Happy Mother's Day for Peace

Hello ladies and gents,

I heard Marianne Williamson, a famous author, spiritual teacher, and feminist, speak on Wednesday night. She told the story of the original American Mother's Day to the audience and read the Mother's Day Proclamation to us. It brought me to tears. In the midst of flowers, cards, and mother's day brunches, take a second to read this beautiful statement about peace. The influence that mothers and women in general have on the world is so great, so loving, and can be a true catalyst for peace on earth. That is what the founding women of this day hoped for. They hoped that the women who lost their sons and husbands and brothers to the Civil War would gather together and remember - and work together to become THE channels of peace in their great land.

I am so grateful for my mothers. All the strong, loving women who raised me taught me to believe in God, to love my family with all my heart, and to be a positive influence in the world around me. I am so proud to stand amongst them as a young American woman.

My Mom and our sweet dog, Dolly.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", wrote this. A call to all mothers across the land:

Mother's Day Proclamation

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided 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 bosom of the 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 out 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 at 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 found a pretty good page of Mother's Day History, if you would like to read more. I guess we have been honoring mothers forever! It's just nice to know that the tradition of this day, at least in America is very closely linked to peace and the power of the feminine spirit!

We can spread peace and love on this earth just by allowing the natural care-giving, loving, motherly spirit in each of us shine through. (If you're a guy...I guess you could try it. Couldn't hurt. Start with 1 inch heels. haha)



  1. We read that at my church yesterday! Great poem and great service. xoxo

  2. cooool! Isn't it beautiful! Love you. :)


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