Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

A tribute to our mothers

May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2

Mother’s Day, one of the most popular celebrations in terms of greeting cards mailed and flowers sent, is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It recognizes motherhood with a special time to show appreciation to our mothers and mother figures.

Mother’s Day celebrates all mothers—mothers expecting their first child, mothers of young children, mothers of older children, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers with adopted children, mothers who gave up their children for adoption, foster mothers, mothers who have no children of their own, but are like mother figures, and more.

Mothers are marvelously multifaceted individuals who defy a concise definition, but here is an attempt by Louise Shattuck to touch upon some of the many dimensions of motherhood:

Do you know that Webster defines a mother as “a female parent”? This is the understatement of all time, and someone should to tell Mr. Webster why this description should be revised.

A mother is a walking encyclopedia. Her children expect her to know where the sun goes at night, how jet propulsion works, what the principal exports of Thailand are, and where kittens come from.

A mother is a master mechanic who can get a trouser leg out of a bicycle chain and fix anything with cellophane tape and a hairpin. She is a practical nurse who can remove splinters and loose teeth painlessly, stop an earache in the middle of the night, and cure a case of measles before the fourth grade picnic.

She is a sage who is wise enough to know when her son has reached the stage at which he would rather die than be kissed in public. Yet she is an innocent who never ceases to wonder at the miracle of life.

A mother is all of this and more.

Mothers with children deal in diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings. Crushed Cheerios in the rug and Legos underfoot. Play groups, pillow fights, bedtime stories. Runny noses, bumped heads, skinned knees. Tickles, hugs, kisses. These are a mother’s world.

And so is round-the-clock training–twenty-four hours of teachable moments. How to tie shoes and how to share. How to give and take with peers and how to respect authority. How to handle disappointment and how to reach for the best. How to love well and live morally. The old Marine motto applies to motherhood: It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.

Mother’s Day continues to be a special time of celebration for those whose mothers are still living as well as time of reflection for those whose mothers may no longer be with us, but whose unconditional love remains in wonderful memories that we cherish today. Here is an expression of our gratitude to God:

Songs of faith, hope, and love—a tribute to our Mothers

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians 1:3

A  Song of Faith:

Like a river flowing endlessly,

Your songs of faith, hope, and love

Sustained us and kept us alive by the grace of God

If it had not been for your song of faith that taught us

We shudder to think where we would be today

If it had not been for our mothers’ song of faith

That taught us no matter what happens,

No matter what others may do or say.

This one thing we know “God will make a way out of no way.”

Faith, imparted unto us, “Faith of our Mothers, living still.”

Faith, to guide us on our journey always to seek to do God’s will

Faith, to lead and guide us through the perils of the darkest night,

Showing us by example just how to walk by faith and not by sight.

A Song of Hope

Your song of hope was filled with God’s promises

Bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all ours and ten thousand beside

You taught us to build our hope on nothing less than Jesus Blood and righteousness

When it seemed like we had reached our outer limits

And had exhausted all options and it looked like we couldn’t cope

You sang a song to remind us to keep rejoicing in hope.

To build our hopes on things eternal, to hold to God’s unchanging hand

You sang a song of hope, a lively hope, a living hope, the expectation of a future good.

The Lord God was and is our hope, the same hope you sang about in our childhood

We made it through the storms that keep on raging in our lives

Your song of hope helped to sustain us through all the turmoil that we faced

Now we watch and patiently wait with our souls anchored in hope.

A Song of Love

Now abides faith, hope, love; these three, but the greatest of these is love:

More than a soothing lullaby to calm our fears all the times when we cried,

This song of love from the heart of our mother is a powerful force,

That a mother’s love is special–this cannot be denied.

The love of God is transfused at birth from heart to heart.

Though some of our mothers may not be here with us,

Their songs of love will never depart.

God’s love never dies but with each new sunrise lives on

To sustain us and remain with us to endure in sunshine or storm.

Our mothers’ song taught us to live by faith, rejoice in hope, and walk in love

The songs flowing from our mother’s heart enlightened us to see

Faith, hope and love: Love is the greatest of these three.

May God continue to bless our mothers.

 

A brief history of Mother’s Day and a look at mothers in the Bible

May 10, 2015

Proverbs 31--10

History of Mother’s Day:

Always held on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is one of the most popular American holidays, but exactly when and where did this holiday begin? The following information is based on an Examiner.com article that looks at the history of Mother’s Day.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day and persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. Jarvis’ mother had tried to establish Mother’s Friendship Days as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful, and by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, officially proclaimed Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Mothers in the Bible:

Nowhere is the importance of mothers more clearly revealed than in the Bible. In a number of instances some of the leaders of Israel are set apart because their success or failure in carrying out God’s precepts. One exemplary example is Josiah:

2 Kings 22:1-2:

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

2And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

In contrast, there are others, such as Jehoahaz:

2 Kings 23:31-32:

Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

The fact that the mother is mentioned specifically by name, indicates her importance in rearing the individual who ultimately ruled in Israel, for the Queen Mother had considerable influence.

Of course, we also find examples of noteworthy mothers in the New Testament as well, from Elizabeth, the mother of John, the Baptist, to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ to Paul’s affectionate reference to the mother of Rufus, as “his mother and mine.” We are familiar with the powerful impartation upon Timothy, as Paul remarks, “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

One of the most dramatic portraits of an ideal wife and mother is found in Proverbs 31:10 which asks a question and subsequent verses provide the answer:

Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

This passage indicates that she is priceless, implying that as a good wife and mother, the woman so described is of inestimable worth. Mother’s Day provides an opportunity express how valuable mothers are in our daily lives. Indeed, we find nothing in life more precious than a mother’s love.

Take a look at this animated version of Proverbs 31:1-10: