You probably wouldn’t have guessed this about me, but I’ve subscribed to The Presidential Prayer Team for Kids since last November, when Janeane Garofalo mentioned on Air America that she’d joined. I thought, “Oh, Janeane has the best information. That sounds like a lovely idea.”

Since then, I’ve prayed for Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney and the president himself!

My new issue arrived in this afternoon’s e-mail, and it moved me so much that I wrote to Media Matters to share the good news about:

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Now, the godless ones will tell you that the correct word/spelling is “whose idea,” not “who’s idea.” But they’re just trying to distract you from the truth, my friends.

Below, you can compare what PPT tells us about the origins of Mother’s Day with what the godless heathens say about this sacred holiday:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWhere Did MOTHER’S DAY Come From?



Aren’t you glad that someone thought of having a day that lets moms know how special they are to us? Maybe you have been celebrating Mother’s Day for years, but you never thought about how the holiday got started.

Like most holidays, it started with one person who had a great idea. Have you ever heard of Julia Ward Howe? She wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861. She was a godly woman who wanted to be sure that our nation’s mothers received recognition for the really great job they do! Ms. Howe held organized Mother’s Day meetings in Boston, Massachusetts every year, just to get people thinking about how important mothers are to America.

In 1905 Anna Jarvis, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began a campaign to establish Mother’s Day on a national level. Anna had grown up hearing her own mother speak often about how much she wanted America to have a day set aside to honor mothers. Anna especially remembered one day in Sunday School class when she was 12 years old. Anna’s mother had just finished a lesson on “Mothers of the Bible.” She closed the lesson with a prayer that mothers would have a day honoring their hard work and contributions to our country. Anna never forgot that prayer.

It took her many years of work, but she accomplished her goal. She spoke with anyone who would listen to her idea for Mother’s Day. She wrote hundreds of letters to legislators, executives, and businessmen on both state and national levels. She spoke to any groups who would have her, but mostly her words fell on deaf ears. Then one day, a famous businessman learned of her concern and agreed with her. Great merchant and philanthropist, John Wanamaker of Philadelphia gave her his influence and support, … [Aren’t businessmen wonderful?!]

Ms. Jarvis’ movement grew. … On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of the Congress making the second Sunday in May “Mother’s Day” and requesting the president to call for its appropriate observance.

The godless ones at say this about the origins of Mother’s Day:

… In 1870, Julia Ward Howe took on a new issue and a new cause. Distressed by her experience of the realities of war [not only the death and disease which killed and maimed the soldiers, but the economic devastation], she determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a congress of action.

She failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother’s Day for Peace. Her idea was influenced by Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who had attempted starting in 1858 to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers’ Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors. …

Do you see the differences? The only mention of war that you’ll find in the PPTKids’ explanation is in Julia Ward’s middle name! And there’s no mention of peace, praise god.

I’m almost done sharing with you the gifts I’ve received from, but I just had to share one more thing:

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“No matter what direction life takes us, a mother’s love and guidance are a tremendous blessing that help us to grow up as stable, responsible, and caring individuals. As nurturers, teachers, and protectors, mothers’ unconditional affection helps their children to blossom into mature adults. In partnership with fathers, mothers play a critical role in building healthy families…Mothers who teach us right from wrong and to love our neighbors merit our deepest gratitude and appreciation.”

–George W. Bush

P.S. PPTKids got that photo from the White House. Didn’t they pick a great photo of our president?

P.P.S. Don’t forget to pray. This newsletter’s suggestions:

  1. Pray for the mothers of America. Pray that they will teach their children to do right. Pray that they will look to the Bible for wisdom to do a good job. And be sure to thank your mother for all that she does for you.
  2. Pray for President Bush and his family. He is traveling to Europe to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. He will be meeting with the leaders of some of the countries that the United States helped make free again. Pray that God will give him safety and wisdom.
  3. Pray for the men and women in our military who defend our country. Pray that God will keep them safe and bring them home soon to their own families. Pray for their families here in America that they will know God’s peace.

P.P.P.S. is the kid version of the adult And the poll on that site is so inspirational, I’m sharing it here.

Don’t forget to vote! Ha ha!

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