Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Encouraging mothers

Mother’s Day is celebrated across various parts of the world to honour the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It began in the United States in the early 20th century at the initiative of Anna Jarvis, who organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. In 1914, the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers. The significance of the day (Mother’s Day) lies in the fact that society acknowledges the role of a mother and the task of fulfilling the role as parent. A mother is broadly understood as a woman who gives birth to a child. The task of taking care of a child is called mothering. Though it is deemed that all mothers fulfil their duties of mothering; the reality is that, this may not be the same in all cases. The two-mother and mothering – are vital attributed that are highlighted on Mother’s Day. This has also raised the issue between a good and a bad mother. It may be loosely explained that a mother who is involved in mothering is a good mother while a mother is not mothering is a bad mother. Besides caring, nurturing and protecting her children, a good mother is an exemplary wife. She brings all the family together. The opposite is true of a bad mother who neglects her responsibility in the upbringing of her children and her husband. There are many good mothers yet few godly mothers. The bible describes the values of a virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. The chapter defines a virtuous woman as one who leads her home with integrity, discipline, and more. All the virtues she practices are aimed at making her husband’s life better, teaching her children, and serving God. Through the sacrificial love, a mother also makes a better husband and father. Though both fathers and mothers equally share the responsibility of making a home; mothers play a prominent role in the development of spiritual values in the family. These virtues make a good mother and that is the ideal that is sought to be promoted as Mother’s Day is celebrated. A godly mother raises a child and determines the character of that child and so influences the type of society that the next generation will create. That is why there is a saying that: “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. Love is the greatest motivation to do the hard work of mothering. The dregs of a society that has given up the good values because they are considered ‘old’, can be seen in society. Therefore, in a society rife with rebellion, cult of crime, drugs and immorality, society has to encourage good mother to be godly mothers and need all the encouragement and prayers so that they can play their roles in being the rudder of the family and by extension, society.

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