Do you know the historical fact that the founders of Mother's Day were two Methodist women? In this week, I read an interesting article titled, "Mother of U.S. Mother’s Day was West Virginia Methodist Ann Jarvis." The article begins with these sentences:
"The celebration of Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, but the mother of Mother's Day in the United States was Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, the wife of a Methodist pastor in West Virginia. Her daughter, Anna, led a successful campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday."
Isn't that interesting? I was very intrigued and read further the article. But at the end of the article, I found a bitter piece of history, which lets me stop and ponder for a while. It says that Anna, after spent her many years of her life promoting the Mother's Day movement, became an outspoken critic when Mother’s Day got too much commercialized.
Statistics say that 20.7 billion dollars will be spent on moms in honor of Mother's Day. I hope we all can focus on mother’s love in the middle of all that cash and commercialism.
You may check the link below for the video clip that briefly explains this history.
"Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth"
By Jean Janzen, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich
Mothering God, you gave me birth in the bright morning of this world.
Creator, source of every breath, you are my rain, my wind, my sun.
Mothering Christ, you took my form, offering me your food of light,
grain of life, and grape of love, your very body for my peace.
Mothering Spirit, nurturing one, in arms of patience hold me close,
so that in faith I root and grow until I flower, until I know.
Have a blessed Mother’s day!
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