Hearing and Obeying

A party of children once went together to spend a morning on a gorse-covered heath. "How shall we know when it is time for us to go home?" asked one.

"My mother will call us," replied a little girl, confidently. Satisfied, the little ones romped, happy and carefree, in the sunshine. Many birds were warbling gaily, and the children laughed and sang at their games.

Suddenly the little girl stopped. "I heard mother call," she said; "we must go now." And she immediately started off in the direction of home. There was silence among her playfellows, none of them wishing to leave their play. Then they ran after her. "How could you hear her call?" they protested. "We heard nothing!" The little girl replied firmly, "I know mother's voice; and besides, I was listening for it." In the midst of her play the child had been alert to hear the loving call.

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December 21, 1935

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