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Title: Sunday afternoons with mamma a book for very little children
Physical Description: 80 p., 4 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Giberne, Agnes, 1845-1939
Religious Tract Society (Great Britain) ( Publisher )
William Clowes and Sons ( Printer )
Kronheim & Co ( Engraver )
Publisher: Religious Tract Society
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: W. Clowes and Sons
Publication Date: 1866
Copyright Date: 1866
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Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Mother and child -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Gold stamped cloth (Binding) -- 1866   ( local )
Bldn -- 1866
Genre: novel   ( marcgt )
Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Gold stamped cloth (Binding)   ( local )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
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Statement of Responsibility: by the author of "A visit to Aunt Agnes."
General Note: Illustrations chromolithographed by J.M. Kronheim & Co.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00004081
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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BY

THE AUTHOR OF "A VISIT TO AUNT AGNES."


LONDON:
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY;
56, PATERNOSTER ROW, 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD,
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SUNDAY AFTERNOONS WITH MAMMA.


CHAPTER I.
SUNDAY was a happy day to little Kate and Ernest.
Shall I tell you how they spent it? On Saturday
evening, just before bed-time, they always helped
their nurse to put away in the nursery cupboard all
their toys and their "week day" Picture Books, and
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then from a drawer below was taken, first a box of
moveable letters, which Kate and Ernest (or Erny
as he was usually called) were only allowed to use
on Sunday.
The children were very fond of putting these
letters together so as to form words, and they often
were able to spell a verse from the Bible in this way.
But besides the letter box, in the Sunday drawer
were kept two large Picture Books, with large
coloured pictures of Bible scenes. One of these
belonged to Katie, and the other to Erny, and
there were some smaller books as well, with pretty
Bible stories, and sweet hymns in them. All these
were taken out of the drawer on Saturday night,
and put away again on Sunday night, because if
Katie and Erny had had these letters and books
every day, they would, perhaps, have grown tired of
them, and would have had no fresh books for Sunday.
Then dear mamma always tried to make Sunday
a very happy day to her children; and when they
were not happy, I think it must have been either
when they were not very well, or not very good.
In the morning they went to the house of God
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could not know all that was said, yet they tried to
behave well, that they might not disturb other
people. The good minister sometimes spoke to the
children who were present, and then they tried not
to forget what he said, that they might tell mamma
about it by-and-by.
And when all the people knelt in prayer, their
mamma had told them that they could think a little
prayer in their heart, and that, though they did not
speak, God would hear what their hearts said to him.
Katie and Erny always liked to hear the singing;
sometimes they almost knew the hymns and tunes,
from hearing them sung very often, and then they
were able to help sing God's praises with their young
voices.
On Sunday they had the pleasure of dining and
taking tea with papa and mamma, instead of in the
nursery, as on other days; and though they were
very fond of nurse, and quite happy with her, this
was a great treat.
But it is about their Sunday afternoons with
mamma that I am going to tell you. Katie and
Erny spent them alone with her. Nurse and all the
other servants but one, went to worship God, and
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papa went to the ragged school, to teach some poor
little boys who had not any kind fathers or mothers
at home to tell them how the Lord Jesus loves little
children.
Sometimes Katie and Erny read to their mamma
from one of their Sunday story books. Then she
read to them, and they learned a short text, or one
or two verses of a hymn. But what they best liked,
was listening to the stories their mamma told them
fi-om the Bible.
When papa came home, he often had something
to say about the poor little ragged boys in his class.
I believe Katie and Erny knew almost all their
names, although they had only seen one or two of
them, and they often asked a great many questions
about them at tea-time.
After tea, papa was glad to rest a little, and then
mamma opened the piano, and played and sang with
her children some sweet children's hymns. They
almost always finished with the one beginning-

"Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me,
Bless thy little lamb to-night,
Through the darkness be thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light."
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Then nurse came to call the children to the
nursery, and after a happy talk with her, and kneel-
ing down and thanking God for all his love and care
during the day, and asking him to watch them
through the night, Kate and Ernest were almost
always ready for bed, and soon might be seen fast
asleep on their little pillows.



