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Dear Friends in Christ,

In the month of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day!  I use to call it a “Hallmark Holiday” because I assumed that it was a holiday designed to sell cards.  

America first celebrated Mother’s Day in 1908.  A lady by the name of Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  Her campaign to make it a holiday began in 1905, the year her mother died.  Her mother was a Peace Activist who took care of wounded soldiers from both sides during the Civil War.  She had started Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.  Anna wanted to continue her mothers work by setting aside a special day to honor all mothers.    In 1914, Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as the day to officially recognize mothers as a national holiday.  

Although Anna Jarvis was successful in establishing Mother’s Day, by the early 1920’s, she organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits against companies who sought to make a profit on Mother’s Day.  Anna was not opposed to celebrating the day, she didn’t want it commercialized.  A personal note of thanks and kind gestures, not some store bought piece of cardboard with some generic sentimental niceties to honor those women who probably have done more to shape and mold us to be the people we have become than anyone else.

How do we give thanks and show appreciation to those special people in our lives?  Anna Jarvis wanted the wonderful things her mother did in her life to live on in the lives of others.  All of us were created in the image of God, in the image of God He made us male and female.  We were created to reflect His image.  But that image was broken by sin.  We just celebrated Easter.  Our God sent His Son into our world to suffer and die on the cross to cover the guilt of our sins.  He rose again, victorious over sin, death and hell on that Easter morning.  We have a living God who lives in and through us by His grace, by the power of the Holy Spirit who calls, gathers and enlightens us in the one true faith.  Our thanksgiving, for all that He has done for us, is to be a reflection of His saving love.  Jesus said “the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”   Matthew 5:16 (ESV)   “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.”  1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)   So we live to His glory to honor Him in all that we say and do in thanksgiving for all that He has done for us.  We were dead in trespasses and sins but we are alive in Him who died and rose again.  

We take time to honor those women in our lives who are probably among the first to show us unconditional love.  We cried and they changed our diapers and fed us, no matter what time it was.  They stayed up to watch over us when we were ill and worried when we ventured out on our own.  They endured our insults and selfish pride.  They sacrificed to make sure there was good food on the table and decent clothes on our backs.  They disciplined us when we went astray and they comforted us when we were sad and hurt.  

I also remember those who hurt on Mother’s Day.  Women who longed to have a child but didn’t or couldn’t.  Mothers who have lost children through miscarriages or died because of illness or accidents.  Mother’s whose children are going through pain or troubles and they feel helpless in meeting their needs.  Please, take the time to give thanks to God for those women who gave us birth and to our God for his generous love.  Pray for peace for hurting women who long comfort a child.

In His Service,

Rev. Jeffrey A. Lee