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On Sunday, May thirteenth, the nation will once again celebrate a holiday that we've had for nearly one hundred years: Mother's Day. A woman by the name of Anna Jarvis originally conceived the idea in 1908 and succeeded in making it a national holiday when President Woodrow Wilson made it official in 1914.

What we have now is a day to remember and honor mothers everywhere for their love, sacrifices, and hard work that they provide on a daily basis. They are showered with flowers, presents, and handmade gifts from their children as small tokens of appreciation for all they do. Of course, like any holiday, this kind of love and appreciation should be shown year round. It isn't often enough that people pause to reflect on the impact that others make on their lives and take a moment to thank them for it.

Ephesians 6:1-3 tells us to honor and obey our parents and points out that in addition to it being one of the ten commandments, it's also the first commandment with a promise attached: "so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Why would that be true? It is because a parent loves their child and wants the best for them. Therefore, we would be wise to trust their knowlege and experience as well as their good intentions for us. What we learn from them really does enrich and prolong our lives when we take their instruction to heart. Of course, there will always be times where we make mistakes and have our disagreements, but we should always respect them. A truly good parent has a child's best interest in mind; we should never forget that!

In this time of remembrance and thanks, take a moment to appreciate all Mom has done for you. And, if you are still blessed with her presence in your life, do not forget to see her or call her on her special day! Also, remember those that have lost their mothers; or the mothers who have lost their children through some means. Take a moment to pray for those wrestling with the the pain and bittersweet memories (and seek comfort from the Lord if you are hurting from your own loss). God bless everyone on this upcoming holiday!

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