Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who reveres the Lord will
Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) first suggested the national observance of an annual day
honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service
for her mother on May 10, 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother's favorite
flower) to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor
mothers gained popularity, and Mother's Day was observed in a number of large cities in
the U.S. On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress,
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. He
established the day as a time for "public expression of our love and reverence for
the mothers of our country." By then it had become customary to wear white carnations
to honor departed mothers and red to honor the living, a custom that continues to this
Pulpit Helps, May, 1991.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the loving God, who was born of the promise to a
virgin named Mary..
I believe in the love Mary gave her son, that caused her to follow him in his ministry
and stand by his cross as he died.
I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children,
they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green
sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest
child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity.
I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark
reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next.
And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets
this greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of
her touch and the tears of of her joy.
An Affirmation from John Killinger's, Lost in Wonder, Love,
A Sermon Opener:
This is a Mothers Day sermon. Im preaching without apology and with
appreciation for that timehonored institution without the benefit of which we wouldnt
Every Mothers Day sermon Ive run across starts with an explanation
this ones no exception. As ministers, were reminded not to get
too sentimental about motherhood because:
(a) for some, motherhood is an accident, and not always a welcome one;
(b) for some, biological motherhood isnt possible;
(c) for some, mothers werent all that nice;
(d) for some, motherhood under the very best of circumstances is still less than abed of
roses and a primrose path.
If I can take some liberties with poet Wilhelm Buschs words, Id have to
say: (Mutter) werden ist nitch schwer; (Mutter) sein dagegen sehr. (To become
a (mother) is not so difficult; on the other hand, be-ing a (mother) is very much so!)
So, with all those qualifications, why bother with Mothers Day at all? Ill
tell you why because for all its stumbling blocks, pitfalls and broken
dreams, for all the soiled diapers, soiled wallpaper and spoiled plans, were talking
about a beautiful ideal, a natural part of Gods creative plan to bring love and
caring to light. Motherhood is a constant demand for the gift of love and caring.
Proclaim, A Mothers Day Sermon, May 14, 1989.
Make a list of 31 things your wife does for you and the family which you seldom thank
her for. Make a point of thanking her specifically for one on each day of the coming
month. On each day of the following month pay her a new compliment on one of her good
attitudes, character qualities, habits or talents. And be prepared for a better
relationship than you've enjoyed in quite a while.
No one deserves a special day all to herself more than today's Mom. A cartoon showed a
psychologist talking to his patient: "Let's see," he said, "You spend 50
percent of your energy on your job, 50 percent on your husband and 50 percent on your
children. I think I see your problem."
What NOT to Buy Your Wife: Although the only person a man usually shops for is his
wife, the whole experience is a stressful one. Many a man has felt extreme frigid
temperatures for a long period based on a poor present decision. As a veteran of these
wars, I'm still not sure what to buy my wife, but I'll pass on what not to buy her:
1. Don't buy anything that plugs in. Anything that requires electricity is seen as
2. Don't buy clothing that involves sizes. The chances are one in seven thousand that you
will get her size right, and your wife will be offended the other 6999 times. "Do I
look like a size 16?" she'll say. Too small a size doesn't cut it either: "I
haven't worn a size 8 in 20 years!"
3. Avoid all things useful. The new silver polish advertised to save hundreds of hours is
not going to win you any brownie points.
4. Don't buy anything that involves weight loss or self-improvement. She'll perceive a
six-month membership to a diet center as a suggestion that's she's overweight.
5. Don't buy jewelry. The jewelry your wife wants, you can't afford. And the jewelry you
can afford, she doesn't want.
6. And, guys, do not fall into the traditional trap of buying her frilly underwear. Your
idea of the kind your wife should wear and what she actually wears are light years apart.
7. Finally, don't spend too much. "How do you think we're going to afford that?"
she'll ask. But don't spend too little. She won't say anything, but she'll think, "Is
that all I'm worth?"
Herb Forst in Cross River, NY, Patent Trader, in Reader's
Digest, p. 69.