CHAPTER II.
HERE we are, mamma, quite ready for you," said
Katie, jumping up from her low seat by the fire,
and running to meet mamma, who just then opened
the drawing-room door.
Very bright and pleasant the room looked; a large
fire was burning brightly in the grate, on the rug in
front of it, little Flossy," the dog, was curled up
fast asleep, on one side of the fire an easy chair was
drawn up ready for mamma, and on the other were
two little chairs, belonging to Kate and Ernest.
What did my little darlings do this morning?"
said mamma, as she took her seat by the fire. The
morning had been very cold and snowy, and as
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Kate and Ernest had not been quite well, mamma
and nurse had thought it better for them to remain
at home, instead of going out as usual.
Oh, mamma, we made such a long text with our
letters," said Erny.
"Yes, mamma, but nurse helped us a little," added
Katie.
What was the verse, dear ?"
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men."
"And did nurse tell you any thing about the
verse ?"
"Yes, mamma, nurse told us it was the song the
angels sang when Jesus was born, but she said you
would tell us more about it this afternoon."
I think I told you the name of the place where
Jesus was born, one Sunday, when you were showing
me your Picture Book: do you remember it ?"
"No, mamma," said Katie.
"Did you not say Jesus was born at Bethlehem,
mamma ?" asked Erny.
Yes, dear, and I think I told you also that Jesus'
mother's name was Mary.
"Mary's home was at a place called Nazareth, but
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she was now at Bethlehem, where her little baby was
born, and they called his name JESUs, because God
had told them to do so.
Mary had no nice house to stay in at Bethlehem,
there was not even room for her and her baby in the
inn; they had to stay in a stable, and instead of a
soft, warm cradle, the child Jesus was laid in a
manger."
What is a manger, mamma ?" asked Erny.
"It is that place in a stable where horses' food is
placed ready for them to eat. Was it not love in-
deed in the Lord, Jesus to come from heaven to this
earth ?"
Yes, mamma. Will you tell us about the angels
singing?" asked Katie.
Iain going to tell you about them now, Katie.
Do you and Erny know what a shepherd is ?"
Oh yes, mamma," cried Erny, a shepherd is a
man who takes care of sheep, and the lambs. When
we were staying with uncle James in the summer, we
saw his shepherd taking care of the sheep, and we
watched him shut them up in the fold for the night."
"So you did, dear," said mamma; "I had for-
gotten about it."
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"There were some shepherds in the fields near
Bethlehem watching their flocks at night. They
were obliged in that country to take care of the sheep
by night as well as by day, for there were wild beasts
there; and if they were not very careful to watch,
perhaps a bear or a lion would come and carry a poor
little lamb away, and kill and eat it.
"While the shepherds were watching in the dark
night, all at once there was a bright light in the sky,
and looking up, they saw a shining angel; at first
they were very frightened, but the angel told them
not to fear, for he brought them good news. The
good news was that Jesus the Saviour was born in
Bethlehem, and he told them where they might find
him lying in his manger-cradle. Then a great many
angels joined the first one, and they all praised God
together, saying, Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace, good will toward men.' "
"And did the shepherds go to see Jesus, mamma?"
asked Katie.
Yes, dear, when the angels had gone away, they
left their sheep, and went at once to Bethlehem, and
they found Jesus just where the angel had told them
to look for him. And there were others, too, who
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went to see Jesus. A company of wise men took a
very long journey on purpose to see him. When


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they had travelled as far as Jerusalem, they asked
the king where they might find him; the king sent
them on to Bethlehem, but he could not quite direct
them to the place where Jesus was: God shewed
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Did he send an angel, mamma, as he did to the
shepherds ?" asked Erny.
No, dear, he did not send an angel this time, but
a bright star in the sky went before the wise men,
till at last it stopped over the place where Jesus was.
Then they went in and kneeled down before him,
and gave him the presents they had brought for
him."
"What did they give the Lord Jesus, mamma ?
said Katie.
Gold and frankincense and myrrh."
"What are they ?" asked Erny.
"You know what gold is, Erny ?"
Oh, yes, mamma, your watch is made of gold,
and some money is made of gold; but what are the
other things ?"
Frankincense and myrrh are sweet smelling
scents, which were thought very pleasant and pre-
cious, and were often given as gifts to kings. These
wise men brought them to Jesus because they
wanted to show their respect for him.
And now, my children," said mamma. by the
time we have sung a hymn I think dear papa will
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CHAPTER III.

