Dr. Swisher, Is Mother’s Day a religious Holiday? Myyung, Ottawa Hills

Hello Myung  thank you for this question. Mother’s Day is a unique holiday that gives us all the opportunity to honor and Bless our mother’s and other women who are or have been mentors or parent figures in our lives.  

Mother’s Day is not a specifically Religious celebration but it is what I like to call the “Holiday of the Heart.”  The official concept for this special day began early in the 20th Century on May 11, 1907. Just five years later virtually every State held a Mother’s Day event and the concept was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. Mother’s Day is a part of the fabric of America. Remember the phrase “As American as Motherhood and Apple pie?”

Anna Jarvis, a dedicated Christian and member of Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia created the holiday and fought for its implementation.  On a side note Father’s Day was also established by a Methodist. Ms. Jarvis’ Church in West Virginia is known as the Shrine to Mothers.

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah 66:13  we read “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”   Mothers are so important God uses them as an example of His love.  That is very significant.  Cardinal Mermilad put I this way “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”

There you have it Myung.  Mother’s Day is not necessarily religious but it certainly has its origin  there.

We invite you to join us in Worship today as together we celebrate God’s gift of motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother Barbara and to all mothers on this special day.  May God bless and encourage you daily.


Be our guest today for Mother’s Day at Epworth UMC at 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am and 6:00pm.