Our Best Friend
In a log cabin in the mountains lived
a little boy. He often played near the house,
but did not go far away. Near the house were many
trees and rocks and among these wild animals stayed.
One day the boy missed his mama and
thought he would try to find her. He went down
the path toward the spring, where he had often gone
after water. He went on and on. Finally
he wished to return, but did not know the way.
Poor boy, he was lost.
He started toward what he thought was home, and walked
Becoming very tired, he sat down to rest and soon
His mama missed her boy and hunted
everywhere for him. Night came on, but she did
not give up her search. She hunted and called,
but no answer came. She feared the wild beasts
would get him, but prayed to God to protect her child.
She hunted all night and in the morning found him
safe and still asleep.
The best friend we have on earth is
a good mother. She thinks of her children at
all times. She loves them and lives for them.
She seems to know all about our little cares and trials.
When we are willing to help her, it shows that we
think of her and love her, too.
Have you ever thought how she toils
and cares for you? She works for you every day gets
your meals, breakfast, dinner, and supper; washes
and mends your clothes and stockings; and at night
makes your pillow nice and soft for you so you can
She seems to know just what to do
if we happen to get hurt.
Mother is watching after her little
ones all the day long, and when she puts her hand
upon our heads at night as we bow at her knee in prayer,
she seems to say, “God bless and keep my darling
child.” When she tucks the covers tight
about us and sits by our bedside, we think that Mama
is the best friend we have. Don’t we?
Now I will tell you of another friend.
This friend lives in heaven. His name is God.
We can not see God, but he looks down from heaven and
sees us. He sees everything we do, and hears everything
we say. He knows all things.
It was God who made this earth where
we live, and everything that has life. We pray
to God, and he hears us and answers our prayers.
Now I lay me down to sleep;
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul
Thy love be with me through
And bless me with the morning
The Good Book
The Bible is a good book. In
it we read about God, and about his making the earth,
sun, moon, stars, trees, flowers, rocks, water, birds,
fishes, animals, and man.
We read of Adam and Eve, the first
man and woman; of their beautiful home, the Garden
of Eden; and also of their children and their children’s
In it there are many, many stories
about how God helped people in times of trial.
We also read about Jesus, the Son
of God, who came down from heaven and died for us,
that we might have eternal life.
Good men wrote the Bible long, long
ago, and the contents have been kept, until now we
all have Bibles. The Bible is called Holy Bible
because it is God’s Word, and is a record of
God’s work and God’s words.
If we live now as the Bible teaches,
after we die we shall receive a crown of life in heaven.
What God Made
Our God is a very great God.
He made all things. He made this earth where
we now live.
It seems strange that there was a
time, many, many years ago, when this earth was nowhere
to be found; but that is so.
When men make things, they must have
tools to work with. They have to make things
little by little, working at them a long time before
they are done.
It was not so with God when he made
this earth. “He spake, and it was done.”
At first all was dark. He then said, “Let
there be light,” and it was light. He called
the light day, and the darkness he called night.
This, the Good Book says, took place on the first day.
On the second day God made the air
we breathe, and in which the birds fly.
On the third day he made the land,
sea, and rivers, and the grass, flowers, and trees.
On the fourth day he made the sun,
moon, and stars, to give light to the earth by day
On the fifth day he made the fish
that swim in the water and the birds that fly in the
On the sixth day he made all the animals,
and at last he made man. He gave them for food
the grain of the fields, the fruits of the trees,
and the vegetables of the garden.
On the seventh day God rested “from
all the work which he had made.” “And
God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good.”
In the Garden of Eden
When the Garden of Eden was planted
with all the beautiful flowers and trees, God gave
it to Adam for a home. He told him to take good
care of it. Adam was glad to work in the garden
and use it as he chose; but he had no one to enjoy
the things that he enjoyed, no one to help him to
be just what God wished him to be, no one to love.
God said, “It is not good that
the man should be alone: I will make him an help
meet for him.” So he made a woman and Adam
called her Eve.
Eve was very much like Adam in some
ways, yet unlike him in other ways. Man has some
gifts that woman does not have; one is helpful to
Adam’s heart must have been
glad to see the woman whom God had made for him.
He now had some one to enjoy the home with him.
Adam and Eve were happy in Eden as long as they loved
God more than they loved to have their own way.
He knew better than they did what was good for them
and what would make them happy, and they were glad
to obey him.
But by and by their own way seemed
better than God’s way, and they did things that
God had said they should not do. When we do things
that God says we should not do, we sin. So Adam
and Eve sinned, and were ashamed to see God, and when
he came into the garden, they hid among the trees.
Our Heavenly Home
God loves men too well to leave them
in sin and sorrow. And though we have sinned,
he will forgive us if we are sorry for our sins and
ask his pardon. He will give us good thoughts,
and help us to love him and to love one another.
We shall all die, but we shall live
again; and if we serve God in this life and are Christians,
we shall live with him in heaven. There we shall
never sin and never die. We shall never be sick
or sad; we shall be happy forever. There we shall
see God. Jesus will be there, and so will all
the good people who have ever lived.