"You remember what we talked about last sabbath
afternoon?" said mamma, as Katie and Ery brought
their little chairs, and sat down, one on each side
of her. "You know that when the wise men got
to Jerusalem, they asked some one to tell them where
Jesus was."
"Yes, mamma, they asked the king where they
were to find him, and he sent them to Bethlehem,"
said Katie.
You are right, and the king told them that when
they had found out the exact place where Jesus was,
they were to come back and tell him, for he pre-
tended that he too wanted to see Jesus, that he
might worship him. But King Herod, for that was
his name, was a wicked man, and he did not want to
worship Jesus; he only wished to find out where he
was, that he might kill him."
"Oh, mamma, how wicked !" said Erny. "Why
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I think it was because he did not like Jesus to
be called a king. The wise men when they came to
him, asked, Where is he that is born king of the
Jews ?' Herod wanted to be king himself, and he
did not like even the Lord Jesus to be king besides."
"Did the wise men tell Herod where Jesus was.
mamma ?" asked Erny.
"No, dear; God told them in a dream not to go
back to him. So they went home another way
And God sent an angel to Joseph, Mary's husband,
to tell him to take Mary and the child away to
Egypt, out of Herod's way. They then got up in
the night time, when it was dark, and started on
their long journey. They got safely to Egypt, and
stayed there some time till King Herod was dead,
then they returned to their own country again.
"Herod was very angry when he found that the
wise men did not come back to tell him where to
find Jesus; and as he did not know which little
baby in Bethlehem was Jesus, he sent his soldiers to
kill all .the little boy infants there, and then he
thought he should be quite sure to kill Jesus among
them."
"But he did not, mamma ?" cried Katie.
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No, dear, for God had taken care of Jesus, and
sent him safely away."
"Is there anything in the Bible about Jesus when
he was a little boy ?" asked Erny.
There is not very much said about that part of
his life, but one thing we are quite sure of, Jesus was
always good; and is it not pleasant to know that the
Lord Jesus was once a little child, and that he knows
just how little children feel, and what they want? so
when my Katie and Erny pray to him, he knows
them quite well, and how to help them.
"There is one story I will tell you about Jesus
when he was a child. Mary and Joseph used to
take a journey to Jerusalem every year. When Jesus
was twelve years old, he went with them. After
staying at the city a short time, Mary and Joseph
were ready to go home again, and they started on
their journey back, thinking that Jesus was with
them; for though they did not see him, yet, as they
had a great many friends travelling with them, they
felt sure that Jesus was somewhere safe among the
company. But after travelling all day, and seeing
nothing of their son, they got uneasy, and asked all
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But they could not find him, so they went back
to the city to look for him. Still they could not find
Jesus at first, but after looking for him three days,
they saw him sitting in the temple, in the midst of
a number of wise men, talking to them, and asking
them questions."
"What was the temple, mamma ?"
"It was a very large and beautiful building, to
which the Jews used to go to worship God. Mary
and Joseph were very much surprised when they
saw their son sitting among all those learned men,
and when they heard how wisely and well Jesus
talked with them; indeed, every one who heard him
was astonished."
And was not Mary glad to find Jesus, mamma?"
said Erny.
"Yes, dear, she asked him why he had stayed
away from her, and told him what a long search she
and Joseph had had for him. Jesus replied, How
was it you sought me ? did you not know I must be
about my Father's business ?' Mary and Joseph did
not understand this answer, but Jesus meant to say
that he had work to do for God, his Father, and that
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"Did Jesus go home with Mary and Joseph,
mamma ?" asked Erny.
Yes, he went back with them to their home in
Nazareth, and we are told that Jesus was subject to
them. He was obedient to his father and mother;
he did what they told him to do, and attended to
their wishes. Now do you not think, Katie and
Erny, that if the Lord Jesus, who was so wise and
good, obeyed his father and mother, that other little
children ought to do the same. And when children
are told to do anything, do you think it is right for
them to wait a long time before they begin, and
then set about it with very cross faces ?"
"No, mamma," said Katie; but Erny hung down
his head, and did not answer, and the colour came
into his face.
Ah, I see Erny knows that he did not do as Jesus
would have done yesterday," said mamma. I hope
to-morrow he will be obedient and good at once, when
I send for him to read to me; he will not oblige
mamma ever again to send for him twice, I think ?"
"No, dear mamma," said Erny, jumping up to
give and take a kiss. "I will try to be like Jesus."
Iet us kneel down now together," said mamma,
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" and ask him to help my children to be holy, and
loving, and obedient as he was when he was a little
child on earth"


CHAPTER IV.

