Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) as a day dedicated to peace.
In 1902, Philadelphian Anna Jarvis began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. She persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the second Sunday of May. After establishing Mother’s Day in Philadelphia, Anna and her supporters wrote to ministries, businessmen, and politicians around the United States, promoting the idea of a national Mother’s Day. They were successful, and by 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in America. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Here is what we know: everyone has a mother. Now, we realize some are good moms, some are great moms, and some aren’t that good at all. So, what are we to do? The Bible teaches us to honor our mothers and fathers, which is the first commandment with a promise (that you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord God is giving you). He promised us great quality of life as well as long life. It doesn’t say we have to like them or love them — honor them.
How do we honor a bad mother? We pray for her salvation, that she would yield to God’s Holy Spirit. We refrain from bad-mouthing or blaming her. God knew there would be good moms and bad moms.
So, let’s honor God by honoring mothers on Mother’s Day.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 9:23 AM MDT
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