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In 1872, the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Howe suggested
the idea of a special day set aside to honor Mothers and celebrate peace,
but the idea never took root. Never that is, until the early 20th
A couple years after her mother's death, Anna Jarvis held a ceremony
to honor her late mother. The experience so moved her, that she began a
campaign to establish a formal holiday to recognize mothers. West Virginia
adopted the idea in 1910, other states followed their lead the next year
and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday of May
"Mother's Day," a national holiday to honor mothers.
Something Jarvis could be proud of? Not exactly. A few years later,
she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother's Day rally. Jarvis
deplored the commercialization of the holiday and the way people used it
to make profits. In 1923, she filed a law suit to stop a festival where
the organizers were selling white carnations as a fund raiser on Mother's
She didn't lead a campaign to begin this holiday so card companies and
florists could make money, she wanted it to be a day that stirred sentiment
in the children of the world. She was more successful in starting the day
than stopping it. Regardless of some people's motives, the idea of honoring
mothers was contagious.
Today, we thank the Lord for our Mothers and the care they give us.
It is the right thing to do.
Exodus 20:12 NIV "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may
live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."
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