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SICKNESS brings a share of blessings with it. What stores of human love and sympathy it reveals. What constant affectionate care is ours. What kindly greetings from friends and associates. This very loosening of our hold upon life calls out such wealth of human sympathy that life seems richer than before.
THERE is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquence than ten thousand tongues. They are the messages of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, of unspeakable love.
It is a poor relief for sorrow to fly to the distractions. of the world;. as well might a lost and wearied bird, suspended over the abyss of the tempestuous ocean, seek a resting place on its heaving waves, as the child of trouble seek a place of repose amid the bustling cares and intoxicating pleasures of earth and time.
Sorrowing For The Dead
OUR friends may die and leave our hearts and homes desolate for a time; we cannot prevent it, nor would it be best if we could. Sorrow has its useful lessons. when it is legitimate, and death is the gate that opens out of earth toward the house eternal in the heavens.
Adversity certainly has its uses, and very valuable ones too. It has been truly remarked that many a man, in losing his fortune, has found himself and ruined into salvation. Adversity flattereth no man.
And that is not all, nor the worst; debt is a foe to a man's honesty. Avoid all meanness; but shun as a pestilence the habit of running thoughtlessly into debt. Let your expenses be always short of your income.
A gentleman, who had a very successful trade, built him an extraordinary country seat in Westchester county, which was the wonder of the age. His house was more costly than the palace of the Duke of Buccleuch.
Despair is the death of the soul. If we will sympathize with God's system of salvation, there is no occasion for despondency or a feeling of condemnation, as we discover our defects from time to time; but, on the other hand, of cheerful hopefulness.
Stepping Stones
STEPPING STONES are advantages, auxiliaries, power, etc., and these are attained in no other way than through personal experiences. Our trials of life strengthen us ; discouragements, disappointments, misfortunes, failures, adversities, and calamities, are all stepping stones for us; each successive victory raises us higher in strength and power.
PRAYER is an action of likeness to the Holy Ghost, the spirit of gentleness and dove-like simplicity; an imitation of the holy Jesus, whose spirit is meek, up to the greatness of the biggest example.
There Is A God
Is there no God ? Who, then, unrolled the blue scroll, and threw upon its high frontispiece the legible gleamings of immortality? Who fashioned this green earth, with its perpetual rolling waters, and its wide expanse of islands and of main?
The Bible
THE Bible is not only the revealer of the unknown God to man, but His grand interpreter as the God of nature. In revealing God, it has given us the key that unlocks the profoundest mysteries of creation, the clew by which to thread the labyrinth of the universe, the glass through which to look from nature up to nature's God.
RELIGION is the daughter of heaven, parent of our virtues, and source of all true felicity; she alone gives peace and contentment, divests the heart of anxious cares, bursts on the mind a flood of joy, and sheds unmingled and perpetual sunshine in the pious breast.
If we must wholly perish, what to us are the sweet ties of kindred? What the tender names of parent, child, sister, brother, husband, wife, or friend? The characters of a drama are not more illusive.
Doing Good
THERE are trees, like the butternut, that impoverish the ground upon which they grow, but the olive tree enriches the very soil upon which it feeds. So there are natures as unlike in effect as these.
Well Doing, Woman's Culture
I AM happy, says G. S. Weaver, in knowing that although men differ about woman's intellectual capacities, they agree in ascribing to her the highest order of moral and social qualities. All admit that woman is the morality and religion, the love and sociality, of humanity.
Old Age
Why speak of age in a mournful strain? It is beautiful, honorable, eloquent. Should we sigh at the proximity of death, when life and the world are so full of emptiness? Let the old exult because they are old. If any must weep, let it be the young, at the long succession of cares that are before them.
Death comes equally to us all and makes us all equal when it comes. The ashes of an oak in a chimney are no epitaph of that, to tell me how high or how large that was, it tells me not what flocks it sheltered when it stood, nor what men it hurt when it fell.
The Shy Child
SHE was a trial to her parents, and her own worst enemy. To begin with, the Shy Child was pretty, and it is a calamity to be both shy and pretty. If she had been homely she might have met contemptuous glances, it is true, but these would have been nothing to the Shy Child in comparison with Attention.
The Imaginative Child
Yes, Imaginative Child, we'll keep right on, and be thankful that we can, and we will never let you lose your gift!
The Child with Humor
O Child with Humor, we welcome you to life ! The world sadly needs you. You will save tense situations.
The Contrary Child
On such a quest the chip is bound to fall from the shoulder of the Contrary Child. In consideration of others he forgets protection of his own rights, and thus gains for himself the right of good-fellowship and happiness and love.
The Helpful Child
IT is a pleasant tribute to human nature that the Helpful Child is not rare. We meet him everywhere, with his beaming smile, his eager hands outstretched, his feet willing to run our errands. The sad part is that most of us regard him as more of a nuisance than a blessing.
The Secretive Child
BY the Secretive Child I ant it distinctly understood that I do no mean the Shy Child. There is a world-wide difference. The Shy Child simply has a larger amount than customary of childhood's reserve, and is usually of a delicate nature.
The Intense Child
The Intense Child's mother does not want to crush out of her this intensity, for she realizes its worth. She knows that she will succeed in what she undertakes, and that, rightly guided, she will be a real force in the world.
The Indolent Child
TO begin with, it must be admitted that the Indolent Child is rare, and that he is usually the victim of his diet. The wise mother realizes that when new machinery does not run something is clogging it, and removes the cause.
The Child With A Temper
THE Child with a Temper does not need anybody to diagnose her case, but she sadly needs treatment. We all know the symptoms red face, flashing eyes, frowns and clenched fists. Furthermore, we all know the cause lack of self-control. But of the cure we are not so certain.
The Self-Assertive Child
HE will not seem nearly as bad when he is a man, is what is constantly said of the Self-Assertive Child. This goes to show that assertiveness is abnormal in childhood. Shrinking timidity seems far more fitting in a little newcomer into the world.
The Imitative Child
For the Imitative Child's weakness is, after all, her strength. Rightly guided in discriminating choice, she will become a hero-worshiper, an imitator of noble people, a follower of the Great Example.
The Good-Natured Child
WERE parents to choose the fairy's birth gift for their child, it would probably be good-nature. For the Good-Natured Child is comfortable to live with, and easy to deal with. The parents anticipate, instead of frequent clashes of will, made less frequent only by avoiding the issue, pleasant companionship, because of the Good-Natured Child's tendency to be happy under all circumstances.
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