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A Day That Should be a Month

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted May 8, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

Mother’s Day was first suggested here in the United States around 1872 by Julian Ward Howe, the woman responsible for writing the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  The day was to be one dedicated to peace but the holiday didn’t catch on nationally and remained centered in the Boston area for years. Then in 1907, Anna Jarvis led another campaign to honor mothers. Following the death of her mother, Anna became convinced that most children neglect honoring their mothers until it is too late. Her church agreed to set aside one Sunday, the second Sunday in May which happened to be the anniversary of her mother’s death, to honor all mothers. 

A letter-writing campaigned to politicians and ministers followed and by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state.  And then in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made an official announcement proclaiming the second Sunday in May to be a national holiday honoring mothers. Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday according to Hallmark with approximately 132 million cards to be purchased this year.

If anyone deserves a day, it’s mothers. In fact, they deserve more than a day or even a week—let’s give them a month. I feel like Bill Cosby who told someone that he has seen that job and wants no part of it. There’s not another job that demands as much variety of expertise as motherhood. It begins with pain and that seems to be part of the job that can last a lifetime.  God has given mothers something special that was not included in a father’s standard equipment. There isn’t a manual for this job—only on the job training is available. And just when you think you have the child figured out, you have another one that is completely different.

I found the following job description for motherhood:  Long term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills, be willing to work variable hours which will include evenings and weekends, and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities.  Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

If you were to see this in the classified section you would more than likely laugh and wish the company looking for such a person “good luck” in finding someone this gullible. No one in their right mind would take on such a job as this and yet, it’s assumed daily by an extraordinary group of women. They have not only given us life but have touched our lives and nurtured us with their love.

I don’t know of any other role in life that demands the nature of God more than motherhood. If you have been blessed as I am to have a mother who reflects the nature of God, tell her and thank the Lord for this priceless blessing. If you did not have a godly example of motherhood as you were raised, make the choice to find a mentor and learn the joy of parenting with Christ. It is never too late to change and only the Lord has what it takes to truly change a life. You are not the exception to the power of God. You can change and know the joy of living life as He intends. Don’t attempt the toughest job in the world without the greatest power in world.

There is a special place in our hearts for our mothers. The older we get the more we realize what it takes to do this job effectively. And usually, by that time we are out of the house and immersed in a life of our own. Take the time to go back and tell your mother that you now understand just how great she truly is.  Mothers Day is a great time to do this and one of the best ways is to share this passage of scripture with her.

An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. Her children will rise up and bless her, her husband also, and he praises her saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  Proverbs 31:10; 28-30
Happy Mothers Day Mom!

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