God saw that the people he had made
were doing wrong, and he had pity on the whole world
of sinners. So he sent his only Son to this earth
as the Savior of the world. You will find somewhere
in this book how God’s Son came to this world.
The Day and Night
God made the sun to give light by
day. The sun not only gives us light, but also
makes the earth warm and causes everything to grow.
Sometimes when the sun rises in the
morning, it looks very close, but it is really far
away away off in the sky. When the
sun goes down in the evening, darkness comes all around
us. This is called night.
We do not want all daytime, in which
to work and play; neither do we want all nighttime,
in which to sleep; but we enjoy both the day and the
night as God made them.
Also, we see the moon and the stars.
When the moon is full and round, how large and pretty
it looks! God made the moon and stars to shine
at night. Have you ever noticed the stars twinkle
at night? How pretty they are! There are
so many of them that we could never count them all.
At one time some shepherds saw a beautiful large star;
it was a sign that the Savior of the world was born.
The Rain and the Snow
Patter, little drops of rain,
Patter on the window-pane.
How I love to watch them pass
In their races down the glass!
Soon the shower will be o’er,
Then the sun will shine once
But I love to hear the rain
Beat against the window-pane.
Soft and gentle April showers
Will bring May-time’s
I think it is pleasant to sit by the
window and watch the rain as it falls, sometimes in
tiny drops and sometimes in large ones.
The warm showers make the grass, trees,
and flowers grow. After the shower is over, the
grass looks fresh and green.
The birds also seem to be glad for
the rain. They chirp among the trees when the
shower is over.
We see the pretty clouds in the sky.
The wind moves them about. Sometimes a storm
comes, and then we see the lightning and hear the
When winter-time comes, it gets cold,
and the ground is all covered with pure-white crystals
of snow. Everything looks so clean and pretty
with its white coat on. We see the little snowbirds
flying around, and they are so happy picking up seeds
Then we love to get on our mittens
and warm coats, and go out in the snow, too.
People hitch horses to sleighs and enjoy rides.
They put bells on the horses, and these jingle merrily
when the horses go fast.
In the far north it gets very cold,
and when the people go anywhere, they hitch dogs to
In the Bible we read that the Lord
will make our hearts white as snow if we confess our
sins and take him for our Savior.
Beautiful snow, so soft and
Sparkling like gems in the
Robing the earth and decking
Sent by the Lord, the children
Pretty little snowflakes
Falling to the
Here is one, there is one,
See them fall so gently
Through the frosty
Every little snowflake
Has its beauties
Soon the ground is covered,
With the pretty
Then we see the snowbirds
Flying to and
Do you think the snowbirds
Like the wintry
Do you think they’re
As they chirp
Happy little creatures
Do not reap or
Yet the Master feeds them,
Even in the snow.
Jesus made the birdies
Blessings to enjoy;
Then, oh, do not harm them,
Little girl or
In the pleasant evenings,
Then the rabbits
Through the woods and bushes,
Playing in the
All the night they ramble,
But at break of
They must hunt a refuge,
There to hide
So these little creatures
Love the fallen
Should not we enjoy it,
Should we ever murmur,
Should we e’er
When God sendeth blessings,
As the snow and
No; we ought to thank him,
Yes, for everything;
And we ought his praises
Daily to him sing.
He is love and kindness
To us all below;
On the just and unjust,
Sendeth rain and
Let us e’er be thankful
For his love to
He’s so kind and faithful,
Let us ask the Savior,
As we kneel to
“Help us to be thankful,
More and more
“Thankful in the morning,
Thankful for the rain-drops,
Thankful for the
Birds are singing, clear and
Flowers are springing neath
Spring at last has come to
How we welcome lovely May!
Oh, how glad we are to say,
Winter days were cold and
But we waited for thy song
Songs of birds and humming
And the fresh and lovely breeze.
Oh, how glad we are today,
You may have helped your papa or mama
plant seeds in the garden or in the flowerbed.
The warm sun and the rain make them grow rapidly.
We do not plant weed-seeds, but in
some way they get into the ground, and come up along
with the garden-plants. If the weeds are not cut
out, they will crowd out the good plants.
When we do little acts of kindness,
it is like planting good seed. When we are not
kind, and say bad words, it is like letting the weeds
crowd out the good plants.
If you are good and kind to papa and
mama, brother or sister, today, you will find it easy
to be kind to them tomorrow. It makes you happy
to be good to those around you.
If you are cross and say bad words,
you may want to say them again. You can not feel
happy when you have said and done bad things.
God can help you sow good seed.
He will help you to be good. He will help you
to love all around you.
Flowers of Springtime
How pretty and sweet are the apple,
peach, pear, plum, cherry, and orange blossoms!
How good God was to make all these things for us to
see and smell! We can enjoy the blossoms.
Also, we can see the little apples or other fruit
grow until they become large, juicy, ripe fruit.
Then we can eat them, and oh, how good they will taste!
