In the Concordia Theological Monthly of October 1936, P.E. Kretzmann placed sections of an editorial from the magazine America in Miscellanea. While not a Lutheran writing, it is indeed a treasure that every Lutheran would heartily celebrate and by it be uplifted. "She Stayed at Home" is true, sweet, in the best sense of the word, and a heartfelt reminder of the great gift of motherhood our Lord has bestowed upon mankind.
Would we continue to see in today's Lutheran periodicals such sentiments and praise for the work, being faithfully and lovingly carried out, that God has given to womankind.
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She Stayed at Home.
Under this caption, America has an editorial, part of which we reproduce for the sake of its pertinent remarks: -
"In a little burial-ground near Versailles a crumbling stone marks the resting-place of a mother who in life rejoiced in a large family of sons and daughters. Across the face of the stone a careful artisan has carved her name and the date of her birth and of her death. The last line he reserved for her eulogy, brief, but comprehensive: DOMI MANSIT, 'she stayed at home.'
"To stay at home was doubtless her duty, considering the size of her family. But the point is that she stayed. She never made a speech, or wrote a book, or cast a vote, or got up a petition to support some new way of spending the town's money. She was too busy making a home, that unit upon which the good future of Church and State alike depends. In taking care of little bodies, in teaching baby minds to turn to God, and in providing for that child of larger growth, her husband, she was so fully occupied that she had no time for matters of lesser import. She was loyal to God and to her home; like every loyal mother, she was happy, and she brought happiness to all about her.
"If women complained that to manage a household demanded a degree of courage and intelligence not often found, we could understand. But when they profess to be able to care for a household in odd moments snatched from public engagements or aver that home duties are mean and narrow, we simply do not know what they mean. A railroad or a great banking-house or an international steel corporation can be managed by brains, but more than brains are needed to make a home and keep it. It takes a strong will and a keen intelligence and a tender heart, all attuned to one great purpose; that is to say, it takes a woman into whose heart God has put mother love.
"Whosoever has had such a mother, let him get on his knees daily and thank God." -P.E.K.