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May Pastor’s Letter
We all know that “April Showers brings May Flowers”, but I think we can now add it brings something else —– rain, rain, and more rain causing floods. But it also brings a couple of special days – Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. But for this letter I am concentrating on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is special to all us, and we look forward to this day to let our dear moms know how special she is. Long before I became a mother, I loved Mother’s Day because I liked doing something special for my Mother. Then I remember some of the gifts I used to give her and it makes me laugh. She probably had way too many handkerchiefs (for those too young to know what that is, they are cloth tissues), bottles of cheap cologne and such. But she was always appreciative and made a big show about what I came up with. She was very special to me, and as I’ve shared with some, she really was my grandmother, who raised me from the time I was 18 months old. But to me, she was Mother! And now that she is gone, I appreciate her even more and continue to honor her in some way.
But, do you know how this day came into existence? There’s way too much to write about here, but here’s a few highlights. Actually the earliest celebration can be traced back to ancient Greece. Then in the 1600’s, the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Then, by a religious order the holiday was later expanded to include all mothers, and named as the Mothering Sunday, celebrating on the 4th Sunday of Lent, “Mothering Sunday” to honor all mothers of England. There’s more history between that time and 1870, when Julia Ward Howe (author of the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was trying to make an impassioned appeal to womanhood to rise against the war. She initiated a Mother’s Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June, mainly to unite women against war. She failed at getting the recognition of a Mother’s Day for Peace, but she did make a big contribution recognizing mothers.
She was also influenced by Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who had attempted to improve sanitation through “Mothers Friendship Day.” It was her daughter, Anna Jarvis, who finally succeeded in introducing Mother’s Day as we know it today. When her mother died, she missed her greatly as did her sister. Anna had cared for her ailing mother, then her sister. She felt children often neglected to appreciate their mother enough while the mother was still alive. On May 10, 1908, the first church service honoring her mother was held, setting the stage for the future. Also, the white carnations became a custom because that had been her mother’s favorite flower.
On May 9, 1914, 103 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed that”……government officials display the United State flag on all government buildings and invited the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
Today, Mother’s Day is a day honoring mothers, celebrated on various days in many places around the world. It is the day when you acknowledge your mothers contribution to your life and pay a tribute to her, often with flowers and gifts. And while probably many of our mothers are deceased, we have memories and continue to honor them in some way. On Sunday, May 14, we will honor all mothers during our worship service. If you have a special, or funny memory, you would like to share, we would love to hear it.
Also coming up this month is the Athens High School Baccalaureate on Wednesday, the 24th, at the Athens Christian Church. As usual, the Ministerial Alliance is asking our churches to provide cookies for the reception following. They can be dropped off at the church during that afternoon. Then of course, on the 28th we will remember and honor those who have served the wonderful country we live in.
Enjoy the coming of better, warmer weather, the love of family and especially, the love of God in the coming month.