Have Faith in God

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

Today is Mother’s Day, established on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On May 9, 1905 Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, died in Philadelphia. In 1865, after the Civil War, Mrs. Jarvis organized a Mother’s Friendship Day, to encourage peace and the care of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis had lost four sons in the war. She moved to Philadelphia after the death of her husband. It was her daughter, Anna, who convinced President Wilson to declare the holiday, to honor mothers who in so many ways bring healing and peace to their children.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God”. God has sent us faith-filled mothers who calm our troubled hearts. We are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin

A Mother’s Day Message

Today’s Word:

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe me through their message. (John 17:20)

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Today is Mother’s Day – a national day to honor mothers, officially declared a holiday on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.

Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis and her daughter, Anna Reeves Jarvis, are recognized as the original founders of Mother’s Day in the United States.

On May 9, 1905, Ann Reeves Jarvis died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, she moved to live with her children in Philadelphia after the death of her husband.

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In May 1907, her daughter Anna Reeves Jarvis arranged a gathering in her Philadelphia home to remember and pray for her mother. Anna organized the first “official” Mother’s Day service the following year in Grafton at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church where her mother taught Sunday School.

During the May 10 service, Anna delivered 500 carnations, handing them out to all the children in attendance. Her mother’s favorite flower was carnations, and they have since become the traditional flower of Mother’s Day.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for His apostles and “also for those who will believe in me through their word.” Today, we give thanks to God for our mothers who have helped us to have faith, to hope, and to feel loved.

– Father McLaughlin