God is very good to us.
Not a leaf nor a blade of grass could
grow if God’s hand did not care for it.
He causes the warm sun to shine and the gentle rains
to fall so that everything can grow. Things could
not grow without the warm sun and the rain.
God has caused the wild flowers to
grow along the road-side and in the woods and meadows
so we can enjoy them. How glad we should be that
we have such a good God to worship! When we kneel
to pray, we can say, “O Lord, I thank thee for
all the pretty things I see each day.” The
pretty things are some of the blessings that he daily
A Walk in the Woods
Have you ever taken a walk through
the woods by the brook on a warm day? How cool
and pleasant the water looked as it ran along over
the rocks! Did it not make a pleasing sound?
It is delightful to go through the
woods where you can see the beautiful trees.
You can nearly always find some flowers growing along
the edge of the brook. Besides, the little birds
fly among the trees and sing so sweetly. Almost
any child would enjoy a walk through the woods.
But there are many children in large cities who never
have the pleasure of going to the woods.
How pleasant it is to sit down in
a cool, shady place, and think of the lovely things
that God has given us to enjoy. As we look around
us, we can see so many blessings that God has given
Even the little birds and flowers
seem to be telling us that Jesus loves us. God
has made many beautiful things for us to enjoy.
It makes us happy to see the beautiful flowers, and
to hear the little birds sing so sweetly.
Our Feathered Friends
When all the trees and bushes and
grass are green in the spring, we see the little birds
and hear their sweet songs.
How happy they seem as they fly about
from tree to tree, and scratch in the ground to find
little seeds and insects to eat!
Sometimes we find a bird’s nest
in the bushes or on the ground. God teaches the
little birds how to build their nests with small sticks,
leaves, and feathers.
This is the bird’s house.
We sometimes see tiny eggs in the nest. The little
eggs hatch, and then there are little birdies in the
nest in place of the eggs. The mother bird hunts
worms and bugs to feed the little ones.
Did you ever see a nest of young birds?
How they open their little mouths when you come near!
They think you have something for them to eat.
Once a little boy found a meadow-lark’s
nest with young birds in it. As they opened their
little mouths, he thought he could feed them better
than the mother bird. He decided to raise them
for pets, and so carried them home. He fed them
bread; but as the little birds were not used to that
kind of food, they did not thrive on it; and when one
day the boy forgot to feed them, they died. How
sad he felt! And how sad the mother bird must
have felt when she could not find her babies!
God made the birds to enjoy the woods
and fields. We must not destroy their nests,
for that would be wrong.
The Bible says, “Behold the
fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them.”
A Bird of the Night
Did you ever see an owl? Owls
fly around at night, as they can see better after
dark than in the daytime. They stay in some dark
and quiet spot all day, unless disturbed, but at night
they hunt around for something to eat. They eat
some kinds of birds, rats, mice, fish, reptiles, and
The nest of the owl is made of sticks
and twigs, and is oftentimes built in rocks or ruins
or old houses.
Some owls are as white as snow, and
their feathers are as soft as cotton. Some are
brown, and others are gray.
Sometimes in the night we hear their
noise, which sounds much as if they were saying, “Who?
The owl can not turn his eyes about
as we can; so when he wants to look around, he must
turn his head.
In the cold countries where snow stays
upon the ground most of the time, there are owls with
pure-white feathers. They are very large, too;
yet they can hardly be seen, since they look so much
like the snow.
Our Tame Birds
Chickens and ducks and geese are birds,
too. But they are tame and stay where people
do. They do not fly like the little birds, but
they stay around the barnyard and lay eggs for us
Ducks and geese love to swim in the
water. Both the big and the little ones can swim,
but chickens can not.
The old mother hen sometimes has many
little chicks running around her. They stay pretty
close, because they are afraid that something might
Chicks are sometimes caught by hawks,
which fly around watching for them. In the picture
we see a dog driving a hawk away from the old hen
and chickens. Don’t you think he is a good
A farmer had a dog whose name was
Ring. Even though he was asleep, if a chicken
gave the note of alarm, he would jump up and bark at
once. Then he would run after the hawk and drive
When lying quiet it was amusing to
see how quickly he would jump up and bark when any
one would say, “Hawk!”
Wee Pretty Kitty
“Wee pretty kitty,
With nothing to
Only to take
Little naps in
You look very nice
While lying in
With never a thought
Of sorrow or care.
Yet I am so glad
That I am not
For I can love Jesus,
Which you can
Creatures of the Water
Fishes are queer creatures that live
in water. Men catch them with hooks and lines
or nets and use them for food.
Some fish are very large. We
read in the Bible of a man named Jonah. He was
trying to run away from the Lord, who had called him
to a work. While on a ship, during a storm he
was thrown into the water. But he did not drown,
for a great fish swallowed him, and carried him ashore.
He then knew that God meant what he said, and so did
as God had commanded.
There are hundreds of different kinds
of fishes, and many, many men earn their living by
catching and selling them for food.
