As a bit of history… the origins of Mother’s Day dates back to 1908. Anna Jarvis, 2yrs after losing her well-known mother and wishing to honor her, held a ceremony in Grafton, WV. The positive response from others caused Anna to begin a national campaign to honor all moms. Sadly, the holiday became so commercialized that by 1923, Ms. Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop Mother’s Day celebrations, regretting she had ever brought up the idea. Mother’s Day remains the third top card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
The typical Mother’s Day scripture reference comes from Proverbs 31:10-31
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 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. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
Like the Sermon on the Mount, this is an impossible standard to achieve, and for many moms on Mother’s Day, it can create more pressure for perfection than a sense of accomplishment and honor.
So, let’s take a step back to:
- Genesis 3:20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
So many humanists try to expand this verse out of context to refer to the importance of ‘mother earth’. However, within its context, Scripture is speaking to moms and their children. Though childbearing was to be painful, it is the basis for all those who have, and will, worship our Lord and Savior for eternity.
How important does God see motherhood?
- Psalms 127:3a Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD
- Proverbs 17:6a Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.
- Mark 10:14b “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
But with importance, comes responsibility.
- Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
This verse from Proverbs does not negate the role of dads within the household. But, it does express the significance of a mother’s love and nurture in the life of her children.
- Erma Bombeck was quoted as saying, “It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”
- Abraham Lincoln once said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
- Billy Sunday, the famous evangelist offered, “There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.”
- With questionable theology, even Milton Berle weighed in on the importance of moms by saying, “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” Also, the well-know-writer Rudyard Kipling stated, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
Did you know there was a book of the Bible which many (including John MacArthur) believe was written directly to women, about their children?
- 2 John 1:1,4 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth… I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.
The theme of the book is based on the important dependency between Love, Truth and God. In order to love God we need to love and follow His truths as found in his Word. One of the most important truths that is often neglected in our crazy lives is that we need to be in continuous prayer for our children, and grandchildren.
On Mother’s Day, as moms (and dads) think about the blessings of their children, prayer and petition need to be at the center of that blessing.
- Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
- Luke 18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
What to Pray – children and grandchildren from Family Life Publications…
- They will know Christ as Savior early in life and desire a close relationship with You throughout their childhood, teen, and adult years (Mark 10:13-16; Luke 2:52; 2 Timothy 3:15).
- They will develop the discipline of prayer and the study of Your Word (Joshua 1:8; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 4:4; Philippians 4:6-7).
- You will bring into their lives godly adults and friends who will help them grow in godly living (Psalm 1:1-3; Philippians 1:27; Proverbs 27:17; I Corinthians 4:15).
- You will keep them pure and strengthen them against temptation (Job 17:9; Psalm 24:3-4; I Corinthians 6:18-20).
- They would develop discernment, wisdom, responsibility, and a strong conscience (I Kings 3:11-12; I Timothy 1:5; Daniel 6:3).
- They will be caught if they wander into cheating, lies or mischief (Psalm 119:71; Proverbs 20:30).
- They will see other people as You do, treating them with love and kindness (Matthew 25:35-40; Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:1-4).
- You will protect them from emotional, physical and spiritual danger (Psalm 28:7-9; Psalm 41; John 17:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
- You will prepare them to be a godly, loving and faithful spouse or prepare them to glorify You in their singleness (I Corinthians 7:7-8); and that You also prepare their future spouse (2 Corinthians 6:14-15; Ephesians 5:21-33).
- They would leave home with an eternal perspective and Christ-like values (Matthew 28:18-20; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21).
- They will sense Your calling on their lives and their lives will count for Your kingdom (Psalm 78:1-8; 103:12-18; 2 Timothy 1:9).
The blessings of Mother’s Day stem from a celebration of children and grandchildren. It is important to keep God and prayer in the center of that celebration.