Today is Mother's Day here. It is big in the US, way bigger, although no more significant than in the UK.
Julia Ward Howe wrote this, in 1870, when Mother's Day was proposed:
"From the voice of a 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..."
In churches large and small, from shore to shining shore, I expect this sentiment was the central theme of morning services today.
Happy Mother's Day America.