Some of Christ’s disciples were
fishermen when he called them. He told them that
he would make them fishers of men. This meant
that he would prepare them to help other people to
Our Tame Animals
There are some kinds of animals that
are tame, as the sheep, hog, cow, horse, dog, and
The horse is a faithful beast and
does much work for man. He draws the heavy loads
on the road and works in the fields. We hitch
him to a wagon or a carriage and enjoy a ride, or
we can put a saddle upon his back and ride there also.
The cow gives us milk for our food,
and from the milk we get cream, butter, and cheese.
The flesh of the hog is valuable for food.
The dogs are useful to guard our homes, and cats catch
mice and rats.
Both dogs and cats make good pets.
Sheep have long wool all over their
bodies, and men cut it off and use it to make clothes
to keep us warm.
Young sheep are called lambs.
They like to run and play very much. In the picture
we see a lamb that has fallen into the water.
The mother sheep stands close by and watches the man
trying to pull the lamb out.
I suppose the man had missed these
two from the flock. He was in search of the lost
ones, and seeing the mother standing near the water,
he came and found the lamb nearly drowned. The
mother would not leave her babe, but waited a long
time until help came.
Lambs are innocent-looking animals,
and do not make a noise when hurt. Jesus said
that children are his lambs.
Foxes are wild animals. They
live in the woods and swamps, in places where not
many people live.
They are very cunning and sly, and
catch young chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese whenever
Night is the time when they slip around
and catch these barnyard fowls. They carry the
fowls off to their holes in the ground, and eat them
Little foxes are very destructive,
and often spoil grape-vines. In the Bible we
read that it is the little foxes that spoil the vines.
This also means that our little unkind
words and actions spoil the peace in our lives and
make us feel bad.
Let us be careful that our words and
deeds do not make ourselves or others unhappy.
If we live to please God, we shall please God’s
people, and we shall not have to feel sorry on account
of some bad words said or deeds done.
When the frosts have colored the leaves
of the trees of the woods with many hues, and the
nuts have ripened and fallen to the ground, it is
then that the squirrels gather a good supply of the
different kinds of nuts and acorns into their little
homes in the hollow trees, to be eaten during the
many long days of winter.
Have you ever seen a squirrel?
They love to play in the woods, and run among the
branches of the trees, and jump from one limb to another.
God made the squirrels to enjoy the
woods, and he has provided the nuts for them to eat.
A shepherd is a man who takes care
of sheep. During the day he watches them while
they are eating grass, and in the evening he takes
them to their fold or barn.
Now, we read in the Bible that an
angel of the Lord appeared to some shepherds in the
night. The shepherds were very much afraid, but
the angel said to them:
“Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall
be to all people. For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the
Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall
find the babe wrapped in swaddling-clothes, lying
in a manger.”
“And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on
earth peace, good will toward men.”
The babe’s name was Jesus, who
came as a Savior to all the world.
Jesus As a Child
God, who is in heaven, was full of
pity for the unhappy people of earth. He loved
them so much that he sent his Son to the earth in the
form of a child, a baby in his mother’s arms.
He came to earth to show us how to obey God how
to live so as to do good in this life and be happy
both in this life and in the life to come.
He came as a child, so as to show
children how to live. He came like other children,
and grew up as other children do, only better and
When God sent his Son to the earth,
he gave him into the care of two good people who lived
in a small town called Nazareth.
When Jesus came to them, they were
in Bethlehem. They had gone there on a journey.
There was no room for them in the inn; so they had
to stay in a place made for cattle. God was not
ashamed to place his Son in the care of poor people.
He was not ashamed to have him born in a stable and
cradled in a manger.
A bright star appeared over the place
where the young child lay, and by this sign the wise
men that came from the east seeking him were enabled
to find him.
The Good Shepherd
Jesus once lived on this very same
earth on which we live. He walked through grain-fields.
He climbed mountains. He noticed the birds and
flowers, and watched the fishermen and farmers and
shepherds. He used the things he saw to teach
lessons to his disciples and others who came to hear
In the land of Palestine, where he
lived, sheep-raising was very common. He said
at one time: “I am the good Shepherd, and
know my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and they
He was trying to show the people that
he was just as anxious to help people live right and
to keep them from danger as the kind shepherds who
watched over their flocks upon the hills of Palestine
were anxious to keep their sheep from harm at all
At another time Jesus spoke of the
lambs and compared them to children.
Jesus went into meeting-houses and
taught the people. Many times he brought joy
to the hearts of fathers and mothers by healing their
sick children. He did good wherever he went.
He was always trying to help those in trouble.
He was the best and greatest man who has ever lived.
Reading and studying about him will
help us to stand for the right and to do good, kind
We are his sheep if we are Christians,
and the way we follow Jesus now is by reading the
Bible and living a Christian life.
Jesus gave his life for his sheep
while he was here on earth. Now he is up in heaven,
but he loves the people who follow him, and is still
our Good Shepherd.
Parable of the Sower
Jesus taught many spiritual lessons
by parables, that is, by stories about the common
things people could understand.
