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'Taking her little brother by the hand, she said ;-" Willie,
God has sent this lightning. Let us ask Him to take
care of us."-p. 36.
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LEARNED
WRITTEN FOR THE AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION.
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,
No. 146 CHESTNUT STCRT.
Nzw YOBK, No. 147 Nassau Street.....BosTON, No. 9 CObhai.
LOUISVInLL, No. 103 Fburth nSret.
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AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,
in the Clerk' Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of
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mmmittee shaa o0jec&.
USAN LEE was a
little girl about
eight years old.
She lived in the
country in a
small but plea-
sant house, sur-
rounded by trees, which in summer
were favourite singing places for the
birds, and many a morning was she
awakened by their sweet music.
There was one very large tree
quite near the house. It was so
large, that when Susy and her little
brother Willie, who was six years
6 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
old, and her little sister Katie, who
was not quite three, took hold of
hands, and though they stretched
the whole length of their arms, they
could not reach around the trunk.
On one of the branches their
father had made a swing for the
children, and they used to have
grand fun sometimes in it. On one
side of the famous tree were two seats
formed of branches very prettily
woven together. One for their father
and mother, and one for the children.
Here their mother would some-
times rest, while their father swung
them; and when they were all tired
out, and glad to rest too, she would
tell them a pretty story.
On Sunday afternoon, in summer,
when they had all returned from
church, she would take her seat
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY.
there, with Susy and Willie, and
hear the hymns which they always
learned to say, and talk to them
about some part of the Bible. ,Once
as they sat there, Mrs. Lee pointed
to the setting sun, whose rays, re-
flected from the clouds, tinged them
with crimson and gold, and then to
the green fields, and the lovely flowers
growing near them; and told them
that the great God who had made
all these wonderful and beautiful
things delighted to be called the
Father even of little children, and
that they should ask him for what-
ever they desired, just as they came
to their dear father on earth to sup-
ply their wants.
"Oh, mother," said Susan, "I do
love God for making all these beau-
8 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
"Well, my child," said Mrs. Lee,
"you know I told you on last
Sunday evening, that if you really
love Him, you will try to please
Him, just as you do what you know
will please your father or me, be-
cause you love us."
"Yes, mother," said Susan, "and
I determined that I would try, on
Monday morning. I thought of my
resolution while I was dressing, but
when I came down-stairs, I found
that Katie had torn a picture out
of that beautiful book which uncle
Charles gave me, and I was cross to
her, although, as you told me, it was
rmy fault for leaving it on a chair,
where she could reach it. And then
I was in a bad humour all day, so
that I displeased you by not attend-
ing to my lessons, and was cross and
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 9
disobliging to Willie when he asked
me to help him cover his ball. I
found it so hard to be good that
I did not try much after that, and I
am afraid that I shall never, never
please my heavenly Father."
"Ah, Susy," said her mother, "I
fear that you forgot what I have so
often told you, that our hearts are
so sinful, that we shall not really
do any thing without the help
of the Spirit of God. If, after
you had made your resolution, you
had asked God to help you to keep
it, I think you would not so soon
have given up trying to please Him.
But you trusted in your own strength
-did you not?"
Little Susan could not but ac-
knowledge that it was so. She had,
indeed, that morning said the prayer
10 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
which her mother had taught her,
but without thinking whether or
not she particularly desired the Holy
Spirit to watch over her all the day,
helping her to be kind to her bro-
ther and sister, and obedient to her
parents, and keeping her from all sin.
Then her mother told her, that
when Jesus was on earth he told
his disciples that "whatever they
would ask his Father, believing, they
should receive," and that if she
prayed for the help of the Holy
Spirit, she would find it much easier
to do right.
The bell now rang for prayers,
and they all went into the house;
Susy determining that she would
try again, but this time it was not
to be in her own strength.
The next morning she did not
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY.
forget her resolution; and when she
asked God to take care of her through
the day, and help her to do right,
she believed that He really would,
and she arose from her knees,
happy that she had such a friend,
-so powerful and so ready to help.
On her way down-stairs, she heard
the voices of her brother and sister
in high glee on the lawn, and run-
ning out there, she saw her father
swinging them both.
