A Mother's Wish For Her Son by Johnny Hunt

A MOTHER'S WISH FOR HER SON
Johnny Hunt
PROVERBS 31:10-31
May 11, 2003

INTRODUCTION: Mother's Day is the third most
celebrated holiday in the world, just behind Christmas
and Easter. It dates back to ancient Greece, but it
wasn't until 1872 that Julia Ward Howe (author of "The
Battle Hymn of the Republic") suggested the idea here
in the United States. Anna Jarvis, the daughter of a
Methodist minister, took up her cause. She felt the
scars from the Civil War could be healed by honoring
mothers. She died in 1905 before seeing her dream
fulfilled.

However, her daughter (also named Anna Jarvis) took up
the crusade. She spent a fortune trying to promote
the cause. In honor of her mother's death, on May 12,
1907, Anna made a small tribute to her Mom at Andrews
Methodist Episcopal Church in Gafton, West Virginia.
She donated 500 white carnations for everyone in
attendance to wear. It was seven years later that
President Woodrow Wilson officially established
Mother's Day as a national holiday to be held on the
second Sunday of May. (1914)

On a sad note, when Anna saw how commercialized the
holiday had become; she became so embittered she filed
a lawsuit in 1923 to stop a Mother's Day festival.
She was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a
mother's convention. She said, "A printed card means
nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the
woman who has done more for you than anyone in the
world." Shortly before her death in 1948, while
living in a nursing home, she told a reporter that she
was sorry she had ever started the whole thing.

In Proverbs 31 the original intended audience was not
young women (this is what kind of wife you should be)
but young men (this is the kind of wife you should
get). Proverbs directs the reader away from the
immoral woman and towards the good wife because its
implied reader is a young man.

Proverbs 18:22, "He who finds a wife finds a goo ...


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