This Sunday is Mother’s Day! The origin of Mother’s Day actually has Methodist roots. The idea of Mother’s Day began with Anna Jarvis who in 1907 convinced her mother’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia to pay tribute to mothers on the second anniversary of her mother’s death. Anna Jarvis’s mother had attempted to establish Mother’s Friendship Days in a sign of reconciliation following the Civil War. After a letter writing campaign to ministers, business leaders, and politicians Mother’s Day was signed into observance the second Sunday of May by President Wilson in 1914.
There is a wide range of emotions on Mother’s Day. Many families consider “mother” as the best friend or the “glue” that holds families together. Yet, everyone does not have a spirit of celebration on Mother’s Day. Some have painful memories of childhood and the relationships with a mother never fulfilled. Others have the loss of their mother at a tender young age and the empty longings for what might have been. There are those in the pain of wanting nothing more than a child but are in the reality of infertility. And still others feel the confusion of trying to meet the unrealistic expectations of being a perfect mother.
The last thing I would want to do today is write an antiquated message that does not appear relevant for mothers of today. Mothers of today face many challenges.
- Spinning many plates
- Guilt about spinning plates
- Working many hours outside the home
- Balancing time and providing resources for children
- The constant demands of doing more than can be done in one day
- And starting the next day with doing more than can be done in one day
Yet, with all the spinning of plates, expectations, and demands there are core Biblical values that will never change, there is nothing more rewarding than being a mother and there is nothing more needed in the life of a child than a loving mother. Mother’s Day is not an official church day but make no mistake about it the institution of Motherhood is of God! It is good we take a day to honor Mothers!
May God’s blessing and favor be with all the Mothers connected with Shalimar UMC today! For all those who have lost their mother and mothers who have lost children, may God’s comfort keep you today. And for those who are in the painful journey of infertility may God’s hope keep you today! My family has been touched by this pain and you are in our thoughts and prayers today.
Anna Jarvis was right. We do all share in common the journey of having an earthly mother. On this special day we pause to honor mothers. Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy and be blessed on your special day!