"There comes Susan," said he.
"Now, Willie, let her swing a little
Susy was just going to take her
place by the side of Katie, when she
noticed the little fellow's disap-
pointed look, and the thought that
now she could please her heavenly
Father, by giving up her own en-
12 SUSY LEE; 2M, TIE LITTLE GIRL
joyment to make her little brother
happy, came into her mind.
"DIn't step for me, father," said
she. "I love to see you swing Willie
and Katie, so I will sit here on my
little bench and count the number
of times they swing."
So the little girl tak her seat on
the bench, far happier than if she
had taken from her little brother's
pleasure. Through all that day,
Susan tried te remember her resolu-
tion; and at night, when she thought
wver the events of the day, as her
mother had taught her to do, she
was surprised to find how much
easier it had been to do right, be-
cause her heavenly Father had
SBut my little readers must not
suppose, that it is only necessary
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY.
to ask God in the morning, to help
them through the day, and then
think no more about it. Oh, no.
Jesus tells us to WATCH as well as
pray; that is, to remember, all day,
that we have a loving Father in
heaven to please, and especially
when we are tempted to do wrong.
We must think how he is blessing
us all the time, and determine not
to be so ungrateful as to grieve him.
The greatest trouble that Susan
had was her passionate temper.
Like many other little people I
know, she was very fond of having
her own way. It was very hard for
her to yield to the wishes of others.
And when she was obliged to do so,
she would become very angry, and
treat the persons who had offended
her very unkindly, speaking to them
14 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
in a very cross manner. She had
to watch against this a great deal;
and when sometimes she forgot, and
spoke unkindly, it would make her
sad, and she could not be happy
until she had prayed for forgiveness
for Christ's sake.
Soon, every one about the house
noticed how much more gentle and
kind Susan was than she used to be.
One day, hearing Willie say,
"Susan always does what I want
her to do now, and she does not
speak cross to me even though I dis-
turb her when she is reading;" she
began to think that she .was be-
coming very good, and, I am sorry
to say, to feel a little proud, instead
of remembering that it was because
the Holy Spirit helped her, and
feeling thankful to God for it.
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 15
SEVERAL weeks after the Sunday
evening's conversation with her
mother, which we have related,
two of Susan's cousins came to
spend a week with her. They were
very nearly of her age; Julia, the
eldest, being only a few months
older, and Flora two years younger.
Susan was so impatient to see
them, that for more than an hour
before they could be expected to
arrive, she and Willie had been
seated under the great tree, and at
every sound of wheels they heard,
16 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
they had run to the gate, sure that
their cousins had come.
About five o'clock they came, and
then how fast the children's tongues
moved! It had been three months
since they had met, and there were
so many things to tell, and so much
for Susan and Willie to show, that
bedtime came much too soon.
The next morning Susan's first
thought was one of delight that
Julia and Flora were there; and
springing out of bed, she ran into
the adjoining room where they slept,
to awaken them. Then all the day's
amusement had to be planned, so
that they did not heed the bell
which rang every morning for the
children to rise, that they might be
in readiness for prayers, but con-
tinued talking, until Susy, seeing
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 17
her father walking in the garden,
"Oh, we shall be late," and has-
tened to her room to dress.
But she had spent so much time
with her cousins, that she had not
a moment to offer her usual morning
prayer, before they were called to
family-worship. After breakfast,
she had a short time, which she
might have devoted to this duty;
but Julia wanted her to show her
the chickens and the ducks, and
Flora wanted to see if the favourite
white rose-bush had as many roses
upon it as it had last year, and so
the moments fled until lesson time
Susan's mother had always taught
her children at home, and generally
Susan was very happy in the plea-
18 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
sant room where she studied; but
this morning she had hoped, because
her cousins were with her, that she
might have had a holiday; so when
she was called to her lessons, she
did not feel very well pleased.
