"Comfort ye my people"

A little child who had been left much to the care of a kind but ignorant nurse became deeply imbued with the belief in ghosts. The beautiful forest near her home was for her the abode of mysterious and unfriendly spirits, while the depths of every green shrub concealed hideous shapes that lurked in the shadows. The darkness, too, was peopled by unknown and terrible foes that threatened constantly to destroy her, and so strong was the influence of these fears that whenever she found herself alone, her terror was expressed in piercing outcries.

The mother at length discovered the cause of the little one's distress and lovingly explained to her the falsity and unreality of her fears. The child's faith in her mother made it easy for her to accept as true all that was told her of the reality of God's constant presence and loving care, so that any appeal to the old terror was afterward met with the positive declaration, "There are no ghosts, for my mother told me so." With this comforting assurance all superstitious fears were overcome, and the world became for her a place filled with love and beauty.

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