Anna Jarvis knew what was going on. She saw the love and dedication her own mother had for her family, church, and community. She agreed with her mother that there should be a time of special recognition for mothers and their work.
So Anna got busy and was quite persuasive. On May 10, 1908, she saw her hard work and advocacy come to fruition when Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, WV, held a Mother’s Day program. The congregation then decided to observe Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May each year, thus making the church the mother church of Mother’s Day! Notice here that the people called Methodists were instrumental in the creation of this wonderful national celebration.
I’m glad we celebrate Mother’s Day. My own mom made untold sacrifices for her children, but the ones I do know about are impressive enough. Ask me sometime about the tennis racquet she bought for me while I was in high school.
But I have also found that all women can and should be celebrated on Mother’s Day. I certainly am an example of a person who, as a child, was loved and supported by many great women—Sunday School teachers, school teachers, just to name a few. It’s no secret that the ministry of virtually any congregation would come to a halt without the leadership of our women. Thank you for all you do in our families, our church, and our community!
So this Sunday let’s raise a glass (of orange juice!) to our mothers as well as every woman who has made an impact on us. Let’s honor them with kind, loving words, thoughtful gifts, and a restful, joyful day.
I’ll see you this Sunday. Remember, we’ll be talking about one more thing that disciples do. What is it? Come and see!