by Bob Dasal
Being a Christian parent is more challenging than ever. Today’s demands, stresses, and expectations can seem overwhelming and may distract parents from the basic biblical fundamentals of family life. As we approach Mother’s Day 2003 we should pause, reflect, and give thanks for the significant impact that Christian mothers can and do have on our society.
Let’s note the history of Mother’s Day in our country: In 1872 Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic) suggested Massachusetts have a celebration each year called Mother’s Day. In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish Mother’s Day as a national holiday. She persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the second Sunday of May. Jarvis and her supporters wrote to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May.
Reflecting on the impact mothers have, we take note of Teddy Roosevelt’s words. He said, “The good mother, the wise mother...is more important to the community than even the ablest person; her career is more worthy of honor and is more useful to the community than the career of any person, no matter how successful.”
Washington Irving, in the nineteenth-century, made this powerful statement about a mother’s impact on her children. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends, who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us; still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
Finally, Abraham Lincoln is often quoted on a number of issues, but no statements he made are more noteworthy than these about his mother: “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”; and “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
The greatest impact being made on tomorrow’s generation is today’s mothers. It’s true, the hand that rocks the cradle still rules! Times have changed but the need for godly mothers has not!