"Oh, mother," she exclaimed, as
she entered the house, "why need
I study to-day, the first that Julia
and Flora spend with me ? They will
find it so dull, and I want to take
them to the grove, and have a nice
"You will have time enough to
take them there this afternoon," said
her mother, "when your lessons are
finished. It would be too warm this
morning. And you may have your
table there, and tea-things, and play
as you like. You will enjoy your
play much more, if you neglect none
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 19
of your duties. I don't think the
girls will find this morning dull, for
here is a dissected map to amuse
Flora, and you may get your last
new book for Julia."
Susan, of course, yielded to her
mother; but not very pleasantly, I
am afraid, for her brow was clouded,
and so inattentive was she, that
when the time came for her to
say her lessons, they were only half
learned, so that she had to study
them over again, and thus more time
was spent in the school-room than
Ah, little Susy, if you had re-
membered that the pleasure of your
cousins' company might tempt you
to neglect your duty, and had asked
your heavenly Father to assist you
in overcoming the temptation, and
20 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
had then watched against it, you
would have been spared some trou-
ble and sin.
Well, the lessons were finally
finished, though not without con-
siderable impatience on the part
of Susan, and dinner being over, the
children were soon ready for the
grove. This grove, as it was called,
was a very beautiful clump of trees
a few yards from the side of the
house, forming a perfect shade, with
moss growing beneath them, for a
soft, green carpet.
It was a favourite resort of the
children, and they were all in high
glee at the thought of the nice party
they were to have. Even Susan
had nearly forgotten her ill-humour.
Mary, Katie's nurse, carried the
table for them. Willie and Julia
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 21
took a basket between them, and
Susan led Kate, while Flora carried
some of her favourite white roses to
decorate the table. For a while,
they amused themselves with play-
ing "hide and go seek" among the
trees, and then the grand business
of setting the table commenced. The
basket which Willie had brought
contained a very pretty tea-set be-
longing to Susan, and some small
crackers and cakes which her mo-
ther had provided for them. Then
there was milk in a little pitcher,
and sugar in the basin. A beauti-
ful clear brook ran at a short dis-
tance from their table, and to this
Willie went for water to fill the
tea-pot instead of tea. Then he
brought some large stones for seats.
Very prettily the table looked
22 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
with some of the white roses in a
tumbler in the centre, and some
strewed over the cloth. They might
have formed a happy party but for
When the feast was all pre-
pared, the question arose who
should pour out the tea. Susy
thought that it was her right, for
the tea-set was her's, and Julia and
Flora were her guests; while Julia
insisted that, as she was the oldest,
she should have the place of honour.
Neither of the little girls were will-
ing to yield, and they were becom-
ing quite out of temper. Mary, who
had been amusing Katie in another
part of the grove, so that she should
not disturb the preparations for the
feast, came toward them just as
they were disputing, and hearing
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY.
the cause, proposed that they should
vote to decide the question. This
she told them they could do by tak-
ing Willie's cap, and those who
wanted Julia to pour out tea could
put in green leaves, and those who
were for Susan could put in some
of the white rose-leaves; and the
one who had the most of either
should take the place. To this,
Julia readily agreed, and Susy was
ashamed not to consent, though she
did it unwillingly. So Flora and
Willie put in their leaves, and Mary
too, for Katie, so that there should
be an uneven number, and then
they counted them, and there were
two green leaves to one white one.
So Julia was chosen. But Susan
(although she did not say any thing
against it) still showed ill-humour,
24 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
and by her cross looks and manner,
took from the pleasure of all.
Nothing suited her. First, her
tea was too sweet, and then she
had not milk enough; and finally,
when Julia, by accident, pushed one
of her cups on the ground and
broke it, she screamed and cried
with passion. Her cousin was really
sorry, but she was too proud to say
so, and she only laughed at Suzy
for being such a baby as to cry for
the loss of a cup.
This was more than the angry
little girl cofild bear; so she left the
children to play by themselves, tell-
ing Julia that she did not love her
at all, and joined Mary and Katie
in another part of the grove.
Here she remained until her mo-
ther sent for them to come into the
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 25
house. Then she sulkily assisted
Mary and Julia to gather up the
playthings, without speaking a
word to her cousin.
