Summary: This is a sermon comparing Eve to the Church of God, using types and shadows.

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"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Gal. 4:26

I would like to first say, "Happy Mother’s Day" to all the mothers present here this morning. "Mother’s Day" is a very special time for me personally, because, I can not think of anyone else (except for Lisa) that I love more than my own mother. Dads, I know you are very hard workers, and faithful providers, and good fathers, but I have never seen a man that could ever labor as hard as giving birth. You mothers amaze me, how strong you are. You can carry heavy children, groceries, love, burdens, etc... Mothers, I believe you deserve more than just one day a year to be honored.

On the second Sunday in May each year, many people honor motherhood by celebrating Mother’s Day. Mothers are especially honored this day by many families in various parts of the world and in lots of churches.

First to suggest Mother’s Day in the United States was Julia Ward Howe, who came up with the idea in 1872.

Howe was from Boston, and her suggestion was followed by celebrations in Massachusetts for a number of years on June 2.

The day, in addition to honoring mothers, was also dedicated to peace.

Earlier, in England, a special day called Mothering Sunday was celebrated in mid-Lent. Similar celebrations had also been held in Yugoslavia and other European countries for many years.

The introduction of a formal Mother’s Day developed slowly. A Kentucky schoolteacher named Mary Towels Saseen started organizing Mother’s Day celebrations in her state in 1887. Frank Hering of South Bend, IN, launched a regional campaign in 1904 and Anna Jarvis of Grafton, WV, launched a national campaign in 1907.

It was Jarvis who chose the second Sunday in May as the date for the holiday, and she also started the custom of wearing carnations: a white one if the person’s mother is dead, a brightly-colored one if she is living.

At the meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, in 1912, a delegate from Jarvis’ church in West Virginia introduced a resolution officially recognizing Anna as the founder of Mother’s Day, and suggested that the special day be observed nationally each May.

National recognition for Mother’s Day finally came on May 9, 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution recommending that Congress and the executive branch of the government observe Mother’s Day each year.

The following year, Wilson was authorized by Congress to officially proclaim Mother’s Day as an annual national observance. And since then, many other countries have followed the tradition.

The first mother ever mentioned in "God’s Word" is Eve. She was made by God, out of the side of Adam. Gen. 2:21-23, "21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

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