SUNDAY 8 May, 2016
Honor your father and your mother… - Exodus 20:12
Although there are many different historical accounts of how Mother’s Day began throughout the world, the first Mother’s Day in the United States was introduced in 1908. A woman named Ann Jaris wanted to honor her mother for the work she had started. She set a day aside to honor mothers because they do more for us than anyone else.
Later, on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson gave a proclamation to honor mothers every second Sunday in May. It would give a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. Flags were to be hung in honor of mothers who had lost their sons in times of war.
More importantly, it is God who has commanded in His Word to honor both our mothers and fathers. The Bible instructs children not only to listen to their fathers, but also to their mother’s invaluable, godly instruction … and do not forsake the teaching from your mother (Proverbs 1:8, NET).
When Jesus was dying on the cross, He honored His mother by making sure she was going to be well taken care of by John, His disciple:
When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!”And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home (John 19:26-27).
How will you show appreciation and honor to your mother today? Do you have an elderly mother that needs to be taken care of? Mothers have taken care of us for so long, now it is our duty to care of them.
Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother.
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