Daily Inspiration

May 5, 2016

Honoring Mothers

“Standing near the cross were Jesus' mother...When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her...Woman, he is your son...And he said to this disciple...She is your mother...And from then on this disciple took her into his home.”

~John 19:25a, 26-27

In the United States Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday. It is celebrated on various days of the year in other areas in the world. According to the website, wikipedia.org, in the United States the “modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908”. In 1914 it was officially designated by a proclamation as a national holiday to be observed on the “second Sunday in May, to honor mothers”.

Mother's Day is celebrated in more than “46 countries throughout the world”. The “extent of the celebrations varies greatly”within each country.

Today's “Daily Inspiration” is devoted to all Mothers.

Ruth's Attic printed a selection from Ruth Bell Graham's writings. Ruth Bell Graham was a mother, and the wife of the Evangelist Billy Graham. The selection is titled: “A Mother's Peace”. “She waited for the call that never came...searched every mail for a letter, or a note, or card, that bore his name...and on her knees at night, and on her feet all day, she stormed Heaven's gate in his behalf...she pled for him in Heaven's high court. Be still, and wait; and see---the word God gave...then she knew that He would do in and for and with him, that which she never could. So doubts ignored she went about her chores with joy---knowing, though spurned, His word was true. The prodigal had not returned, but God was God, And there was work to do.”

To all Mothers, “May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Lord God, thank You for all Mothers. Help us to honor them every day. Amen.

~ Ann Brock Ludington

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