Putting God First

Two little ones were happily playing one summer morning when an older child appeared and for some reason, unknown to the onlooker, gave one of the little ones a resounding blow on the cheek. Surprised by the sudden onslaught, the one thus attacked began crying lustily. His little playmate, seeing the need of help, wasted no time in expostulating with the offender, nor in offering false sympathy to her grieving playfellow, but putting God first she ran to the tearful one, and shaking her tiny finger to give further emphasis to her words said earnestly: "Johnnie, I want to tell you sumpin; the Bible says there isn't any tears." Pausing in his weeping to gaze in astonishment at the fervent little speaker, and evidently seeing conviction written in the eager face, Johnnie forgot to resume his crying, accepting the ultimatum as presented by his little friend; and harmony was at once restored.

The promise from Isaiah that "the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces" had evidently made an impression on the little four-year-old girl, who had heard these words at Sunday school and at her mother's knee when listening daily to the reading of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly. So when a need arose she found that hers was indeed a God at hand, and as the result of her simple Christian Science treatment, her little friend's grief and hurt were healed.

Chapter XVIII: Fruitage
September 28, 1935

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