by Marvin D. Patterson

The Blessed Mother
Marvin Patterson
Proverbs 31:10-31

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.

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." We would all agree with that little boy!

Maybe your mother is already with the Lord in heaven. For some here today, this may be your first mother's day without your mother. My heart goes out to you this morning! But be encouraged that she is glad, and happy, and not hurting, and we will be united again one day in the future when all the saints of God are together worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ!

The late scientist, Harry Rimmer, once heard Charles Fuller announce on his radio program, the Old Fashion Revival Hour, that the following Sunday he was going to preach on Heaven. Rimmer sent him the fo ...

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