Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
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May News

Happy Mother's Day
By Pastor Dennis Felder
Do you know what occurred on May 8, 1914?  It was on this day that the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and the proclamation was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.  Although Mother’s Day is a special day to recognize our mothers, for some, it can be a sad day.  Let me take a moment to explain.

For some women, Mother’s Day is not a joyous occasion.  Some women, for various reasons, are and were not able to have children.  Therefore, this celebratory day can be a day of loneliness.  There are other women, who have given birth to children, but death has taken them away.  Mother’s Day can be a vivid reminder of this heartache.

Let me assure you, I am in favor of honoring our all of our mothers on Mother’s Day.  I feel that it is important that we remember and honor the mothers who have given so much to help birth, raise, and nourish our children.  Without compassionate and dedicated mothers, our families, our societies, and our world would be in an awful mess.  However, I feel that it is equally important to honor all women on Mother’s Day.  This would also include all of our mothers that are no longer with us.

In Proverbs chapter 31, the Bible shares with us the true value of women.  It tells us that women are more valuable than rubies, enhances her husband, diligently works to strengthen the family, assists the needy, one of noble character, and her family calls her blessed.  In the last two verses of Proverbs 31:30-31, it says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Therefore, on May 14th, USBC will honor all mothers and women with a special carnation.  The tradition of giving carnations dates back to 1908.  In 1908, a lovely lady by the name of Anna Jarvis delivered 500 carnations to a special church service to celebrate the lives of all mothers.  She chose the carnation because the carnation was her mother’s favorite flower.