One day as he sat by the sea of Galilee,
he told the people the parable of the Sower.
The sower cast some seed by the wayside, that is,
along the edge of the field or road-side. Some
seed fell upon stony ground, some among thorns, and
some on good ground.
The people did not know what he meant
till he explained the lesson to them.
The great sower is Jesus, but all
Christians are sowers under him. The seed is
the Word of God. People’s hearts are the
four kinds of soil.
Parable of the Leaven
Among the stories that Jesus told
was the parable of the leaven.
A woman put leaven in the flour as
a baker puts yeast in his bread dough. The leaven
kept working until it affected all the dough and made
it rise and become light.
As the yeast or leaven goes through
all the dough, so the gospel of Jesus will go to all
the nations in the world.
Each one who believes on Jesus enters
the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is righteousness,
peace, and joy, which we get when we become Christians.
Laborers in the Vineyard
Jesus told another parable, a story
of the laborers in the vineyard. You can turn
in your Testament to Matthew 20:1-16, and read about
the man who hired laborers to work in his vineyard.
He had agreed to pay the laborers
a penny a day. The men who worked all day thought
they should receive more than those hired later in
the day, but the master paid them all alike.
Just so those of us who have been Christians only
a short time will receive the same heavenly reward
as those who have lived a Christian life for years.
Salvation is just the same to all it takes
sin out of our hearts and fills them with the love
We must not put off getting saved;
for Jesus said, “Watch, for ye know not the
hour when your Lord doth come.” This means
that we are liable to die without a warning, and we
should always be ready.
The Wicked Husbandmen
Another parable is about a man who
had a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen.
When the time for gathering grapes came, he sent his
servants to the husbandmen that they might receive
the fruit. But the husbandmen took his servants
and beat one and killed another. He sent other
servants, and they were treated in the same way.
Last of all he sent his son, thinking
they would honor him, but they caught him and killed
Jesus spoke this parable to the wicked
people about himself at that time. Christ himself
had been sent to the Jews, who had been the people
of God for ages past, but who had wandered into sin.
From time to time God had sent good prophets to warn
the Jews, but often the prophets were persecuted.
At last God sent Jesus, his only Son,
and him they killed.
The Wheat and the Tares
Christ told another parable.
It was of a man who sowed good seed in his field;
but while the servants slept, an enemy came and sowed
tares, or weeds, and then went away so that the
servants knew nothing of it.
When the wheat grew, the tares
also grew. When the servants noticed the tares,
they asked the owner what it meant, as they sowed only
good seed. He answered that an enemy had sown
the tares. But he said that they should
let both grow till the harvest, and that then the tares
would be gathered and burned, but the wheat gathered
into the barn.
Jesus explained this: The field,
he said, means the world; the owner means Jesus himself;
the wheat means the persons who become Christians;
the tares are sowed by Satan; and the weeds are
The wicked men and Christians are
together here in this world, but at the judgment-day
the righteous will go to heaven and the wicked will
The King’s Marriage-Feast
Another parable was of a king’s marriage-feast.
The king invited certain ones to the
feast, but they would not come; so he made an open
invitation and sent his servants into the highways
to invite as many as they could find, and these people
God sent Jesus to the world, and he
invited the Jews to accept the kingdom of God, but
they would not. Though some Jews accepted Jesus,
yet as a nation they did not, and God was displeased
with them for it. When the Jews would not accept
Jesus, God extended the invitation to the Gentiles,
or all other people.
God now has the feast prepared.
He invites people to come to Jesus and have their
hearts made pure and enjoy the rich blessings of the
kingdom righteousness, joy, and peace.
He extends the invitation to all.
If we will not give heed to his invitation
to accept Jesus, we shall be left out of the kingdom,
and others will take our place.
A Lesson on Forgiveness
The man kneeling in the picture owed
the king hundreds and hundreds of dollars. He
had no money to pay the king. The king said that
this man and his wife and children must be sold and
the money used to pay the debt. The man begged
the king to wait a while, promising that by and by
he would give him the money. The king then felt
sorry for the poor man and said the man would not
need to pay him any money. The man arose and
Soon he met a friend who owed him
a little money. He spoke harshly to the friend
and told him to pay the money. The friend did
not have any money. He kneeled down before the
man and said, “Wait a while, and by and by I
will give you the money.” But the man seemed
to have forgotten that the king had been kind to him.
He had the friend put in jail. When the king
heard about this, he did not like it, and he punished
the hard-hearted man.
We are like the man in the picture.
We ask God to be good to us and forgive us when we
do wrong. Then, maybe, we are not good to our
little friends when they do wrong to us. If they
do a bad thing to us, we want to pay them back.
We should not do this way. Jesus said that if
we would not forgive others, God would not forgive
us. To forgive our friends means to be just as
good to them when they do wrong to us as when they
do good to us.
Jesus Loves the Children
At one time when Jesus was teaching
the people, some women brought their children to him
for a blessing. The disciples thought the women
should not do this, and thought Jesus did not wish
to be bothered with the children.
