The Two Wills
by the American Sunday-School Union
When a man of wealth dies, there is always
much interest felt in regard to the disposition he
has made of his property by will. Sometimes large
bequests are made to benevolent societies, and the
donor is generally considered a very generous man.
Many bless his memory, and his name is cherished
with grateful respect. It is right that it should be
so. God loves the cheerful giver.
I have just read the last "will and testament"
of a little boy nine years old, who lived in Ohio.
Not very long ago he was taken ill with fever.
The disease was violent, and he suffered much. At
length it became evident that he must die.
A few hours before his death, he looked up to his
mother and said:
"Do you remember my gold dollar?"
"Yes, my son; but we had better not think of
"But mother," said George, "I want you to give
it to the missionaries, and my shillings too, and all
the pennies. Give it all to the missionaries."
George died, and I trust has gone to heaven.
His desire to do good was no doubt acceptable and
pleasing to God. He could not receive here the
reward God has promised to those who give to the
poor, but in another world his heavenly Father can
most richly recompense him. The sum contributed
by the dying child was not large, but it was all he
In the same town lived a little girl, whose father
was a clergyman. One after another of his dear ones
were taken from him. A precious babe of seventeen
months, a sweet prattler of three years, and another
of five, were called to leave this world and grow up
with the angels in heaven. Then this child of eleven
must go too—the fourth out of that family circle
within one short month! She had been a follower
of the Saviour for three years, and had thought
much of the condition of the heathen, who have no
knowledge of the way of salvation through Christ.
She hoped, if she lived, to become a missionary
herself, and teach them about the true God and his
son Jesus Christ.
She was ill nearly three weeks, but she was not
unhappy. She did not fear to die. The Saviour,
whom she loved, was near her, to walk with her
through the valley of the shadow of death, and his
rod and staff—they comforted her. She knew that
her beloved parents would soon join her in the heavenly
world, when they all together should enjoy the
immediate presence of their Lord. She looked forward
cheerfully and joyfully, to the glorious immortality
upon which she was so soon to enter. When
dying, she exclaimed, "It is all dark here, but I
shall soon be where it is light. I shall be with my
heavenly Father, and the blessed Saviour, and all
the good people."
One of this child's last requests was, that her dollar—the
only money she possessed—should be sent
to a missionary society to buy Testaments for heathen
These children's offerings, small though they are,
are yet precious gifts cast into the treasury of our
Lord. Their influence will never cease. Many
souls may be converted through the truth these
"two mites" may be the means of teaching.