Updated: May 21
When her mother died in 1905, Anna Jarvis came up with the idea to set aside a day every year to commemorate not only her mother but mothers all around America for the hard work and sacrifices they make daily.
In those days, women did not get much recognition for what they did, and it was assumed that being mothers and wives were what they were created for and hence needed no recognition.
Through the years Mother's Day has been so commercialised that the true meaning (as with most other holidays) is lost in a wave of merchandise and capitalism.
Appreciating mothers dates back much further than 1905 America. Throughout the Word of God, we can find verses that laud mothers for their love, comfort, and nurturing.
When you think of your mother, what words come to mind? Here are a few that stand out when I think of my mom.
Proverbs 31:25: "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."
Growing up things were not always easy, well at least not for my mom. The things we worried about as all kids do, were new toys, the latest fashion, performing in school or sports. We realise how trivial those things are as we grow up. How awesome it would be to worry about homework again!
For my mom, however, it was much more than that. With a less than present or interested father, she became mom and dad.
As we grew older we could see that things were not always perfect. Yet mom always forged ahead. No money for food? She made a plan. Needed something for school? She made a plan. Working long hours, she would still come home and take care of us every night.
Despite not having someone to support her all the time, she held her head high and raised us into (if I must say so myself) pretty awesome adults.
Even when illness crept in to further complicate life, she still managed to keep us in line and focused on what we needed to do.
Isaiah 66:13: "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you."
Probably one of the more common words associated with moms. And comfort was in no short supply with mine. Like all kids, we often needed comfort, and mom was always there with words to encourage us, a firm hug, and advice when we needed it.
The comfort in our moms does not detract from their strength. The ability moms have to go from a comforting hug to a good beating to instill discipline can only be God given. Now as an adult, my mom's voice is still the one that can give comfort when I face hard times or just need some reassurance.
If God can use mothers as an example for the comfort He provides… wow…
God will comfort us as our mothers do, not the other way around. He does not say our mothers must comfort us the way He does… That is profound!
Proverbs 31:31:"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
This is one we often realise only when we as adults (or rather dads) are left to look after the kids for a day or even a weekend! When Hollywood depicts moms casually taking a stroll with their kids in the park, we get the impression that life as a mom is a breeze.
Far from it! When you spend a day looking after the kids on the weekend, you barely survive the day! You are exhausted, physically, mentally, emotionally. Yet mothers seem to take it in their stride. Or at least that’s how it appears.
The hard work our mothers take on with hands that must comfort, nurture, and discipline cannot be understood until we have experienced a small part of that ourselves.
There is no limit to the amount of gratitude we must show our mothers. One day a year hardly seems enough, when we would not have a single day without our moms sending us in the right direction.
As a dad, I can but only dream to be like the mom that raised me.
I Love you Mom.