The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A Mother's Day like no other

One year after the national march for gun control, there are still miles to go

Mother's Day — a day to go to church, relax and spend time with your family. That's what I do most years and what I look forward to this Mother's Day. But last year was different.

Rather than spending the Sunday at home with a few loved ones, I went to Washington, D.C., with a million like-minded strangers. Last Mother's Day I marched with mothers and others in the Million Mom March for gun control laws.

It was a holiday like no other. Instead of putting my feet up, I put my foot down. Instead of saying "No more dessert," I shouted "No more guns!" Instead of getting hugs and kisses from my children and grandchildren, I got a cell-phone call on the National Mall from my husband. "Happy Mother's Day," he said. "I love you."

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