I wanted to take a moment to recognize and to also thank all of the Mothers of the world who have sacrificed so much and given their hearts to make life so beautiful for all.
While our culture spins out of control and the family unit breaks down, the Bible lifts up the family and exalts the place of the woman in the family. Motherhood is a ministry. It is a ministry of teaching, preparing children to follow God’s pathways, and being an example of the love of Jesus.
What is the origin of Mother’s Day? The widely held beginning is from May 10th, 1908.
A woman named Anna M. Jarvis was the first to suggest the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service for her mother on May 10, 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended.
Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
Every time I read of the maternal influence on a young preacher named Timothy I stop and thank God for the Godly influence of my own mother and grandmother. II Timothy 1:5 tells us: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. (KJV)”
Mom, your influence on your child is great. Your calling to the ministry of motherhood has been planned since before the creation of the world. in the words of the great Billy Graham, “Let your home be your parish, your little brood your congregation, your living room a sanctuary, and your knee a sacred altar.” Honor your position as we honor you on your special day.