Are You Thankful for Your Mother?
In the United States, Mother’s Day was nationally recognized in 1914. Anna Jarvis, creator of Mothers Day International Association and the one who trademarked the phrase “Mother’s Day”, was an Appalachian home maker. She organized the day to raise awareness of poor health conditions within her community believing mothers were the best advocates for family heath. Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet and the writer of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized the day to rally mothers for peace. In Europe, Mothering Sunday was created from the Christian tradition of honoring mothers.
Mothers have provided the foundation of stability for families and in some situations becoming the matriarch of the family. Traditionally mothers were multi-taskers; cooking, cleaning, educating, disciplining and even caring for their husbands who were often out of the home providing for the family. Today, motherhood has various meanings. They are the single mothers, soldier moms and career moms. They continue to make many sacrifices for the family demonstrating unconditional love. They have a remarkable ability to manage the busy household schedule, raise children and keep the home an inviting place to live. Although some dads have assumed that role as a stay at home dad, moms still hold a foundational place in the home.
Although not all mothers are perfect, they continue to give from their heart. It may come across as nagging or overbearing but their intentions are well meant. In the commandments God calls us to honor our father and mother. Jesus demonstrated the honor and concern of His mother while dying on the cross, He said to Mary, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” (Jn 19:26-27). He was making sure her needs would be met by someone who would love and honor her after His death.
Mothers Day is really about your mother. As children are growing they often imitate the behavior modeled by the father of the home. His love, affection and protection offered to his wife, provides a model for children to follow. How the mother is treated in the home often serves to set boundaries of acceptable behavior toward all women. As someone once said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” As children grow older and move out of the house mothers still need our love, affection and honor.
Although we officially celebrate Mother’s Day only one day each year, we should honor our mothers everyday of the year. This year, instead of buying her the usual card and flowers do something special that she might not expect.
• Love her unconditionally. Even if you had a strained relationship, honor her for being your mother. What could you do this year that she would really enjoy?
• Give her your time. Spending time with your mother is a great way to demonstrate your love for her. Make her a special meal and wash the dishes afterward. Take her to church. Bring your toolbox over and do some home repairs.
• Embrace her. Say the magic words, “I Love You” and give her a big hug as you say it.
• Listen to her. Let her tell you about her day without interrupting her. Truly listen not just wait for your turn to talk.
• Provide for her. Provide for her without making a big deal about it.
• Remember her. If she is deceased do something in her honor.
• Pray for her. Keep her in your prayers. Ask how you can pray for her. When possible pray for her in person.
Mothers, you are truly one of God’s greatest gifts. Thank you for all you do.
“The older I’ve gotten, the more I look at my mom with awe. She proved to my brother, sister and I that she was “super mom” when she went back to school to get a second degree. Somehow, between helping us with our homework, making homemade meals, and keeping up with a majority of the house work, she also managed to get all straight A’s! She has always encouraged me to do my best and go for my dreams. My mom has been a godly example of what a Christian wife and mom should look like. She’s one of my best friends and I love her so much.” Stacy Spencer
“I always felt that there was no greater joy on earth than to be a wife and mother… until I became a grandmother. It is such a blessing to be able to participate in the nurturing of your children’s children!” Charlotte E. Beecher – Institute for Better Education
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