Honoring Mothers

ABmothersday From a nurturing touch to a woman’s intuition, patience and understanding—the importance of mothers is highlighted in every culture and written word known to man. A Jewish proverb claims, “God could not be everywhere so he made mothers.” An Arabic proverb says, “The mother is a school; if she is well-reared, you are sure to build a nation.” And throughout the centuries, mothers have always defined roles, shaped lives and built communities. Anna Jarvis, who is credited with beginning Mother’s Day, was an Appalachian homemaker in the 1850s. Jarvis organized Mother’s Work days to focus on the poor health conditions in the area. Songwriter and suffragist Julia Ward Howe called upon the power of mothers to rally for peace and for 10 consecutive years, Howe held a Mother’s Day for Peace in Boston. The official day for mother’s came about in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson decreed the day. Whether you choose today to celebrate mothers or celebrate them all year long, it is important to recognize that mothers and motherhood come in all different packages while living up highest expectations. Proverbs 31:25-28 New King James Version (NKJV)25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. Mothers, West Angeles salutes your tireless love. We honor your perseverance.  We cherish your attention to detail and dedication to laughter and love. May the love of God continue to strengthen you and encourage you to know you are making the right decisions. Without you, none of this would be possible.