As a Little Child

It is recorded in Matthew's gospel that Jesus, our great Way-shower, once said to his disciples, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." One meaning of this saying of our Master was made very clear to the writer through an experience which has proved so helpful to her that she would like to share it with others.

She was one of a party stopping at a hotel from the roof of which there is such an extended view that a look-off platform has been built. One day when on this platform she was joined by a number of people, among whom were a gentleman and his little daughter, a child of about eight years. The gentleman had the little one on his shoulder; and another member of the party, having previously approached the railing, said, "Oh, don't go near the edge, it scares you out there." In a minute the little one said, "Father, please walk right out to the edge." Her father did so, and the child sat calmly on his shoulder and looked about. Then she remarked, "Father, it doesn't scare me a bit up here." The gentleman made no reply; and in a second more she questioned, "Father, do you know why I am not scared up here?" Her father then asked "Why?" and she replied, "Because I know you will not let me fall;" and like a burst of song came to thought the words of Jesus quoted above.

July 1, 1922

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