LOVE WARRIORS: I have a secret to tell you. It’s about Mother’s Day.
You know the story the world has told you about Mother’s Day: that it’s a Hallmark holiday only about staying home and snuggling up and opening gifts and having pedicures and brunch with our little tribe?
It’s a lie. Mother’s Day was never about brunch.
Listen to me you guys, because this is the best, most awesome thing I know. Mother’s Day wasn’t created by Hallmark. Mother’s Day was created by ONE OF US — a grieved, activist, revolutionary Love Warrior named Julia Ward Howe. Tired of war, tired of tribalism being valued above the lives of the vulnerable — her pain and hope merged and became her mission. After living through the bloodshed of the Civil War, she called out for revolution.
She called the day of the revolution: MOTHER’S DAY.
“Women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before!
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Let us meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let us then solemnly take council with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, man as the brother of man, each bearing after his own kind the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God!”
—Julia Ward Howe and her original Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in 1870
Feel ambivalent about Mother’s Day? Me too. That’s because we didn’t know the truth of it. Now we do.
LOVE WARRIORS: Today, in the spirit of Ms. Howe and every other Revolutionary for Love:
HERE IS OUR INVITATION:
On any given night in Europe, tens of thousands of refugee children are cold, hungry, and alone. While fleeing from war, they’ve lost their parents—temporarily or forever. Through partnering with Help Refugees, The Compassion Collective has worked to save, heal, feed, shelter and comfort these little ones for months. For months now, our funds have been feeding 6,450 of our sisters and brothers and babies every DAY. The funds we used are now gone. But we are the ones they’ve come to count on. We will not let them down. We will keep feeding them, sheltering them, pulling them from the water and lighting the dark when they are afraid at night. We will do this to honor our own mothers, our own children, our own gratitude and heartbreak and hope. This Mother’s Day, we will continue to mother these motherless children of ours.
On even given night in America, over 200,000 homeless youth sleep on our streets. 40% of these kids are LGBTQ+. Many of these precious ones lost their families through rejection. Another 40% have been a part of the foster care system. These beloved ones never had a forever family. This Mother’s Day, we will begin to mother these motherless children of ours. Abroad and at home. Because Love is not either/or. Love is Both/And. Let’s allow the children of the world to unite us. Let us remember that since we are ONE human family — there is No Such Thing As Other People’s Children.
You guys. For the past few months, every night I lie in bed, stare at the ceiling, and think: My God. This is no longer hypothetical. This Love Revolution is no longer a wish or a dream or a vision. WE ARE DOING IT. Through our work with Help Refugees, we have become an internationally recognized leader in refugee humanitarian aid. Now we will become trailblazing leaders of love at home, too.
We have become the leaders we were waiting for.
Together, we are leaving our mark on the world and our mark is radical, relentless, dangerous love that reaches BEYOND ourselves and BEYOND our neighborhoods and races and religions and rules and borders and differences and fear. Our love insists that there is no such thing as other people’s children – that there is no peace for a parent until all children have peace- and that there is no rest for a child of God until all children of God can rest. So this Mother’s Day: let the politics rage on — we will give and heal and serve and sing.
You are all are welcome to join us today. Men, women, children. Those who had perfect mothers and those whose mothers could not love you the way you deserved to be loved. Those whose mothers abused and neglected and abandoned you. Those who have happy families and sad families, married mamas and single mamas and fathers doing the fathering and mothering. Those who’ve lost mothers and those who are losing beloved mothers right now. Those mothers who’ve lost children. Those mothers whose children are lost. Those mothers whose children are sick. Those who are trying to become mothers. The aunties who mother by nurturing the life in people and animals and plants and whose particular type of mothering is vital to the world. Those mothers who can’t find a moment to yourself and mothers who can’t find a single person to celebrate you. Join us. All. We need ALL to heal the world. Especially the brokenhearted.
Mother’s Day was never about waiting to be celebrated. It was about joining in this movement that says, Whether we’re raising them or not, we are all mothers of this brutiful world, sent to nurture life in a million different ways. Let’s CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY in the spirit of that revolutionary, universal love that proclaims: WE ARE OUR BROTHERS’ AND SISTERS’ AND BABIES’ KEEPERS, and let’s watch our gratitude and peace and power and children rise together.
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