Posted May 12, 2019 by William Rainey in ElderBlog
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that Mother’s Day would be a national holiday to honor mothers and would be on the second Sunday of May. It’s interesting to note that the earliest celebrations of Mother’s Day took place in churches across America.
While that was the origin of the holiday in the United States, similar holidays have been observed for thousands of years in cultures around the world. The early church celebrated Mothering Sunday, and this tradition continues in some orthodox faiths and in countries like the United Kingdom.
This well-deserved celebration of mothers and their unique contribution to our lives, and therefore society in general, resonates with that which the Bible declares in Proverbs 31:28. Her children rise up and call her blessed. This passage speaks to the intentional act of calling out a mother’s glory – to speaking blessing into the life of a mother.
The children of this Proverbs 31 woman look to the ways that she has utilized her gifting, her talents, and her time to bless her family through her nurturing. They then actively acknowledge those ways in which she has blessed them and, in return, speak blessing into her life.
This Mother’s Day, let us reflect on the ways that our mothers have brought blessing into our lives and call out their glory. Let this be an act of worship as we thank God for the gift of life that He has bestowed on us through our mothers and for their nurture and care that shaped who we are today.