Bible reading 9th May 2009
Anna M. Jarvis first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service for her mother on May 10th 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation [her mother’s favorite flower] to each person who attended.
Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mothers Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. On May 9, 1914, by act of congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mothers Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country”
Being a mother is a unique experience, It can be filled with many highs and just as many lows. But you wouldn’t change it for the world.
Read the story attached “a mother’s view” then continue on reading this document.
When we are young and start our journey into motherhood, we are filled with joy & wonderful expectations. However, as we grow older and our children grow up and have children of their own, life changes.
Often that period of time can become very miserable and a sad period of time in a mother’s life. Have you ever wondered how many mothers are lonely on Mothers Day [and for that matter, every day?]
What should a Mother’s Day really be about?
How would Christ celebrate Mother’s Day? I believe He actually gives us the answer to the question in John.
John 19:25-27 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear Woman, here is your son!” and to the disciple, “here is your mother!” from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
There are 2 very important things to note in this scripture!
1. Christ’s concern for His mother’s wellbeing; and
2. John’s action in relation to Christ’s concern- There was no hesitation from John, it just simply says, that “ from that time on, this disciple took her into his home”.
John got the message and acted on it.
How concerned are we about widows?
I would like now to read a poem, this poem is one which was written by a very lonely woman to her son. Keep in mind the first story—the “mother to be” Think about the dreams a mother starts out with.
Loneliness….[please read poem click here]
That brethren, is the “end of motherhood” for so many mothers.
It is a tragedy and a shame on today’s society.
What did Christ show us in John 19:25-27? We have a responsibility not only to our own mother, but to look further as well.Where are the lonely mothers?. What responsibility [if any] do we have towards them? What would Christ do? What does Christ say?
Jam 1:27 “Religion, that God our Father accepts, as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”—The world today allows many Mothers to be lonely—What is our responsibility? How would Christ celebrate Mother’s Day if her were here in the flesh?
James 1:27 “To look after the widows in their distress”
Mother’s Day is a day to remember our mothers. A day to reflect on what it means to be a mother. A day to reflect on what it is to be a family, to have a family and most of all—a day to say thank you to our great father who created us Male and Female---Husband and Wife—Mother and Father, Aunt and Uncle. God our creator gave us a family unit. Whether we have children of our own or not, we all have a roll to play.
Mothers—I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day tomorrow. But please spare a thought for those mothers who are lonely.
What can we do to help? I don’t have the answer, but maybe it’s something we can think about as an outreach for next year.
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