Published May 2, 2017
The history of Mother’s Day goes back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. But the official date of the U.S. holiday is just over 100 years old.
Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day. Jarvis never married or had children, but wanted to honor her own mother, Mrs. Anna Marie Jarvis, an activist and social worker. Mrs. Jarvis desired that someday, someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Being a mother is an awesome responsibility. Most have no prior training in this endeavor. We learn by actually “mothering.” Christian mothers depend on prayer and guidance from God to help mold and shape their children.
I’ve asked some Kentucky Baptist to provide their thoughts on how their mother made a difference in their lives. The Scripture, “Her children rise up and bless her” (Proverbs 31:28, NIV), reflects on their thoughts.