However, there hasn’t always been a Mother’s Day that honored mothers. According to Catholic Online, the early Christians were the first to honor mothers. At first, it was originally supposed to honor the Virgin Mary, but England later expanded it to include every mother.
In the 1600s to the 1800s, it was called Mothering Sunday and was celebrated each year on the fourth Sunday of Lent, a 40 day fasting period that happens before Easter.
According to Mothers Day Central, when the first people settled in America, they disbanded the Mothering Sunday. England would still continue to have it, but America wouldn’t until the 1900s.
In 1908, after her mother died, Anna Jarvis started campaigning for Mother’s Day to be official. She quit working to devote her time to gain support for her idea so she could convince Congress to make it national holiday.
West Virginia became the first state to make Mother’s Day official in 1908. By 1911 almost every state was celebrating it and President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law in 1914.
The holiday has gotten very popular and commercialized since then, but we shouldn’t forget why we’re doing it. We’re not doing it just because it’s Mother’s Day, but we do it because we honor our mothers and it shows that we recognize what they do for us.
But for Christians, there’s more than honoring mothers for what they do. God also commands us to honor their mothers through the Bible.
Exodus 20:12 (NIV) says “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Christians are supposed to honor mothers all year round, not just on Mother’s Day. They do this by obeying and respecting their parents because it’s the right thing to do and because it pleases God in doing so.
What applies to Christians should also apply to everyone. Mother’s Day should be a day for remembering to honor and obey our mothers every day of the year instead of just on Mother’s Day.
However you spend Mother’s Day, remember not just to honor her that day, but everyday.