1. Anna M. Jarvis 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 day. 1
2. It is for certain that Mothers need to be honored and deserve to be honored. I think about a little boy that forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son's memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, "My mother is the light of the world." 2
3. I'm sure that many feel the same way about their mother. There are not enough words in our vocabulary to say all that should be said about mothers.
4. Abraham Lincoln said: "I remember my mother's prayers, and they have followed me; they have clung to me all my life. All that I am and hope to be I owe to my angel mother."
5. Today, on Mothers Day, we say thank you to all our mothers for their undying love, their untiring work, their unselfish giving, and their undivided devotion.
6. A mother who had scrimped and saved to put her son through college sat in her sons graduation. He walked across the platform, received his diploma with honors, and then walked down the aisle. But instead in turning into the designated row, he kept walking; down to where his mother sat. The young man threw his arms around her neck, kissed her on the cheek, placed in his diploma in her hands, and said, "Here, Mom, you earned it!" ... To all mothers, I say you have earned at least one day of honor and recognition.
7. Today as we think about mothers, I want us to think about our mothers in a different light then we normally do. I realize that many of you no longer have your mothers with you. Some of you are spending your first Mothers Day without your mother. Many have you have spent several Mothers Day's without your mother. It is you that I specifically have in mind today.
8. I was with a family this week that lost their mother. The mother had been on life-support for a couple of days. The doctors had told them that there was no brain activity and the mother was only being kept alive by ...
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