Jesus said, “Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such
is the kingdom of heaven.” He loved them
and held them upon his lap and blessed them.
At another time he said that unless
people become converted and become as little children,
they can not enter the kingdom of heaven. This
means that it is necessary for them to have their sins
forgiven and to be pure and innocent and free from
sin in order to be in God’s church in this world
and to go to heaven after they die.
Jesus Heals the Sick
Jesus spent his whole life doing good.
He always helped those who were in trouble. He
seemed to know of the sick and suffering of the land
and was always anxious to heal them.
At one time he went into the meeting-place
of the Jews and saw a man there who had a hand so
withered that he could not open it or stretch it out.
Now, there was a Jewish law that said no work should
be done on the Sabbath. The wicked people watched
Jesus to see if he would heal this man on the Sabbath-day.
Jesus knew their thoughts, and so
he asked the people, “If any of you had a sheep
which should fall into a pit on the Sabbath, would
you not help it out?” Then he said that if it
was right to help a sheep, it was much more so to
be good to man.
After that he said to the man, “Stretch
out your hand,” and he stretched it out.
Jesus Nearing Jerusalem
One day Jesus and his disciples were
on their way to a great city. This city was Jerusalem.
Jesus told them that there many cruel things would
be done to him and that he would be killed.
The disciples did not think this would
happen to Jesus. They thought he would be a great
king and sit on a throne. Two of these men were
James and John. They came with their mother and
bowed before Jesus as you see in the picture.
James and John wanted to be great. They asked
Jesus to let one of them sit on the right side and
the other on the left of his throne. Jesus told
them that the way to be great was to do good, kind
Jesus was the greatest person who
has ever lived, and he spent all his life doing good
to those who were in need of help.
As Jesus and his men went toward the
city, many people went with him. Two blind men
were sitting by the road. They heard the crowd
coming. When they knew that Jesus was coming,
they asked him to open their eyes. Jesus was
always ready to help those who were in trouble.
He opened the eyes of the two blind men so they could
Many little boys and girls kneel down
at mama’s knee or by the bed in the evening
and pray to God. Often Jesus went up on a high
hill to pray. In the picture Jesus is on a hill-top.
He went there to pray. He took three of his disciples
with him. They were Peter, James, and John.
See the two men by the side of Jesus,
and see how bright Jesus looks. The two men came
from heaven to talk with Jesus. Peter, James,
and John had never seen Jesus look so beautiful before.
The Bible says that his face shone like the sun and
that his clothes looked bright like snow when the
sun shines upon it.
The three disciples heard God’s
voice. The voice said, “This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
When they heard it, they fell on their faces, for
they were afraid.
Soon the two men went away, and Jesus
looked as he did before. He touched his disciples
and told them not to be afraid.
Then they went down the hill.
They found many people. They saw a poor boy who
was sick, and Jesus made him well.
Feeding the Multitude
When Jesus was here on earth, he preached
to the people, and many listened to his words.
He went from place to place talking of God, healing
the sick and lame, and doing much good everywhere he
At one time when he had been preaching
to about five thousand people for a long time, they
all became hungry. There was no food for the
people to eat, except five small loaves of bread and
two small fishes.
But Jesus blessed the bread and broke it and gave
it to the people.
They all had all they wanted, and there was a good
Jesus was the Son of God, and anything
he said would be done. So it was with the bread.
He multiplied it, so that the people were all satisfied.
In the Bible we read: “Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
This means that he has just as much power today and
can do as much for us as he did when he was here upon
The Death of Jesus
Many were the good deeds done by Jesus
while he was here on earth, and many people believed
on him and followed him.
Some very wicked men did not like
Jesus and abused him whenever they could. Just
before they killed him, they put a crown of thorns
on his head, and the sharp points pierced his brow
and were very painful.
He was nailed to a large cross, and
was left there until he died. Some good men buried
him in a stone tomb, but in three days he arose and
afterwards he went up to heaven.
He died for our sins, so that we can
be saved from our sins in this life and go to live
with him when we die.
Jesus Our Savior
Our Savior is Jesus. He died
to save us from our sins in this world, and to save
us from eternal death when we die.
Suppose that a girl should be out
on the water in a boat and should fall out of it into
the water, and some men close by with a large boat
would get to her right away; they would save her life,
would they not? Yes.
Just so Jesus came to save us.
We were lost because we all have sinned and disobeyed
God, but we can be saved from our sins if we ask Jesus
to forgive us. He will forgive our sins and will
not hold them against us any more.
When our sins are forgiven, we are
Christians, and Jesus will help us to live right from
that time on.
We shall not have a desire to do the
bad things which so many boys and girls do, but we
shall want to live right and be good.
He can keep us from sin every day
and hour if we trust him. So Jesus is our Savior.
Moments of Prayer
How good it is that all can pray!
The Lord is always waiting to hear and answer our
prayers. When we pray, we talk with God; we must
listen closely when he talks to us and do whatever
When we get ready for bed in the evening,
we should not forget to pray. We should remember
that the Lord has been good to us all the day long.
