Thereís just something about mothers -- they are without a doubt the stubbornest people on Godís green earth.

Mothers are stubborn, mothers stick with it, mothers stay with something until the cows come home. Mothers are persistent, mothers are consistent ... I think I said it best at the beginning ... Mothers are stubborn.

Can I get an amen from the youth pews in the back?

Mothers will get on your case and never get off it ... they are stubborn. Mothers, like my mother, will tell you over and over again that you are stubborn, which only proves how stubborn they are for continuing to say it!

I just believe that mothers are the most consistent, predictable, stay with it species that God ever made. We have a birdí s nest right outside our basement door ... and every time I go out that door, there is the rustle of wings, and I have to duck down ... but as soon as I leave, here comes mother bird, right back to her nest. And meanwhile we are serenaded by the awfulest angry squawking you ever heard. But sheíll be back; she will be back, because sheís a mother! Mothers are stubborn!

And you know what? We can thank God that they are! Where would we be if they werenít?

The police go out and arrest a drug dealer. Heís been making all kinds of trouble in the community heís been working havoc on everybody for blocks around, and the whole neighborhood breathes a sigh of relief when heís finally put away ... and his mother says, Well, heís made some mistakes, heís not all that he might be, but heís my baby... Iím going to fight for him. Mothers just donít give up.

Sad to say, all too often marriages break up and couples split ... but who is that as often as not walks out of the house? The father does ... I agree not always voluntarily, but heís the one who usually ends up leaving ... and the kids are kept by whom? By mother. Because mothers just will not abandon their children, mothers will not give up, mothers persist, mothers are stubborn.

Thereís an old folk wisdom saying to the effect that a sonís a son Ďtil he takes a wife, but a daughterís a daughter all of her life. Permit me to change that ... permit me to alter that to fit the case this morning. Iíd have to say that a motherí s a mother all of her life. A motherís a mother, all of her life, she just wonít quit.

I enjoy reading Mell Lazarusí comic strip ďMamaĒ in the morning papers. ďMama,Ē as you may know, has three grown children, all of whom she thinks neglect her, fail her, disappoint her, and ... her favorite word, aggravate her Ö in a thousand ways. But the thing is that Mama cannot forget about them and go her own way ... no, she has to keep on being Mama. She calls Francis at his bachelor pad at 7am to remind him that he needs to go out and get a job to replace the one he quit because they actually expected him to work. She pushes Marylou at an assortment of doctors and dentists and other eligible and promising men, only to follow Marylou on her dates to make sure