J. Vernon McGee:
A child can sometimes do well with a ne*er-do-well father but a child with a ne*er-do-well mother hasn*t much chance.
Isaiah 49:15: Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
The idea of Mother*s Day originated with Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose mother died there on May 9, 1905. In 1907 she arranged for a special service to be conducted on the anniversary of the death of her mother in her mother*s home church at Grafton, West Virginia. At this service, which she attended, the entire congregation wore white carnations. Philadelphia observed the day May 10, 1908.
It is a privilege to give special honor on Mother*s Day, for who but she carries so many secret burdens of the heart? Who else feels so keenly the cruel wounds when her artless children are purposely slighted? Who else endeavors so faithfully to cultivate in her children reverence for God and respect for His holy law?
Throughout the centuries, various efforts have been made to give adequate recognition to the vital role played by mothers in society and the home. An old Spanish proverb says: An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. And Abraham Lincoln once said: All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. But, more effective than words is the tribute of a life in which are reproduced the love, sympathy, care, noble principles, self-denial, and sacrifice that are so characteristic of mothers. Mother*s Day should give us a new appreciation not only of our mothers but also of God, for the good traits seen in our mothers are only a minute representation of these qualities as they exist in our loving heavenly Father. Mothers may sometimes fail, forget, and disappoint. God never does. So, let us give special honor to God today. It was He who gave us mothers!