Hattie and Herbert
by the American Sunday-School Union
"Was there ever so good a mother as you are?"
said Hattie Atherton, throwing her arms around
her mother's neck, and kissing her with great affection.
"Oh yes!" answered little Herbert, in a solemn
tone, "there is one a great deal better."
"Why, Herbert! what do you mean?" exclaimed
Hattie, who knew Herbert loved his mother as
dearly as she did.
"I mean God. He is better than mother."
"But God is a Father. He is our Father in
heaven," continued Hattie.
Herbert was quite satisfied with Hattie's correction,
and was then ready to agree with her, that his
mother was the best mother in the world.
Herbert was a very little boy, but he had been
taught that God was more worthy of love than even
his father or mother could be. He was too young
to understand much about the being of God, and
when he called him a mother a great deal better
than his own mother, it was an expression of his
love and reverence.
Do you, dear children, when you realize something
about the love which your mother feels for
you, and which enables her cheerfully to do so
much for your comfort, remember that God loves
you even more than she does, and that He is far
more deserving your strongest affections?
"He that loveth father or mother more than me,"
the Saviour said, "is not worthy of me." God
should occupy the first place in your heart, and next
to Him you should love your parents.
Happy is that child who is so willing to be governed
by her mother's wishes that she is at all
times ready to exclaim, "Was there ever so good a
mother as my mother!"