Many of you may not know just how significant this day is, but it is a whopper. It is significant on a national, international and salvation-historical level. Let me explain.

On the national level. Many of you know that in the United States, today is a day especially set aside to honor our mothers (thanks President Woodrow Wilson). For the history see the wikipedia page.

On the international level. Many of you may not know that today is the Global Day of Prayer (GDOP). This day is an international day of repentance and prayer. It originally started as a renewal in South Africa in 2000 but has become an international event where millions gather across the globe, in 199 of the 220 nations worldwide (according to the GDOP website). 

Finally, on the salvation-historical level. Most of us know that today is Pentecost Sunday. A day where we remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles (Acts 2). 

What a significant day! Today we commemorate our mothers who gave us life and raised us, we are called to pray for our world in hope and preparation of the new creation and life to come, and we commemorate the Spirit’s coming which gave us new life.  This day is truly significant, and should give us pause to reflect and to praise.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.