An Unconditional Day
It is a day that has become so over commercialized since 1914, that its own founder, Anna Jarvis, even turned against it. Mother's Day is certainly special to America, especially considering the $2.6 billion we spent last year on flowers alone, but for me it is a day to celebrate unconditional love.
It was my mother who taught me the meaning of unconditional love, and through her I have glimpsed the love I know God has for me. I knew this first, not because the Bible told me so, but because my mother did. Even as I doubted that her love would withstand my coming out, she met my fear with even more unconditional love. She has supported me through my faith and my activism, even breaking her thirty year old pledge not to vote just to help ensure my rights. I never felt so proud or so loved as the day she voted for my future.
Being a devout anglophile, my mother would want me to say: that in England, Mother's Day, is known as Mothering Sunday, and started as a time during Lent when children would come back to their "Mother Church," where they grew up. Thanks to the people in my congregation who over a long and hard road pulled us towards love and acceptance, I am still at my Mother Church. Just last Sunday, my mother, with tears in her eyes told me how proud I made her serving as a warden of our church, and working for equality. I work for equality as a person of faith because I know that many GLBT people do not have the blessing of being able to remain in or return to their Mother Church. This needs to change. And POFEV is working to make this change happen in Virginia.