All that evening she was very
cross, and when her mother pro-
posed that they should play some
amusing game in the parlour, she
pretended to be too tired; and she
was quite glad when eight o'clock
came, so that she could go to her
She had been but a few moments
there when her mother entered, and
after seating herself, she drew Susy
"What is the matter with you,
my little girl, this evening?" said
she, kindly. "You are so quiet, and
do not seem as happy or animated
26 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
as you were last evening, when your
"Oh, mother," said Susy, "Julia
has been so unkind to me this after-
noon!" And then she related what
had happened in the grove, throw-
ing most of the blame on Julia.
"I think you must begin back at
a period earlier than this afternoon,
my dear child," said Mrs. Lee, "to
find the cause of your unhappiness.
How did you begin the day? As
usual,-by asking God to keep you
from sin? And then this morning
in school,-were you as watchful as
you should have been ?"
The little girl was silent for a few
moments, and then said, "I see
now, mother, the cause of all my
difficulties to-day. I talked so long
with Julia and Flora this morning,
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that I had no time for prayer before
breakfast, and afterward I forgot
it. Then I did not want to learn
my lessons, and was indolent and
disrespectful. Oh, mother, will you
forgive me? I'm afraid I shall
never be a good girl." And burst-
ing into tears, she hid her face on
her mother's shoulder.
"Indeed, I will readily forgive
you, my child," said Mrs. Lee; "but
have you not forgiveness to ask of
another? You remember, when lit-
tle Katie was first learning to walk,
while yQur father led her she stepped
very well, but if she saw something
she thought beautiful, in her eager-
ness to get it she would let go of
the guiding finger, and take a few
steps alone, perhaps, but soon totter
and fall. Just so your Heavenly
28 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
Father has been guiding you to do
right; yet, for the pleasure of a few
moments with your cousins, you
have not sought his guidance to-day,
and so you have fallen into sin. He
was just as ready to help you to-
day as at any time, if you had
"Oh, mother," whispered Susan,
"will you ask him to forgive me ?"
"We will ask him together," said
So they both kneeled down; and
first Mrs. Lee prayed God to forgive
her little girl, for his dear Son's
sake; and then Susan confessed her
sin to her Heavenly Father, and
prayed him to forgive her, and
never again to leave her to herself.
As they arose, Susan said, "And
now, mother, I will go and tell
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Julia how sorry I am that I was so
unkind and cross to her."
Julia was not yet in bed when
Susy came into her room, but she
took no notice of her until she came
quite near her, and said in a trem-
bling voice, "Julia, I was cross to
you this afternoon, and I am very
sorry. Will you forgive me ?"
Her cousin then looked up in
surprise, for she had never been
accustomed to hear faults confessed
so humbly. Always when she had
done wrong she had felt a little
unhappy at first, perhaps, but had
tried to think of other things, and
after a while had forgotten it.
Does God ever forget sin?
Now seeing tears in Susan's eyes,
her heart was touched, (for she was
an affectionate girl,) and putting her
30 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
arm around her neck, she said,
"Don't cry, Susy, I am sorry I
broke your cup." But Susan did
not care for that, now that she
thought her sin was forgiven. So
telling her cousin that it was no
matter, she kissed her for good-night,
and left her far happier than if she
had felt no penitence, for she was
sure that God was her friend and
would take care of her.
During all the rest of the time
her cousins remained with her, she
never again forgot her morning
prayer. And God gave her strength
to resist temptation. She was al-
ways kind to her cousins, willing
to give up her own pleasure to make
them happy; and because she did
so, she enjoyed their visit much the
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GOD acts as a loving Father in
other ways besides always helping
those to do right who ask him. He
takes care of them too. The Bible
tells us that his care is over all his
works. Even those who never think
of him he often preserves from
danger; but only those who ask him
and trust him are sure that he is
watching over them for their good.
Little children always feel safe
when their earthly father is with
them; but they may lose their
earthly father, and their Father in
32 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
heaven is much more able to take
care of them, and he will never
leave them, but will watch over
them all the time, if they ask him.
