Saturday, May 10, 2008

Honoring Mother - Blesses Both Her And Us

Mother’s Day is observed in many churches by recognizing the oldest Mom, the youngest Mom and the Mom with the most children. Carnations are worn – a colored one signifies that our Mother is living and a white one indicates that she has died. One way appreciation is shown to mothers on Mother's Day is to take her out for a meal. After birthdays, Mother's Day is the next most popular dining-out occasion.

Anna M. Jarvis was responsible for the first official Mother's Day celebration May 10th 1908 (in honor of her departed Mother) at Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had the people wear white carnations which was her Mother’s favorite flower. By 1909 forty-six states were holding Mother's Day services. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother's Day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. So tomorrow we celebrate Mother’s day.

My mother was in her 50’s when I was born. Long after she had gone to be with the Lord I learned from my oldest sister that I was an unwanted, unexpected addition to a family of ten children. It wasn’t easy for my aging mom, but she showed me nothing but love. In my mind I can still hear her weeping and pleading before the Lord for my salvation, as I was heading down the wrong path of life. I am eternally grateful for her love and prayers.

You all have your own story of memories of Mother. For most people the story is filled with warm memories; though imperfect, she endlessly poured out her life for you with deeds of sacrifical love, and your heart overflows with a deep sense of gratitude. For some of you, memories of Mother may not be all that pleasant, and you feel like you are missing out on something special which a lot of people take for granted.

Whether she is or was a “Perfect Mother,” or whether she, for the most part, failed at mothering. Mothers should be honored every day and not just on Mother’s Day. She conceived us, carried us, and through pain brought us into this world. She gave us life!

To honor mother is the right thing to do, not only because it has become a custom in the land, but because it is God’s command. “Honor your father and MOTHER.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and MOTHER, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”(a)

Lets Pray -
Father, thank you for the nurture of a loving mother. It reminds us of your unconditional love for us. Forgive us for our youthful foolishness which caused her pain. Help us to live our lives in a way that will honor her and you.

(a) Ephesians 6:2-3

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