Sunday Schools and Children

Few would deny that the early training of children is of the utmost importance, and all deep thinkers will admit that the education of children would be hopelessly one-sided if the moral and spiritual demands, which rest upon all mankind, were to be neglected. Children often think more deeply than we realize, and while their questionings may apparently be confined to the things which they can see and handle materially, yet deep down there is a desire for something else, a desire to love and to be loved; and unless this deepest instinct of humanity is ignorantly or ruthlessly repressed, the child will sooner or later begin to ask about God and the things which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard." Well did Wordsworth see this when he spoke of childhood, and

... those first affections,
Those shadowy recollections,
Which, be they what they may,
Are yet the foundation light of all our day,
Are yet a master light of our seeing.

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Uncovering Error
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