May 10, 2013

Coming Attractions—Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day or, in the official church, “Festival of the Christian Home.” Thus, almost everyone I know, (with a few clergy exceptions) will celebrate Mother’s Day!

Do you remember Bill Cosby’s comments about the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? Mothers are organized. They give their children a list of what they want, and then say, “Now go get the money from your father and you surprise me on Mother’s Day. You do that for me.”

As Cosby tells it, “On Father's Day, I give each of my five children $20 to go out and buy me a present. They buy two packages of under-shorts for $5 each—and each package has three shorts. They unwrap the packages, wrap each pair of shorts separately.” Cosby concludes, “On Father’s Day, I am walking around in new underwear and my kids are walking around with $90 in change in their pockets.”

On a more serious note than Mr. Cosby provided, (regardless of his accuracy) we as a culture observe the second Sunday in May as a day that honors mothers. It began in its present form with a special service in May 1907 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Thus, from the start, we Methodists have been advocates for remembering the great gifts our mothers have provided for us.



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