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before I die is so unexpected, that it is like a miracle wrought in answer to prayer."
“Oh, mother!" replied the sailor, weeping as he spoke, your prayers have been the means of my salvation, and I am thankful your life has been spared till I could tell you of it."
She listened with devout composure to the account of his conversion; and, at last, taking his hand, she pressed it to her dying lips, and said, “ Yes, Thou art a faithful God, and it has pleased Thee to bring back my long-lost child, and adopt him into Thy family. I will say, 'Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.”
THAT SLEEPY CHILD. OME parents have a theory that their children, all of them, must be up and dressed by a certain hour every morning. But they have a great deal of
trouble in putting their theory into practice. The ten-year-old boy, hearty, healthy, and active, as only boys and young colts know how to be, sleeps like a log. In vain is the breakfast-bell rung in loud sonorous peal at the foot of the stairs. In vain is the knocking at his door. Harry will not get up.
His mother complains that nothing but a good shaking wakens the little fellow, and even then, unless she sees him out of bed and in the act of dressing, she does not feel sure of him. The fact that he sleeps as he does is the proof that be needs the sleep. He is growing fast, and nature demands for him the prolonged rest periods that she gives all her growing children. It is almost wicked to waken any child till he wakens himself. Much of the fretfulness and fractiousness, many of the contrary moods, and much of the naughtiness of children proceeds from the mistakes that are made in their physical education. They eat improper food at irregular times. They do not sleep enough, and they are cross and troublesome. In this matter of sleep the mistake is that many children sit up entirely too late at night. Little folks, who ought to be in bed with the birds, sit up as late as their fathers and mothers do, and are then expected to rise nearly as early. In the case of older children, lessons often interfere and defraud the brain and the rest of the body of its rightful repose. There is far too much task-work imposed on most boys and girls in the way of home study. An amount of labour that deprives a boy or girl of all time for play or for rest at home, is in the end a bad investment. Plenty of sleep should be allowed and insisted upon if you want your children to be strong, healthy, and wellbalanced.
A WORD TO THE YOUNG.
O from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge” (Prov. xiv. 7). My young friends, attend particularly to these words. Have no communication with an ungodly world but what is unavoidable. Some you must have, none can deny that; but, as you prize your own souls, as you value your eternal hopes, have no unnecessary intercourse with such as know
not the Lord Jesus Christ. We are always injured or benefited by every society into which we enter, and by every individual with whom we hold communion. It is a natural propensity, ever inherent in man, to be unceasingly desirous of engraving his own image on the heart of every one he associates with, and of delineating his own mind in the mind of his companions. Do not, I entreat you, meddle too much with the world. Act with regard to it as you would do in a shower of rain, when you put on your great coat and button it close, and take your umbrella, and, having protected yourself as well as possible, go through your business with all the speed you can. You never go out into the rain to loiter about for amusement or pleasure (2 Cor. vi. 14–18).
Unnecessary connection with the wicked is forbidden for a moment; how much more then for life! There are many who are now smarting beneath the consequences of being united to one who is irreligious.—Howels.
“I believe that the greatest power in the world, next to the ministry of the word, is, by the power of the Holy Ghost, the holy living of Christian families. Let us plant in this dark world garrisons of holy men and women with their children about them, and this will be a means whereby the world shall be conquered for Christ.”— Spurgeon.
“Infancy is the season of impression: then the feelings are tender, beyond any other time of life; then the memory is most susceptible, and at the same time most tenacious ; then the conscience is not seared, and so soon as Divine truth can be introduced, it knows the voice of God."-President Edwards.
“Mothers, enlightened by the sunshine of true wisdom, and guided and sustained by the Holy Spirit, will effect more for mankind, and produce a greater change in the destinies of the human race, than the whole host of legislators and philosophers which the world has known." -Martin.
" Wholesome laws and good sermons are but slow ways of reforming men; the reformation of the world must begin with children." -Tillotson.
“ The hope of the whole state rests on this stage of life, as that of the harvest on the blade of corn."—Wolsey.
"I think it so bewitching the little face to see,
Bent on some sportive purpose that it will not tell to me.”
"O LOVE THE LITTLE CHILDREN!" LOVE the little children! they are not like to you, But simple, trustful spirits, that the angels whisper to;
They have not learnt the world at all, they have not felt its cares, And not a doubt that God can hear is mingled with their prayers. I think it so bewitching the little face to see, Bent on some sportive purpose that it will not tell to me; And then the sudden changes, the gathering-in of thought, When the little heart repeats to God the prayer it has been taught! O love the little children, for them our Saviour bled ; “Suffer the little children to come to me,” He said, "Of such is God's own kingdom ;" we can fancy how He smiled, When He put His hands upon them, and blessed each little child. We can see those Eastern children beneath their own bright skies, Look up to the kind Saviour with their full, dark-curtained eyes ; And while He speaks those pleasant words, we think we hear the prayer, “Oh may we go to heaven with Thee, and see the children there !” In the Bible, blessed Saviour, we read Thou lov'st them well ; But more than human heart can feel, or human tongue can tell. Teach all the world to love them too, for Thou hast said that we Must be like the little children, if we would come to Thee !
“For I know that, next to preaching, this (teaching), is the best, surest, and most useful vocation, and I am not sure which of the two is the better; for it is hard to reform old sinners, with whom the preacher has to do, while the young tree can be made to bend without breaking.”—Martin Luther.
“ The little or almost insensible impressions on our tender infancies have very important and lasting consequences; and then it is, as it is in the fountains of some rivers, when a gentle application of the hand turns the flexible waters into channels that make them take quite contrary courses, and by this little direction given them at first in the source, they receive different tendencies, and arrive at last at very remote and distant places.”—Locke.
BEGIN EARLY.—"Begin early” is the great maxim for every thing in education. A child six years old can be made useful, and should be taught to consider every day lost in which some little thing has not been done to assist its parents and benefit itself. Children can very early be taught to take all the care of their own clothes. They can knit garters, suspenders, and stockings; they can make patchwork and braid straw, they can make mats for the table, and mats for the floor, and they can weed the garden. In early childhood you lay the foundation of poverty or riches in the habits you give your children. Teach them to save everything, not for their own use, for that would make them selfish—but for some use. Teach them to share everything with their brothers and sisters or playmates, but never allow them to destroy anything.-Mrs. Child.