by the American Sunday-School Union
Mary and Eddie had retired to their little beds.
Their mother had said "good night," and had given
them both a kiss. She was just leaving the room,
when Eddie said to his sister,
"Now you can tell me about Jesus."
This simple remark revealed to Mrs. Dudley the
subject of their conversation after she left them for
the night. It gave her great pleasure, for she desires
nothing so much as that her children may
love the Saviour, and she knows the more they think
about him, and the more they learn of his life,
the more they will find him worthy of love. Mrs.
Dudley offered up a silent prayer to her heavenly
Father that the Holy Spirit would teach them and
guide them into all truth.
She did not remain with the children to hear
them as they talked together, but a few days afterwards
she asked Eddie what Mary told him about
Jesus. He repeated the history of his birth, of the
cruel persecution of Herod, of his blameless life,
and his death upon the cross.
Eddie is too young to realize much about the
great love of Christ, and how much he has done
for us that we may be happy, but he is not too
young to love him.
I hope he will never forget the sweet story Mary
told him. Jesus loves little children. He is their
best friend, always ready to forgive them when they
are sorry for doing wrong, and to help them when
they try to do what is right.
Even now, as I am writing, I hear children singing
"There is a happy land
Far far away."
The sound grows fainter and fainter—eyelids
are drooping—sleep is near—the voices are hushed—the
little ones are slumbering. May "holy
angels guard their bed."