FOCUS: Mother… Is Love

Sunday, May 9th will be a special day for women. Mother’s Day is a day of celebration for millions of mothers who have the trusted care of children all over the world. I am not a mother, you say. One does not have to birth a child to be a mother. A woman has the inner mother instinct that can be applied to someone who needs love, nurture and guidance. A mother… is love.

West Virginia is well documented as the home of the original Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day began in Grafton, WV and has been one of the most celebrated holidays since it began. Over 150 years ago, Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community. She called it “Mother’s Work - Day.”  Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston Poet and author of the lyrics to Battle Hymn of Republic organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace. 

In 1905, Anna Jarvis died. Her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday School Class lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial Mother’s Day. There are many days of celebration for men but none for women.” Anna lobbied prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including President Taft and President Roosevelt to support her campaign to create such a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna Jarvis in 1908, Anna’s daughter handed out her mother’s favorite flower the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal govt. to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. 

In 1914, Anna’s hard work paid off when President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a National Holiday. The second Sunday of May became the most popular day of the year to dine out, to send cards, order flowers, and to make phone calls. Sons and daughters everywhere took advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers. Grafton, WV is the homeplace of Anna Jarvis and is the place recognized as the home of Mother’s Day. We salute Grafton, WV and salute all the wonderful mothers, grandmothers and women all over the world who mother children with their service, sacrifice and unconditional love.

I leave you with these thoughts for Mother’s Day.

“God could not be everywhere, therefore, he made mothers.” –  Jewish Proverb

“It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have; One pair of eyes that sees through closed doors… Another in the back of her head… and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he or she goofs up and reflect ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.” – Erma Bombeck

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” – Dorothy from The Golden Girls

No matter how old you are, your Mother will worry about you and always be there when you need her.

M – is for the million things she gives me.

O – means only that she is getting older.     

T – is for the tears she shed to save me.

H – is for her heart of purest gold.

E – is for her eyes, with love light shining.

R – means right, and right she will always be.

A Moment for You from ‘Woman’s Day’ – Today will be a better day because of you. Today, in some way, you will make someone’s life easier. Your smile will help someone find theirs. Your concern will remind someone they are loved. Your words will lift someone up or steer them in the right direction. Today, when people count their blessings, one of them will be you! “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Mother’s Day Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us.

Mothers whose love is so precious that it can never be measured!

Mothers whose patience seems to have no end!

May we see your loving hand behind Mothers and guide them, we pray!

We pray for mothers who fear they will run out of love, or time or patience.

We ask you to bless all mothers, everywhere, on this special day set apart with your love for them, and for the love they so freely give to sons and daughters all around the world.   

We also ask for blessings for all the grandmothers, aunts and foster mothers who serve as mothers, and share their love with children all around the world.  Amen

If you have a Mother, Grandmother, Aunts and others as Mother figures, send them a card, give them a phone call, take them flowers or take them out for a meal. Mothers love to spend time with their children, so go visit to let them know you care. For those of us whose Mother is no longer with us, take a flower to put on her grave. Take some time to remember your Mother and help spread her love to others. A Mother is forever! Mother… Is Love!


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