He has kept us from all harm, and given us food and
clothes. We should also thank him for a home
and parents and friends. Even the air we breathe
comes from him.
Then in the morning we should again
kneel down, and thank God for his care through the
night. The Lord loves to hear children pray.
After we pray, we should try hard
to be good. The Lord will surely help us if we
ask him. Then, do not forget to pray.
Father dear, I humbly bow
By my little bedside now.
Thou hast kept me through
Till the morning, clear and
Thou hast given rest and sleep;
Thou dost e’er a vigil
Through the silent hours of
While the stars and moon are
Blessed Father, through the
Thou hast kept me from all
And thy loving hand is near,
Guarding me from harm and
Help me now, I ask of thee,
That my daily walk may be
Like a little Christian true,
In my words, and actions too;
Keep me from all harm again
As thou didst last night.
Father dear, I humbly bow
At thy feet and ask thee now:
Keep me through this dreary
Wake me with the morning’s
Let no danger hover near,
Let no sorrow, sigh, or fear
Break my slumber; but on thee
Let my thoughts and dreamings
Father bless, and may I prove
That I’ve tasted of
Keep my tongue and let me
Of thy goodness. Help
As a Christian every day;
Keep me ever true, I pray.
Let no harm or sickness come
Near our happy little home.
In thy hands my all I lay;
May I never from thee stray.
Keep me, Lord, I ask again.
Praise the blessed Lord!
O Lord, I bow
My little head
To thank thee for
My daily bread.
I pray thee bless
This daily food;
I pray thee bless
It to my good.
Oh, may my soul
This day be giv’n
The Bread of Life,
Sent down from
Oh, keep me now
This day from
From harm and sickness
Visit the Sick
Do you not know some one who is sick?
Some little boy or girl may be in bed with a fever,
and would be so glad to see you come into the room
with a bunch of flowers or some other little gift.
How happy the sick one would be!
Are you not glad to see your friends
when you are sick? It makes you forget some of
your pain for a time, does it not?
When we give a bunch of flowers to
a friend, a teacher, or some one who is sick, it is
the same as saving, “I love you.”
Can you not get a good book and show
the sick ones some pictures, or read to them?
You can read about Jesus, who had pity on all the sick
and healed them.
Jesus was very kind, and was glad
to take away the aches and pains when the people came
He had great power to heal all kinds
of sickness, and in several places in the Bible we
read that “he healed all the sick” that
came to him.
He can heal us now if we trust him and ask for his
Jesus can do all things.
He can do many things for us if we
live true to him, and ask him for the things that
we need as we would ask mama for a piece of bread or
cake. Jesus never fails to supply our needs if
we are his true children and live for him. Let
us have faith in God.
Do a Kindness
“Do a kindness, do it
Angels will the story tell.
“Do a kindness, tell
Angels’ hands will mark
“Do a kindness, though
Angel voices sing it all.
“Do a kindness, never
What you lose the angels find.
“Do a kindness, do it
Angels know it all, somehow.
“Do a kindness any time;
Angels weave it into rhyme.
“Do a kindness, it will
Angels will rejoice that day.
“Kindly deeds and thoughts
Bless the world like songs
The Blind Girl
Blind persons can not see anything.
They can not tell what any person looks like.
They can not see the sun, moon, trees, birds, flowers,
or any of the pretty things that we see.
They can not read as we do, but they
read by feeling with the ends of their fingers.
There are books with raised letters or dots on the
pages for the blind, and by feeling the shape of them
they can read.
See the poor blind girl reading the
book. Poor girl! she can hear the birds sing,
and can smell the pretty flowers, but she can not see
how lovely they are.
When Jesus was here on earth, he healed
the blind who came to him. He is still just as
able to heal the blind eyes so people can see as he
was while here on earth. But it takes faith in
God, who is all-powerful.
The Little Cripple
I am sitting by my window
In my lonely little
Every little boy seems happy,
While my life
is filled with gloom.
Yonder see the children running,
Hear them laugh
in childish play;
Like the butterflies and birdies,
Playing all the
Once I ran as other children;
but a cripple-boy.
As I watch them through my
How their games
they do enjoy!
How I’d love to hear
Coming to my open
It would make me feel as cheerful
As in happy days
Yet I’m thankful for
Who so gently
smooths my brow,
Tells me pleasant little stories
Of her childhood
days, and how
She once wandered in the meadow,
With the cattle
and the sheep,
Picking buttercups and daisies
Till the stars
began to peep.
Then she tells me of the Savior,
How upon this
earth he trod,
How he came to us from heaven
the Son of God.
Now his home is up in glory
With the happy
But he comes and blesses children
And protects them
by his hand.
Then she kneels down by my
As the twilight
And we ask the Lord to kindly
Guide and keep
us one and all;
Then he makes us very happy,
Gives us blessings
rich and true,
And I know with all the children,
Jesus loves the
Children love to play on the bridge
over the creek, or sit down in the tall grass on the
banks and pick wild flowers.
