Genesis 2:18-25 / Mark 7:24-30
In the early 1980s, syndicated columnist Bob Greene cited a study by an attorney, Michael Minton, on the monetary value of a wife’s services. He began by listing the functions that almost every good mother performs. Here are just a few that we rarely consider: chauffeur, family counselor, dietician, public relations hostess, budget manager, interior decorator.
After completing the list, Minton assigned an hourly rate to each function. When he added up the values of the functions performed in one week, he found that they totaled almost $800 a week. That’s roughly $40,000 a year. Minton’s study gave a lot of husbands a renewed appreciation of their wives.
How deeply do we appreciate our spouses? Our parents? “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore Hesburgh
Why are men and women attracted to one another? Love is stronger than death and stronger than the bonds with parents. They become one chair, most in the chair of the child. Human beings are social, and need and equal partner, created from near the heart of man, “flesh from my flesh and bone from my bones.” And now the man can say “you, thou.”