by Jerry Vines

A Tribute to Our Mothers
Jerry Vines
Proverbs 31:10-31

We are here this morning to pay tribute to our mothers. We are participating in something that has been done for almost 100 years in America. It all started back in 1908. There was a woman named Anna Jarvis who loved her mother greatly, and requested of her pastor that they have a special service on Sunday to honor all of the mothers of the congregation. So, on May 10, 1908 they had a special service and presented a carnation to all the mothers who were present in that service, which was Mrs. Jarvis' mother's favorite flower.

Somehow that tradition seemed to catch on and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May every year as Mother's Day. He said it would be a time of public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. We come today to pay tribute to our mothers.

I'm aware of the fact that for some of you this is the first Mother's Day you have observed without your mother. During this past year your mother has gone to heaven and there is a note of sadness in your heart. I want to give you a word of encouragement. Though it be a sad day for you, I want you to know it is a glad day for your mother. Think about it. Never again will your mother have a pain. Your mother will never shed a tear again. Your mother will never know a sorrow again. Your mother will never die again. Your mother will be waiting at the gates one day and through the Lord Jesus Christ, you will greet your mother again.

What a special day it is for all of our mothers! So I want to talk about Proverbs 31, which is very familiar to you. It may be the classic passage in all of the Bible about gratitude and tribute to our mothers.

I'm also aware that the very mention of Proverbs 31 fills some mothers with a sense of anxiety. I know that sometimes mothers hear these verses read and they walk away a bit discouraged. Sometimes these verses of Scripture can be intimidating fo ...

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