Women of Faith

Dear Mother’s Day Participants,

Where did Mother’s day come from?

Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service for her mother on May 10,1908 Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. on May 9th, 1914 , by an act of Congress.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for ”public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” By then it had become customary to wear white carnations to honor departed mothers and red to honor the living, a custom that continues to this day.

I like that historical perspective. It is helpful for me to understand the reason for the national holiday. What also stands out for me are the female heroes- the “Sheroes“ of the scripture. How from Eve to Mary, women served heroically to bring the gift of faith to our hearts today. Without the faith of my Grandmas Louise and Gertrude, Mother Beverly, Bride Amy, and daughter Amanda, the faith would never have made sense or become authentic in the flesh. If you have been blessed by great women of faith, give thanks this Mother’s Day! If you lack great women of faith, start with the biblical “Sheroes” Eve and Mary and others in between which we all share. Then pray to the God in the heavens for women to walk with on this earth and She will deliver them.

I look forward to hearing from our Sister Angie Jumper this weekend. She is the Director of our mission partner the Boys and Girls Club of Booneville, Mississippi. Then on Friday night, May 16 at 7pm, you are all invited to the home of Amy and I, 5510 Sawdust Loop , Parker CO 80134 to hear more about the summer ministry trip to Booneville on July 16-23.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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