One hundred years ago, on May 8, 1914, the United States Congress passed a law making the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day. The very next day, President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national day for American citizens to display the flag in honor of the mothers whose sons had died in war. There had been times before this when women and mothers had been honored in various ways, but this was the first time an official national holiday had been declared for this purpose.
Mother’s Day has since been one of the America’s most-loved holidays, and it generates billions of dollars in the sale of flowers, greeting cards and other special gifts for mothers.
What does the Bible says about mothers? Well, we all know that Jesus had a very special mother—a young lady who was chosen by God to be the loving, godly, forming influence in His only begotten Son’s earthly life. God also included, as part of the Ten Commandments, the direction to “honor your father and mother.” It’s a commandment that includes a special promise of long life.
As Jesus grew from infancy to manhood, He was a blessing to His mother. He carried out His share of responsibilities so that He could lighten the workload of both His parents. In Ephesians 6:1, Jesus encourages all children to obey their parents, saying that to do so “is right.”
Jesus showed his high regard for mothers in several stories in the Bible. In Luke 7, Jesus raised back to life the deceased son of the grieving widow of Nain.
Jesus heard the prayer of Hannah and blessed her with a son that she dedicated to God for the rest of Samuel’s life.
Then there is the famous story of Jesus blessing the children. He loved to have children in His presence, especially since they were such a nice change from the difficult rulers and leaders He had to deal with. Jesus knew that the mothers were doing their very best to train their children to follow the Word of God. He heard the silent prayer of their hearts and comforted them by drawing their children into His presence.
Just as the national celebration of mothers began as a commemoration of mothers who lost sons in war, it could be said that Jesus’ own mother lost her Son in the war—the great war between good and evil.
Even as Jesus lost His life, He did so showing His love and respect for His mother. Wracked with pain, wearied by fatigue and bearing the weight of the sins of the world on His shoulders, Jesus thought of His mother and asked His best friend, John, to make sure His mother well taken care of.
How will you show love and respect to your mother this Mother’s Day? Many years ago, a man named Mark Twain said, “Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.”
Take advantage of the golden opportunity to let your actions speak louder than your words this Mother’s Day. Ask Jesus, one who cared for and loved His mother, to help you do the same today and every day.
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