Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s say this: “Thanks, mom.” These words can be interpreted into endless expressions and experiences. Yet, no words can adequately describe a mother’s most cherished love.
Historically, Mother’s Day in the United States can be traced to the initiatives of Anna Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Jarvis envisioned a way of honoring the sacrifices of mothers. In May 1908, she held the first official Mother’s Day celebration and persistently campaigned for the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood. In 1914, Mother’s Day became an official U.S holiday as the second Sunday in May, signed by President Woodrow Wilson. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization (www.history.com).
But it’s not just one day. Have a daily attitude of gratitude. We celebrate those who are here now. And mothers who are gone — but never forgotten.
Thanks, mama, for your prayers. President Abraham Lincoln stated, “I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have followed me; they have clung to me all my life. All that I am and hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.’’
Mom, thanks for your influence of faith, and we will carry on the legacy and follow your steps. You taught us well. In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul stated, “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” Paul remembered Timothy’s sincere faith, which first lived in Timothy’s grandmother and mother, and Paul was confident that it was also in Timothy.
Mother, you are priceless: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies”
(Proverbs 31:10). Lincoln proclaimed, “No one is poor who had a godly mother.”
Thanks, mommie, for birth. In a national landscape where the protection of the womb and the sanctity of life has been diminished, we are thankful to be alive. Thanks, mom. Regardless of evaluations about levels of sacrifice or neglect or distinctions of a real mother from a birth-giving female, we made it outside the womb alive. Thank you, Lord, for life. Yes, Lord.
And hats off to those who are moms to kids who are not their biological offsprings. Thanks.
Mama, thanks. For everything. Every. Thing.
Tell mom thanks, and take the time to glorify the Lord today.
Good old-fashioned advice: As stated, give your loved ones flowers (expressions of love and gratitude) while they are still living and can smell them. Let them know.
Prayer: Lord, we praise You. Bless mothers everywhere for all the sacrifices. Replenish strength and courage. Lord, we dedicate children back to You, as their future is in Your hands. Grant mothers the love that they have so unselfishly given. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.