[Written Especially for Children]

Keeping the Door Shut

In an old fairy tale the story was told about the mother of the family going to town and leaving the children alone to keep house ! Always she told them never to open the door to any stranger while she was away, and always the children replied that they would keep the door tightly shut. Very soon a stranger would come along, however, and promise the children many nice and pleasant things if they would open the door to him; and somehow or other the children opened the door. Then they found that the stranger was not a friend but an enemy!

Perhaps we may never be left to keep house alone, but there is one house which each one must keep for himself; that is the house of his thoughts. And there is a stranger to whom we must never, never open the door; and it is just a make-believe lie which seems to tell us that there is something else besides God, good.

July 9, 1932

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