Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
In the United States, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. The U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, however, due to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
In the creation account from Genesis chapter one, we meet Eve, the first woman, who was made by God in his image and as a partner for Adam. In Genesis 3:20, we see Adam gave her a name that had a significant meaning:
“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
Centuries later, a young Jewish girl named Mary, who was betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph, was chosen by God as the mother who would give birth to Jesus, God’s unique son, and together they would raise him to adulthood (Luke 1).
What a profound responsibility and enormous blessing this must have been. In that culture, as in this one, mothers are the glue that holds the family together, providing the environment God determined would be most beneficial for children to be raised up in. (“The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” Proverbs 29:15)
Jesus showed how much he cared for his earthly mother, even as he was dying on a cross, he showed his love and concern by giving her into the care of one of his closest disciples.
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:26-27
We should honor our mothers every day, however, on Mother’s Day, we make it our purpose to recognize the extremely important role mothers have in nurturing, raising, and teaching their children. We look to the great example of Jesus to learn that we are to care for our earthly mothers on this special day and always!
Happy Mother’s Day to each one of you most precious women who have chosen the honorable position of motherhood.
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”