Monthly archives: May, 2018

God Sightings – Pentecost 2018

Friday started out full of death and destruction in Santa Fe, TX.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/18/us/texas-school-shooting-victims/index.html

Our prayers go out to families, friends, and the entire community for those who died and were wounded in this tragedy. We also pray for the young man who because of possible delusions and mental instability did this horrible act of violence.

Saturday came with an over-the-top experience of the Royal Wedding bringing hope to the world found in the love that is in and through God in Jesus Christ. Love is much stronger than evil in this world!

Sunday evening the Billboard Music Awards you heard the person recognized for her volume of work in the music industry and her humanitarian efforts Janet Jackson. She speaks of God!

The religious and the secular come together to lift-up and give the God of love the attention and share the need for a redemptive healing love in the world for all people!

Do I hear an amen! For a profound and powerful Pentecost that only God can orchestrate through our looking back on it to see the holy imprint.

Gregg Hartung, Director
Presbyterian Media Mission

 


Celebrating Mother’s Day

It was a number of years ago, when visiting Dennis and Marilyn Benson in Michigan,  that Dennis took my wife aside and interviewed her for Passages. Dennis had Tina share about her mother Thelma. Thelma was a great lady having raised 9 children! Tina is the youngest.

So here is Tina telling her love for her mother on Passages this Mother’s Day weekend.
Enjoy!

Click on the audio link below.

History of Mother’s Day. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY

Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.

Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
Did You Know?
More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.

ANN REEVES JARVIS AND JULIA WARD HOWE

The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.

These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.

Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.”

We appreciate and pray for all the women who call thenselves mom’s this Mother’s Day! We are thankful for them everyday.