by Keith Krell

The Power of One
Keith Krell
2 Timothy 1:5

Ana M. Jarvis was deeply attached to her mother whose name was Mrs. Ana Reese Jarvis. Mrs. Ana Reese Jarvis had been the daughter of a pastor and had taught in a Methodist Sunday school at Grafton, West Virginia. Mrs. Jarvis died in 1905. Two years later, the Sunday school superintendent of her Grafton congregation asked Ana to help him arrange a memorial for the woman who had been so influential in that church. This set Ana thinking. It seemed to her that children often do not do enough to show their moms that they appreciate them while they are still alive.

Grafton held its special service on the second Sunday of May in 1907, the anniversary of Mrs. Jarvis' death. The following year, Ana convinced her own church in Philadelphia to hold a Mother's Day service on May 10, 1908. Ana supplied the church with white carnations, which had been her mom's favorite flower. After that, Ana wrote thousands of letters and held many interviews to promote a national Mother's Day. She enlisted friends behind her effort, too. It took them six years, but in the end they succeeded. On May 8th, 1914, both houses of the United States Congress passed resolutions establishing a Mother's Day observance. Acting on the authority of that resolution, President Woodrow Wilson instituted Mother's Day on May 9th, 1914. Thanks to the efforts of one Christian lady, Mother's Day is observed everywhere in the United States on the second Sunday of May. But it is observed on that day in other countries as well, by Christian and non-Christian alike-including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and parts of Africa and South America.

This demonstrates the power of one woman to make a difference. Because of Ana Jarvis' love for her mom she impacted the world and gave us a greater appreciation for women. Never, ever dismiss the power of one person to change lives. You may be a single mom, you may be mar ...

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