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Weekly Message for Sunday, May 12, 2002
                                            


                    

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  There is no other holiday as wonderful as Mother's Day.  It is the opportunity to truly appreciate and show our love for our mother and mothers all over the world!  Mothers play a most important role in the development of their children.  It is the Mother's loving kindness, joy and confidence that makes her a willing participant in bringing a new child into the world and her influence is felt by the child even before birth.

            Julia Ward Howe suggested the idea of Mother's Day in 1872. Howe, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, saw Mother's Day as being dedicated to peace. 


           Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia is credited with bringing about the official observance of Mother's Day. Her campaign to establish such a holiday began as a remembrance of her mother, who died in 1905 and who had, in the late 19th century, tried to establish "Mother's Friendship Days" as a way to heal the scars of the Civil War.

         Two years after her mother died, Jarvis held a ceremony in Grafton, W. Va., to honor her. She was so moved by the proceedings that she began a massive campaign to adopt a formal holiday honoring mothers. In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mother's Day. A year later, nearly every state officially marked the day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother's Day as a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.

          This is the Mother's Day Proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe:

          
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, "Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. 
"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.
"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devasted earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice! Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace,
And each bearing after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

             
I believe this message is just as valid today as it was when it was written.  As we honor our mother's on this day, let's mark this as a new beginning to continue to share our love with mothers and all others every day.  Love is the key to creating peace in the world.  As each and everyone of us gives of the love within us and continues to foster and cultivate this love for the world that we live in and all peoples, we will see the demonstration of this love reflected in the world's affairs.  "Perfect Love casts out fear," and fear is the thing that keeps us separated from each other and defeats the intentions for "Peace On Earth."  LET'S CREATE A LOVE EXPLOSION BEGINNING TODAY IN HONOR OF MOTHERS EVERYWHERE!  Let's allow ourselves to be instruments for the Divine to express Its Perfect Peace and Love through us out into the world.  Let's take a few moments, in honor of our mothers to see GLOBAL PEACE, to see LOVE REFLECTED IN THE WORLD EVERYWHERE.  PEACE AND LOVE are the perfect gifts for our mothers and mothers all over the globe.

 And So It Is! 

                                                            
Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates

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