Mother’s Day is just two days away, so it’s time to put some thought into how you’ll remember your mom!

The roots of the holiday go back to the ancient Greeks and modern celebrations vary around the world. In the USA, we trace its origins to Anna Marie Jarvis. She greatly admired her mother, who tended wounded soldiers during the Civil War and was a community activist. Anna’s mother died in 1905, and two years later she held a memorial in her church to remember her mom’s good deeds. She worked hard for several years and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially made the second Sunday in May “Mother’s Day”.

The commercialization of the holiday may give some pause (as it did Miss Jarvis), but the heart behind the day is genuine. Mother’s Day is a time to remember the women that serve their families in all sorts of ways. Whether you call your mom, send her a card, help your children make a special breakfast for their mom, or share stories with friends of a mother that has passed, these remembrances create memories that will last a lifetime.

Take a moment this weekend to thank God for the women that he put into your life that model His faithful, enduring love. Consider how you’ll talk with women that do not have children or have lost children through tragedy. These acts of kindness are one more way we are learning to love one another well.