Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly: "We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor, Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

I have written before of why I didn't like observing "Mother's Day" during a worship service; though I would reconsider now even passing out flowers to honor mothers with us or gone.

But I would do it in the context of this proclamation, and present this proclamation in the context of some chosen verses about peace, and women, and children, and Caesar, and God.

And it probably still wouldn't go down all that well; talk of bewailing and commemorating the dead, and solemnly taking counsel as a means of living in peace, and being aware we all bear the sacred impress of God, might be more than a Mother's Day could bear.

Then again, it isn't a church service written by Hallmark.....

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