Sometimes the dog swims in the water
after a stick and brings it ashore. Dogs can
swim in the water; but if the children should get
into deep water, they could not get out, and would
drown if some one did not come to help them out.
There are many, many children living
in the cities who do not have the chance to play in
the green grass or pick wild flowers like the children
who live in the country. How much they would enjoy
God made the water and land, the grass
and flowers, and intended that the children and all
people should enjoy them.
Jesus once said, “Consider the
lilies, how they grow; they toil not, they spin not;
... if then God so clothe the grass which is today
in the field, ... how much more will he clothe you,
O ye of little faith?”
God takes care of the flowers, the
grass, and the trees, and he can care for us.
The Country Boy
I love to see the country
With body large
He sings while he is doing
And whistles all
He drives the cows down to
And feeds the
He carries wood for mama dear,
Who has so much
He goes to school and studies
His lessons day
He’s always ready at
To romp and jump
God bless the boys! the country
They soon will
be our men.
We know not then what they
With deed or thought
But other boys as well as
Can study, learn,
Can live a grand and noble
To right and God
God Sees All Things
One time a little boy was sent by
his papa to plant some beans. He worked a while,
then he sat down to play. While he was playing,
he spilled part of his beans. At once he began
to pick them up.
There were so many beans that he became
tired. Then he thought he could cover them up
with dirt. He thought no one would ever know he
had spilled them. At last he got the rest of the
beans planted and went home.
He often thought of the beans he had
spilled. But he did not tell his papa. Some
time after this his papa went to the patch. He
wanted to see how the beans were growing. He
found that all of them had come up even
those that the boy had spilled and had not picked up.
The boy did not need to tell his papa then what he
had done. For his papa knew it all.
So it is with some bad things you
may have done. You may think that no one will
ever know of them. But the secret will come out
some time. Even if no person should ever find
it out, God sees all you do. You can not hide
anything from him.
Be Kind to the Aged
One fine spring day six children went
to the woods to gather wild flowers. Oh, how
they enjoyed the warm sunshine while they filled their
little baskets with violets, buttercups, and spring
beauties! And the air was filled with the sweet
The flowers were so pretty and there
were so many that the children could hardly stop when
the baskets were filled. Soon they started for
home. “Let’s give some flowers to
the old people,” said one. “Yes,
let’s do,” said the rest, and off they
went, and many were the smiles from the old people
Let us be kind to the aged. When
we meet any one who is old, let us speak to them kindly
and give them a smile.
The old people did much for us when
we were too small to care for ourselves. Let
us not forget their kindness.
Little thoughts of kindness,
Little deeds of
Lead you from the wrong way
To the heaven
“My heart is God’s
And the fruits
that grow each day
Are the things that he sees
And the words
that he hears me say.
“The flowers in God’s
and ‘truth’ and ‘love’;
And the seed by the Master
Is raised in the
“There’s a spring
in God’s little garden,
so sweet and clear,
Flow out into other gardens
Which God plants
“I must tend to God’s
Lest the weeds
and the sharp thorns grow;
If the flowers should droop
His heart would
be sad, I know.”
A Baby for a Nickel
A man told a little girl that he would
sell his baby for a nickel. She liked babies
well and thought that was very cheap. She ran
home quickly to get the money. Her mama was very
busy. She gave her the nickel and did not stop
to listen to what the little girl wanted.
The little girl ran back to the man
to get the baby. Of course, the man would not
give up his baby. He did not mean what he had
said. This made the little girl cry very hard.
Her mama always told the truth.
She thought others meant what they said, just like
It was wrong for the man not to tell
the truth. We often make others feel very bad
when we say things that we do not mean.
We All Must Die
Some people are very wicked.
This means that they do many bad things and do not
love God. Some men swear and lie and steal and
also do other sinful things.
To tell a lie is to say things that
are not true, and to steal is to take something that
belongs to some one else.
Now, it is very wrong to swear, lie,
or steal. God does not want us to do any such
things. All who do wicked things will some day
Some day we shall die, for all of
us must die. If a man should be going some place
through the deep snow and should get lost and the
cold should freeze him, it would kill him. He
would not live any longer, but would be dead.
If we love God and live for him, he
will give us a home in heaven after we die; but if
we are wicked, we shall be lost and punished for our
wicked ways after we die.
We should think about our life here
and see that we live to please God.
If we do not, when we come to die
we may be like the man in the boat. At one time
he could have been saved while he was floating
on the smooth waters. But he has let it go too
far, and can only look forward to his doom.
Let us love God and live for him on
earth, so we can live with him in heaven after we
die. When Christ was here on earth he said:
“I go to prepare a place for you, ... that where
I am, there ye may be also.”
The Path of God
path of God
Is just the path for me;
walk each day
Where all is victory.
let us fight
truth and right,
And Satan e’er defeat;
And victory complete.
life we give,
e’er we’ll live
For Christ, and tell his love
At last be crowned above.