Andy Hollifield 5-14-17

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

A mother in the simplest definition is “a female parent”. There is an old saying that says “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Us dads can sometimes fix a lot of things with great effort and skill but it only takes a tender touch or a soft word from a mother’s lips to drive away monsters or begin to mend broken hearts and dry tears. By the time of his death, my dad was my best friend from whom I sought Godly council but from the formative years and throughout my life, it is my mom I lean on for affairs of the heart. There is nothing that can take the place of a Godly mother. Even Abraham Lincoln spoke often of his mother and her prayers for him.

The word “mother” is used 245 times in 226 verses of scripture. It has always amazed me that even though God could have let his Son come into the world any way he chose to and still accomplished his purpose, he chose to allow him to be born of a woman. If you notice the first scripture, I felt like it would not be doing justice to mothers to not list scripture about the most famous one first. Mary may be the most famous but I believe mine to be the most important. That is not an irreverent statement. Without his mother, Christ would have still been the Son of God but without my mother I would not be who I am. I may not necessarily be much but it is not for my mom’s lack of trying. As a matter of fact, the thoughts of disappointing my mom and dad kept me from a lot of stuff I would have gotten into in my adolescent years. Believe it or not, some of the best counsel I have ever received since I have been in the ministry, came not from Godly men but from my mom.

Moms are also the ones that are in your corner regardless of what you have done. They may not like it or agree with you but they still defend you. They always try to encourage you and support you no matter what. I remember my mom and dad taking me to baseball games in little league and sitting there knowing if I got to play at all it wouldn’t be much. They also knew I wasn’t likely to do very good but they were always cheering like I was the best player on the field. Even when my team went 1-7 in football in 6th grade, they took me to all the practices and came to a lot of the games. One of the proudest moments of my life was to walk across the football field with my parents on senior night when I was in marching band. You don’t forget those types of things. Whether it be alterations on my clothes or cooking advice I can still call on mom to come through for me.

The home I grew up in may have been different from most, I am not sure. Our home was more like a kingdom and momma was the queen. We could argue and debate with dad but you better not back talk the queen. We had to watch our tone with dad and he was definitely the head of the house but you didn’t mess with his queen. I learned how to cherish my mom from watching how my dad did it. There is one thing that till this day I cannot stand to hear. I hate to hear someone refer to their parents either by their first name or call them old man or old woman. Being a parent is a great responsibility and a position of honor and should be respected as such. I didn’t start out with the intention of this being just an article about my mom but I guess when you have the best one, you write about what you know. If you kids have any decency and respect for your parents, you will disagree with me as you should.

I do want to mention just a few things about Mother’s Day before I close. According to Wikipedia, it was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia at St. Andrews Methodist Church which is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine as of May 15th, 1962. A lady named Anna Jarvis had begun a push for the holiday to honor mothers following the death of her mom in 1905. There was also celebrations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1908. The second Sunday in May was chosen because it was the day which her mother had died. The white carnation was chosen as a symbol because it was her moms favorite flower. The idea caught on quickly extending into many foreign countries in just a few years. By 1909, 45 states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico joined the celebration and President Woodrow Wilson ordered flags to be flown to honor mothers in 1914. By 1932 the celebration had even spread to Japan. Mother’s Day cards began to be sold by the 1920’s by Hallmark and other companies. I guess you could say Anna Jarvis took “honor thy father and mother” to a whole new level. She later threatened boycotts and lawsuits over the commercialization of the day and was even arrested in 1925 for disturbing the peace for protesting at an “American War Mothers” meeting because they were selling carnations to raise money. Now you know the history behind the celebration.

Also of great significance, it was on this day in 1948 the nation of Israel was proclaimed by Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion to be a sovereign nation establishing the first Jewish state in 2000 years. It is only fitting that I write about this on Mother’s Day. The nation that is the “Mother of Souls” for lack of a better term should be honored for all she has gone through since then. President Harry Truman was the first to recognize Israel as a country doing it in a press release prior to notifying U.N. delegates. Just thought you might find that interesting. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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