as he had found it. He said to those who greeted him, “Here is the only thing I found today on earth that could retain its beauty and goodness all the way to heaven – the sweetness of a mother’s love!”
–From “God’s Little Devotional Book for Mothers,” Tulsa, Oklahoma: Honor Books, 1999, p. 105