Tuesday, May 10, 2016

THE MOTHER





THE MOTHER
                                                                                     -E. V. S.
“A perfect woman nobly planned.”

NEVER too tired to hear or heed
The slightest cry of her children's need;
Never impatient in look or word,
By what tender thoughts her heart is stirred.

Through nights of watching and busy days,
Unwearied, she asks no need of praise;
For others spending and being spent,
She finds therein her sweet content.

Though decked in no robes of silken sheen,
In her small domain she walks a queen;
Outshining far the costliest gem.
A spirit meek is her diadem.

Though fortune frown, she is brave of heart,
No selfish thought in her life has part;
Patient and trustful though storms may lower;
A faithful friend in life's darkest hour.


Poem from “A Tribute of Flowers to the Memory of Mother” 1890

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Little Parable for Mothers

A Little Parable for Mothers



The parable was written by Temple Bailey of Westwood, NJ.

The young mother set her foot on the path of Life. "Is the way long?" she asked. And her Guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."
But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed with them in the streams, and the sun shone on them, and life was good, and the young mother cried: "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then night came, and storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle and the children said: "Oh, Mother, we are not afraid for you are near, and no harm can come." And the mother said: "This is better than the brightest of days, for I have taught my children courage."

And the morning came and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary, but at all times she said to the children: "A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top, they said: "We could not have done it without you, Mother." And the mother, when she lay down that night, looked up at the stars and said: "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of difficulty. Yesterday I gave them courage, Today I have given them strength."

And the next day came strange clouds, which darkened the earth — clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: "Look up! Lift your eyes to the light." And the children looked and saw above the clouds an Everlasting Glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the mother said: "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

And the days went on, and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and she was small and bent. But her children were strong and tall and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And the mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."

And the children said: "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."
And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ambition and Greatness

THE THEME CONSIDERED by Rev. Sherman Grant Pitt.
Published in Northwestern Christian Advocate 1907

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                Ambition Needed - What a transformation of the Church and of the world if the young people could be thrilled by a noble ambition! The man who simply exists with no purpose to make his life tell for anything in this world is an incumbrance to the ground. There must be some principle firing the soul with enthusiasm if the life is to be of any benefit in the community.
                A contrast in ideals makes a contrast in ambitions.  The historians hold before the eyes of the children the names that have been conspicuous in the progress of the world- the great generals, the men of political distinction, the great names in literature, the successful financiers. These names are held up for emulation. If we had the ability to read between the lines, and could get behind the shifting historical scenes, we would many times find that the one who bears the name of greatness is only the puppet, executing the movements that the real power in an unseen hand directs him to make. The world's Idea of greatness is position, honors, a great name, popularity, and such things. Success wins the applause of men. But God has a different standard. He does not look so much at the thing as at the heart of the doer of the work.
Some of the greatest heroes that ever lived on the earth will never have their names in books. Inspiration has immortalized a few characters to show how God regards greatness. The broken box of ointment has made the name of Mary fragrant in all the world. The two mites that were cast into the treasury have immortalized that widow. The name of Dorcas is high on the roll of worthies. Some of God's worthies were also the possessors of worldly honors, but not attained in the spirit of the world. As instances note the names of Joseph, and Daniel, and Moses. The world doesn't honor the servant of men while he serves, but when he is dead and gone they enter into the benefits of his service; then they pay him tardy honors. "A saint is one who was cannonaded while he was alive, and canonized after he was dead." When Paul was in prison if you had asked a young man whether his ambition was to be like Paul or like Nero, he would undoubtedly have chosen Nero on the throne instead of Paul awaiting crucifixion. But as we look back we can make a wiser choice. But are not men apt to choose the other way to-day as well as in Paul's time?
                 Service the Key to Greatness. - Take the names from the roll of history, and which are the ones that have real enduring fame? They are not the names of presidents and kings, as such, but the names of those dignitaries who used their position as an opportunity for service. Washington and Lincoln are names that will shine out throughout all time because of their service. What makes the name of Wendell Phillips an honored one in the annals of our country? In it his aristocratic lineage? Is it his great eloquence and intellectual ability? No. It is the fact that, disdaining family and prospects, he took the place of service of downtrodden people. He went to service; he went to persecutions and mobs; he went to fame. Enduring fame rests upon service. The reason the name of Jesus is high above every name is that he rendered the greatest service that was ever rendered to humanity. The character of the ambition makes our characters. A holy ambition tends to make the aspirant holy. "He that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure." A holy ambition will use methods that are in keeping with this purpose. Unholy ambitions are unscrupulous in their means of attainment. Bribery, fraud, trickery of every kind are the resort of the man with an unholy ambition.


POINTERS FOR THOUGHT
1. Pray that we may be stirred with holy ambitions.
2. Right things may be done with the wrong motives.
3. Let office in the League be regarded as an opportunity for service rather than as the conferring of an honor.

A Pet Dog Saved the Family

A PET DOG SAVED THE FAMILY 
Published in Northwestern Christian Advocate 1907

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 A man in Oxford Pa., owns a pet collie who is reported to have saved the lives of the family last week by ringing the dinner bell to awaken them. The dog found the house in flames at midnight, and not being able to awaken the household by barking, grasped the rope to the dinner bell, as he had been taught to do when summoning the hands from the fields, and in an instant aroused the entire neighborhood. The members of the family barely escaped with their lives. The two children were partly overcome by the smoke The children had taught the dog this trick, and are now grateful to him for knowing when to ring it.




Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Birthday!

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May all the years and all your days
Be filled with joys and sunny days.
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A Bright Birthday
Joyful, may this Day Appear
Leading to a Happy Year!
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As You're Looking in the Mirror
When Your Birthday Date is Due,
Hope you see Somebody Happy 
There a-Smilin' Back at You...
Happy Birthday!
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The very Best life holds in Store
Of happiness and love,
May Smiling Fortune on you pour,
In overflowing measure.
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A Happy Birthday
A pathway filled with sunshine
And all that makes life sweet,
Be each succeeding day and year
That time lays at your feet.
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May you be one that is Blessed and Happy
Whose days are Bright and Fair
Whose skies are blue
Whose friends are true
And who finds Joy everywhere.