Susan learned so to trust Him, and
she was very happy in feeling that
he was always near her. She was
a very timid child, and although
she had always lived in the country,
yet she was afraid of cattle, and
even of wasps. Now she became
quite brave, because she knew that
the God wvho made those creatures
was her friend, and would take care
of her. She would tremble a little,
perhaps, when she had to pass a
cow, or when a wasp flew by her;
but she no longer refused to go
where she thought she might meet
them, if it was her duty to go; and
always, in her heart, she asked
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God to keep them from hurting her.
For it is not always necessary to
pray to God in words. He knows
when we think a prayer, just as well
as when we say it.
About half a mile from the house
where Susan lived was a very pleasant
wood, with a great many blackberry-
bushes growing about it. One after-
noon, when Mrs. Lee thought the
berries were ripe, she told Susan
and Willie that they might go with
Mary to gather some. The children
were quite delighted, and were soon
ready for a start.
Susy took her neat sun-bonnet
and little basket, which she pro-
mised to fill, while Willie was sure
that he could fill one much larger.
Little Katie looked somewhat sober
at being left at home, and was only
34 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
half satisfied by being told that
next summer she would be large
enough to go too.
The children had to walk along
the road for some distance, and
then they opened a gate into what
their father called his meadow-lot,
and crossing that, they soon reached
the wood where the blackberry-
"Oh!" exclaimed Willie, as he
came to a bush which was loaded
with fruit. "Look here, Mary!
Look Susy! Did you ever see so
many berries? I shall soon have
my basket filled."
And the little fellow commenced
picking in good earnest. Susy and
Mary found a bush which they
thought quite as full as Willie's,
and they were soon industriously
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 85
filling their baskets. So engaged.
were they all, that they did not
notice the black cloud which had
arisen, until they heard the thunder
and Susy felt a drop of rain on her
hand. They started instantly for
home, but they had only reached
the meadow-lot when a very bright
flash of lightning almost dazzled
their eyes, followed by a very heavy
peal of thunder. Willie began to
cry, and Susy turned pale, but she
did not utter a sound.
"Let us hurry home," said Mary.
But they had hardly begun to run
before the rain came down so very
hard that they were glad to take
shelter under a large rock on one
side of the field, which, shelving out
a little, gave them some protection.
They had scarcely reached it, when
36 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
another flash of lightning and a
heavy peal of thunder frightened
them still more. Susy did not forget
her ever-present Friend. Taking her
little brother by the hand, she said:
"Willie, God has sent this light-
ning. Let us ask him to take care
And kneeling down there upon
the grass, the little girl prayed
that her Heavenly Father would
not let the storm hurt them, but
that they might get home soon.
She had scarcely finished this
little prayer, before they heard their
father's voice, calling them, and soon
they saw him. He was driving
past in his carriage, and seeing
them there, had stopped to take
them home. Their mother was
very glad to see them, for she had
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been anxious lest they had stayed in
the wood, where, if the lightning
had struck one of the trees, they
might have been killed. Susy did
not forget to thank God for taking
care of them through the thunder-
storm; and she learned by this to
trust him even more than before.
38 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
IN the month of September, a lady
opened a school quite near Mr. Lee's
house, and Susan's parents decided
to send her and Willie. There were
only about a dozen little girls and
boys, none of them much older than
Susan, and she was quite happy
there. But she found temptations
to sin, which she had never had
before. At home, under her dear
mother's watchful care, it had been
quite easy and pleasant to study, be-
cause whenever there was any thing
difficult in her lessons her mother was
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 39
always ready to explain it to her; for,
having no one but Susy and Willie
to instruct, she could devote more
time to each than a teacher of many
children could. So at school Susy
had to think, sometimes a long while,
before she could quite understand
her lessons, and she would get very
tired, and be almost tempted to put
away her book, and not try to study.
But the thought that her Heavenly
Father would not be pleased with
her if she were idle, made her per-
severe; and after asking him in her
heart to help her to understand, she
would study the harder until she
had quite finished her lesson. Then
too there were so many little girls
that would talk to her, and try to
make her speak to them, that it
was very hard for her always to
40 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
obey the rule of the school, which
was that there should be no talking
in the hours of study.
