We also know of countless stories of mothers who sold their properties to keep their children in school while their husbands who may be richer spent on frivolities. A good mother is, therefore, an embodiment of true love.
Your mother is the reason for your life and whatever and whoever you are, your mother has made crucial contribution to your development. It is, therefore, appropriate we celebrate mothers to make them feel proud, valued, special, cherished, loved and important.
Showing appreciation also reduces your stress and improves your mood. It promotes intimacy and leads to virtues like mercy and compassion.
Your mother gives you treasured lessons that can guide you along your journey of life even when she is no longer with you.
Steve wonder says ‘mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower then my mother is that sweet flower of love’.
It is, therefore, important you celebrate your mother to make her feel loved and appreciated.
Origin of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Celebration is commonly attributed to Annie Javis who in 1908 organised a memorial service for her late mother.
The fact, however, is that the celebration of Mother’s Day actually started in the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages when believers who worked outside their hometown were permitted to visit their parishes and mothers during a period in May each year.
We also have a special day for honouring Mary, the mother of Jesus, because she is a model of motherhood.
What to do on Mother’s day
Make time for your mother. Time together promotes bonding and gives you security and peace of mind. It makes you happy and healthy. Talk of your past and listen to your life story. Recall the happy and sad moments, the good things and the bad you did.
Take photos and make it a fun time.
Nothing can completely make up for all the sacrifices your mother has made for you but it is nice to send her a gift because it is a sign of love and goodwill.
It is not how expensive the item is but the good intentions behind them.
A good gift is one which makes impression on your mother because of the meaning she attaches to it.
Verbalise your appreciation
Thank your mother for all her love and care. Say it but the best gift you can give is to resolve to do your best in every area of your life.
Resolve to give up any bad habit that worries your mother. Five years ago, a man promised to go back to the Catholic Church and today he is a very active member in his parish.
Pray for your mother
If she has offended you in any way, this is the time to forgive her unconditionally. If you do not forgive your mother, God will not forgive you.
See the difficulties you had with your mother as God’s way to make you stronger and wise.
Celebrate your mother
God has given us mothers as gifts and He commands us we revere them, love them and give them recognition for their heroic roles just as we are careful to obey all His commands.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us appreciate that motherhood is not about biology; it is about love and care. This explains why God likens Himself to a mother bringing to mind the comforting nature of a mother.
Annie Javis, the originator of Mother’s Day did not have children of her own. Again Mother Theresa dubbed the mother of all the living had no biological children.
Any woman ; sister, cousin, grandmother who shows love and care is a mother just as Jesus said anyone who does the will of God is a sister and a brother.
We conclude that without fathers and mothers, there will be no mothers. Celebration of Mother’s Day is, therefore, a celebration of all and a time to remind us to love and care for each other always.
Happy Mother’s Day!