Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Whether you are one or have one, tomorrow is a day to celebrate the most important woman in our life.
Celebrations of Mothers can be traced back to Greeks and Roman’s who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”. This was more a tradition in the United Kingdom when people would return to their mother church, then around the 30’s and 40’s it turned more secular with children giving their mothers flowers and gifts.
According to http://www.history.com “. The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.” and, “Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.”
According to the Bible there are 8 blessed Mothers: Eve, Sarah wife of Abraham, Rebekah wife of Isaac, Jochebed, mother of Moses, Hannah, mother of the prophet Samuel, Bathsheba wife of David, Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus. We’ll have to do a Bible study on the ladies we haven’t done already.
My Mom is the oldest of six children. I’m the second oldest child of 4 girls. I found my oldest sister by ancestry dna. Unfortunately my Dad didn’t know he had a daughter before he died. My Mom is an amazing woman who loves our new sister as we do. (No cheating was involved fyi-lol). Mom made sure my sisters and I knew and loved the Lord. We attended Sunday School and church services. I loved vacation Bible school, which I think Mom did too because she had some quiet time while we were gone lol. She is a breast cancer survivor and now is fighting COPD. I pray daily that the Lord puts his healing hands on her to make it better. Recently a study has started where STEM cells are being used to reverse some of the damage. Unfortunately the treatments are $7,000 😳. I continue to look into more research, trials and information. I know we will find something with God’s help.
I hope that you have amazing memories of the important women in your life. Happy Mother’s Day!
Proverbs 31:28–29: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”