Signs of the Times

Topic: Hope and Progress

[Rev. Fred Bennett Ford, as quoted in the Standard-Star, New Rochelle, New York]

Nobody grows old by living a certain number of years. They grow old by losing their ideals. It was something like that, I think, that the Master had in mind in what we call the parable of the sower. He says that some lovely things sprout and grow in the soil of our lives. For want of a more adequate name let us call them ideals.

Life can and does assault the ideals we have of ourselves, of our fellows, and of common life. Life will take our ideals away from us, and leave us old, if we let it!

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January 20, 1940

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