Miss Mercer (for that was her
teacher's name) always asked the
children, just before they went
home,, how many times they had
talked during the day; and then, at
the end of the week, she sent the
account to their parents, that they
might see how diligent and obedient
their children had been. It was
very seldom that Susan brought
home any but a good report. If
the little girl who sat next to her
commenced talking to her, Susy
would keep her eyes closely fixed
upon her book, and not take any
notice of what she said, and then
at recess tell her that she did not
mean to be unkind, but that she
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could not break the rules. By be-
ing kind to them she gained the
love of all the scholars, and by her
example led many of them to try to
be good too.
Little Katie was of course too
young to go with her brother and
sister to school, and was very glad
when they came home, for Susy
loved her dearly and was always
ready to tell her a pretty story or
to dress her doll-which Katie
thought no one could do quite as
well as her dear Susy. Katie had
never been strong, and any expo-
sure to the cold wind was very apt
to give her the croup, so she could
never go out when it blew very
One afternoon, after the first snow-
sto'rm, Willie, who had a neat little
42 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
sled given him, was very anxious to
give Katie a ride upon it. The sun
shone so brightly that Mrs. Lee
thought there could be no danger
of her taking cold; so putting on
her warm cloak and hood, she let
Willie and Susy take her out. The
little girl was quite delighted, and
clapped her hands as Willie drew
her all over the lawn, where the
grass was so green the summer be-
Their mother stood at the window
some time watching them, but after
she had gone again to her sewing,
Willie, thinking that the snow was
deeper on the other side of the house,
drew his little sister around there,
not knowing that the cold north
wind would be felt much more
keenly. They had been there some
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minutes, and poor little Katie had
become quite chilled, before Mrs.
Lee discovered it. She had not
thought of their leaving the front
lawn, and had not forbidden it; so
Willie was not to blame; but she
felt very sorry, and a good deal
anxious lest her little girl should
have taken cold.
However, she was soon warm
again by the parlour fire, and her
mother almost forgot her fears in
hearing Katie tell her father, when
he came home, and she had taken her
usual place upon his knee, about the
fine ride her brother Willie had given
her on his new sled. She slept in a
little crib by the side of her parents'
bed, and that night they were awa-
kened by her very hard breathing,
as if she had taken a severe cold.
44 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
After giving her some simple medi-
cine, she seemed better, and fell into
a quiet sleep. But in the morning
she was weak and languid, and
talking seemed to hurt her; and so
the physician, who always came to
see the children when they were
really sick, was sent for. He looked
very grave, but said he hoped that
she would be better soon.
Susy begged to be allowed to-stay
at home to sit by and amuse her
little sister; and an excellent nurse
she made, giving her drink and
waiting on her mother, who held
Katie in her lap most of the day.
There is no teacher like love, and
it was love for her sister that made
Susy know so well how to wait on
her. She did not forget her Hea-
venly Father, but many times that
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day she went to her room and prayed
to Him to make her dear sister quite
well. He knew how she loved her;
He had helped her to please him, He
had taken care of her through the
thunder-storm, and now she was
sure that He would hear her prayer
But the kind Shepherd loved
his little lamb more than Susy did,
and He was going to take her to be
with him, where she would never
have any more sickness and pain,
and where He would wipe away all
tears from her eyes.
That night she grew worse very
fast, and, just as the morning
dawned, Susy was called to say
farewell to her dear sister. She
was lying in her mother's arms,
very pale, with her eyes closed, but
46 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
as Susy came near and kissed her
little hand, she opened her eyes, and
with a faint smile tried to say,
"Susy." Then closing them again,
her breathing became shorter and
shorter until it ceased entirely, and
little Katie was with Jesus.
Her nurse and a kind neighbour
prepared her body for the grave,
and then Mrs. Lee led Susy to
the crib to see her little sister.
She looked so beautiful as she was
lying there in her snow-white dress,
and her hair curled as she used to
wear it in life, that she seemed
asleep; and Susy could hardly be-
lieve that she would not soon awa-
ken. But when she kissed her lips
they did not return her pressure as
they once did, and they were so icy
cold that she shrank back, and,
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clinging to her mother, sobbed out,
"Oh, will my, little sister never
speak to me again ?"
