Inspirational focus Leader: Melissa A Manning

Happy Mother’s Day

Her children arise up, and call her blessed.

Proverbs 31:28


History of Mother’s Day

The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother’s Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. Jarvis’ push to create an official holiday was met with opposition by some. Sen. Henry Moore Teller described the notion of Mother’s Day as “absolutely absurd,” and trifling. However, in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. The day has become hugely popular and there is a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and other gift to mothers.

Anna Jarvis had originally conceptualized Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families and not as a commercialized event as some have made it. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services.

In the spirit of Jarvis’ initial vision, let’s honor our mothers by personalizing out thanks with original gifts and with genuine and sincere acts of kindness. They are by far most deserving!!!!

A Mother is the Heart of a Family.


Honoring mothers


Melissa A Manning, IMDWG Chaplain

"Forever Apostolic"




  April 2021  
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