Saturday, May 09, 2009

Disarmament Day

That's what "Mother's Day" might be called if Julia Ward Howe had her way.

Howe (1819-1910) is best known for her "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which seems to stand in favor of everything King Lincoln did to destroy America. She was part of the wealthy New England elite.

She also was the first to issue a "Mother's Day Proclamation" in 1870.

The first part sounds useful for advancing the original "American Dream" of the Prophet Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" Vision:

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.

But the last part sounds like a plea for the United Nations:

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 have doubts about the ability of any "Congress" to disarm the "powers that be."

Gloria Steinhem never embodied "motherhood" for me.

For that I turn to Proverbs 31:

10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Mothers like this
working in the home
are more likely to bring about peace
than mothers like Julia Ward Howe will
working in
the House.

Micah's Prophecy

And it will come about in the last days
That the
mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the

And the peoples will stream to it.
And many
nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the
mountain of the LORD
And to the
House of the God of Jacob,
That He may teach us about His
And that we may walk in His

For from
Zion will go forth the Law
the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And He will
judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.

Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up
sword against nation
And never again will they
train for war.

And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under
his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.

Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us,
we will walk
the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.

In that day, saith the LORD,

will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that
is driven out,
and her that
I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted
a remnant,
and her that was cast far off
a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in
mount Zion
from henceforth,
even for ever.

Join us Saturday morning at 10:30 am Central time for a discussion of Mother's Day at the Ozarks Virtual Town Hall.

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