Mrs. Lee, seating herself by the
body of her dear departed child,
clasped Susy to her, and said-
"Our little Katie is in heaven,
and when our Heavenly Father calls
us to live in the beautifuPlmansions
which he has prepared for us, we
shall see her; and she will tell us
how happy she is, and we will help
her to praise Him."
But, mother," said Susan, why
did He take her so soon. Many
times that day, when she was so
sick, I prayed to Him to make her
well, and I thought He certainly
would; but now I'm afraid that He
will never hear me again when I
Spray to Him."
48 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
"Susy," said Mrs. Lee, "do you
remember the little bird which flew
into your room last summer? And
how you begged your father and
me to let you keep it for your own,
and get a cage for it to live in ?"
"Yes, mother," said Susan; "and
you said that it would be so much
happier among the trees in our
beautiful grove, that you opened the
window and let it fly away; and
though I cried very much, yet after-
ward, when I saw it, (as I thought,)
on the buttonwood tree, singing so
happily, I was glad that you did
"Then you did not think I would
never give you any more pleasures
or love you again, did you?" said
"Oh, no, indeed; you have given
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 49
me many things which I have asked
for since, and you knew best what
"Well, my dear child, your Hea-
venly Father loves you better than
I do, and he will always grant your
requests when he thinks it will be
best; but he is all wisdom as well
as all love. Now He knew that our
dear little Katie would be far hap-
pier with Him in the bright world
which He has prepared for his chil-
dren, where there is no sorrow nor
sickness, but all is perfect joy; and
so He did not let her live here very
long, where she was so often sick,
but has taken her there. The little
bird which you wanted to keep for
a pet, you say, was happier in the
trees than he would have been in
50 SUSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
your cage, but your sister's happi-
ness is increased a thousand-fold
more than the bird's was. Oh! can
you wish her back? Will you not
say, as you did of your mother, God
"Oh yes, mother," said Susy,
smiling through her tears; "and I
will thank Him for making Katie so
happy. But it is not wrong to
want to see her sometimes, is it?"
"No, my child, if you are willing
to wait until God thinks best.
Perhaps another reason why he
took your sister to heaven was, that
you might love that happy place
more, and try more earnestly to
please Him, that you may meet her
"But yet, mother," said Susan,
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY.
with a puzzled look, "I don't quite
understand. Have you not told me
that God has said-' Ask, and you
shall receive ?' Does not that mean
"Yes, Susy, I told you so, but it
was when I was talking about pray-
ing for the Holy Spirit to help you
to be good: for that we may always
pray, and expect that God will grant
our requests, because only by the
help of the Holy Spirit can we please
God or be made fit for heaven. But
when we ask for earthly blessings-
such as the life and health of those
we love-then he has taught us to
say, "Thy will be done;" and if he
sees best, he will give us what we
ask for. The life of our Katie in
this world was an earthly blessing.
52 STSY LEE; OR, THE LITTLE GIRL
Shall we pot pray that he will al-
ways help us to say, "Thy will be
Then kneeling down there, where
they had watched their loved one
till she ceased to breathe, Mrs. Lee
gave thanks that her dear lamb
was safe in the fold of the Good
Shepherd; and prayed that they
might love her glorious home more
than they had ever done before,
and that they might feel always
willing that God should do as he
sees to be best.
Little Katie's body was buried in
the churchyard, about a mile from
Susy's home, and all that winter
the snow was like a pure and beau-
tiful covering for her grave. When
the spring came again, Susy and her
WHO LEARNED TO PRAY. 53
mother planted flowers t1ere; and
when the trees were filled with
leaves, and the birds sang there,
she thought it the happiest place
in all the world. Though it was
many months before she could keep
back the tears, when she came
home from school and heard no
little sister's joyous voice welcoming
her, yet she was comforted when her
mother reminded her that that voice
was now singing the praises of God
A child who thus takes God for
her Friend, and prays to Him in
all time of temptation, or sorrow,
or joy, will be happy and beloved.
So Susy found it; and now that
she is no longer a child, she has
never regretted that she learned
04 SUSY LEE.
then to trust and love her Hea
My dear young friend, God is
as ready to hear your prayers as
he was to hear Susan's. Will you
pray to Him as she did?
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