[Editor: This article, about Mother’s Day, by the Reverend E. Tredinnick, was published in The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser (Lockhart, NSW), 8 May 1934.]
(Contributed by Rev. E. Tredinnick)
To dedicate one day in the year to the memory of Mother was a happy thought and surely inspired by God. Of all the days in the Church’s calendar, none is wider in its appeal and influence than “Mother’s Day.” Around this day there gathers a great wealth of feeling and sympathy of kindliness and love that is born of God. On this day, many turn back the pages of life’s book and read again the stories of their home life. The imprint of Mother is traced on every page. There in no other word in the Anglo-Saxon tongue with such power of suggestion, none so packed with Divine meaning as the magic name of Mother.
Mother, home and Jesus are words that touch the heart of the world more deeply than any others.
On Sunday next, we will honour Mother’s Day. We will think once again of her beautiful devotion and sacrificial love; we will gladly acknowledge the debts we owe her; and in many ways try to pay our tribute to her undying love. Do not forget to honour your mother on this day set apart. Wear the white flower for her sake, attend some church service and offer your prayers of thanksgiving to God, the maker and father of all.
Be kind in your thought and action towards all mothers. Send to your own mother the message of your appreciation and love. It will gladden her life and make yours kindlier in outlook. Perchance she may have been called to higher service. Make her influence still live on. Wear the white flower in memory of her; its whiteness will tell you of her purity, its form of her beauty, its fragrance of her love. At all times, but particularly on this day, let our thoughts find expression in thankfulness and prayer.
God bless the motherhood of this country and nation.
The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser (Lockhart, NSW), 8 May 1934, p. 2
Also published in:
The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser (Lockhart, NSW), 7 May 1935, p. 2
The Burrowa News (Burrowa, NSW), 8 May 1936, p. 1 [with some additional text]
The Wellington Times (Wellington, NSW), 11 May 1944, p. 8 [with some additional text]
called to higher service = gone to Heaven, a euphemism for “died”