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Honor Mom This Month!
Honoring mothers is a wonderful gift  to give those who gave each of us life. In the United  States, Mother’s Day began as one daughter’s desire to share the legacy that her mother instilled.  In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Anna was 41 when her mother passed away. She missed her mother very much and wanted to instill an appreciation to celebrate mothers while they were still alive and not wait until it was too late. She hoped creating a “Mother’s Day” would encourage respect and love and build family bonds. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. On the 2nd anniversary of her mother’s death, Anna honored her mother at their home church. She handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, white carnations, as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday.
Mothers are special indeed; God chose women to bring new life into the world. Mom is the person who carried you in her womb for nine months and introduced you to the greatest gift of God on earth - LIFE. She made you realize the real value of life by acting as a guiding force and a guardian angel whenever you were left helpless before the thorny path called life. She was always there with a smile whenever you needed moral support and a shoulder to cry on. It was with pride that she could watch your growth and success. A mother’s love brings joy, peace, and confidence to the heart of a child.  Take time to thank God for your mother and honor her this month.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.”  —Proverbs 31:26-29
Blessings as You live in the peace of His love,
Pastor Rick Mensing