This Sunday, the 12th of May, is significant to me in two ways. First, it is Mother’s day and I celebrate my 32nd. Secondly, it is my dad’s birthday. He will celebrate his 77th birthday in Heaven as he passed away 27 years ago. Hopefully, we all think about our mom’s love for us as well as our love for her.
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending.
Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare (www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers.day).
We also have a great example of that love in the Bible. Think about Martha and her sister Mary in the book of Luke. It appears that Martha is taking the mom role as Mary takes the child role. While Martha is busy talking to Jesus and sitting and listening to him, Martha seems to be doing all the dinner and other preparations. How many times did you sit and talk with one of your friends while your mom made dinner, cleaned, etc. Do you see yourself as Martha or Mary?
Many of us may be able to relate to both at different occasions. As a young girl, I would sit on our couch or be in front of the fireplace and simply read my book while my mom would be busy doing chores. There are times I would hear her ask for my help and others times, I simply didn’t hear her as I was absorbed in the book I was reading. And there are times my own girls would behave just as I did when they were younger.
Did you know carnations are the official flower of Mother’s Day? People buy red or pink carnations for the mothers who are living and place white carnations on the grave of the mothers who have passed away.
Another great verse in the Bible which speaks about women is Proverbs 31:25-30 (NIV)
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Happy Mom’s day to the Women in Hibbing and surrounding areas. May you be filled with the Holy Spirit on your special day and in the days to come.’’
Captain Teresa Brecto
The Salvation Army-