"I HAVE rather a long verse for you to learn to-day,"
said mamma to Katie and Erny on the next sabbath
afternoon. "I think we will have the box of letters
down to help us. Will you go up to the nursery,
Katie, and ask nurse to bring it here for you ?"
"What is the verse, mamma ?" asked Erny, when
the box was brought.
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
"I will repeat it again very slowly, and you can
both say it after me; now again- once more-that
will do. We will try-now to spell the text with the
letters."
Kate and Ernest had read the verse two or three
times over; mamma covered it with a large book,
and found her children were able to repeat it quite
perfectly.
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We will leave the verse in the frame on the table
where we can see it," said mamma. "Do Katie and
Erny know whose words they have been learning ?"
No, mamma; but they are out of the Bible, are
not they ?" said Katie.
Yes, dear, the Lord Jesus spoke these words
when he was on earth. Though even the foxes
make holes in the earth to live in, and the little
birds had soft warm nests, he (for by the Son of
man he meant himself) had no home of his own;
for Jesus, when he lived on earth, was very poor.
He was rich in heaven, but he came to earth
to be poor and sorrowful, and at last to die a cruel
death for our sakes; and all because he loved us!
Now I want you to repeat after mamma two verses
of a hymn."

"Foxes have their place of rest,
Every little bird its nest;
He by whom the world was made
Had not where to lay his head.

He who is the Lord most high
Once was poorer far than I,
That I might hereafter he
Rich to all eternity."
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Will you tell us about some of the things Jesus
did, mamma?" asked Katie.


Sometimes people who were ill came to him, or
were brought to him by their friends, and he made
them well; sometimes deaf and dumb persons came
to him, and he cured them, and made them able to
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and those who were blind to see. Once Jesus was
on a journey, and as he was passing along the road
there were two poor blind men sitting by the side of
it, begging; they were very poor, for they could not
see to work. As Jesus passed by, they called out
'Have mercy on us, 0 Lord, thou Son of David!'
the people who were with Jesus told them to be
quiet; perhaps they thought Jesus would not like
to take the trouble to attend to them, but the blind
men again cried out aloud, Have mercy on us, O
Lord, thou Son of David!'"
"And did Jesus listen to them, mamma ?" asked
Erny.
"Jesus always listens to those who pray to him.
He stood still and called the men to him, and asked
them what they wanted; they replied, 'Lord, that
our eyes may be opened.' Jesus was sorry for the
poor men when he looked at them. I dare say they
-were tired, and poor, and sad; and he just touched
their eyes, and directly he did so they were able
to see."
Oh, mamma, how glad they must have been! I
think they must have loved Jesus very much," said
Katie.
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Besides making folks well who were ill, or blind,
or lame," said mamma, "Jesus did other kind
things. Once he was at a wedding feast: there were
a great many people present, and there was not
enough wine for them to drink, so Jesus told a
servant to fill six large water pots with water, and
when they were full, he made all the water into
wine. At another time, some of his disciples who
were fishermen had been out in their fishing boats all
the night, trying to catch fish, but they had not caught
any. I suppose they were tired, and did not think it
was any use to try any longer just then. But when
Jesus told them to let their nets into the sea again,
they obeyed him; and so many fishes came into the
net, that it was broken because it was so heavy."
"Who were the disciples of Jesus, mamma?"
asked Katie.
"Many of them were fishermen; they used to go
about with him as he went from one place to another:
for they loved him, and they liked to listen to his
words, and to see the great things he did. I will
tell you now of something else the Lord Jesus was
able to do."
"What was that, mamma ?"
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Sometimes Jesus made dead people alive again."
"Oh, mamma, how could he do that?" said
Erny.
"Jesus was able to do anything, because though
he lived on earth, and had a body like ours, he was
God as well as man; and you know there is nothing
too hard for God to do. Now shall I tell you another
short story, or are my children tired of sitting
still so long ?"
Oh no, mamma, please tell us the story," they
both said.
"One day, a man named Jairus came to Jesus,
and kneeling down at his feet, he worshipped him,
and said, 'My little daughter is very ill, and likely
to die; but come put thy hands upon her, and she
will get well and live.
Jesus went with Jairus, but he could not walk
very fast, because so many people followed him, and
crowded round him. Before they got to the house
where the little girl was, some one came to meet
them, and said to Jairus, 'Thy daughter is dead;
trouble not the Master.'
But Jesus said to him, 'Be not afraid; believe
only, and she shall be made well.' Jesus took three
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of his disciples with him into the house. They were
named Peter, James, and John. When he went into
the room where the little girl was lying, a number
of people were in it, crying because she was dead,
but Jesus said, 'Do not weep; she is not dead, but
sleepeth.' Jesus said she slept, for he knew how soon
he could bring her back to life, and as easily as he
could wake her if she was only sleeping: but those
present laughed in scorn at his words, so he put them
all out of the room, and taking the child's hand, he said,
'Maid, arise!' and she at once obeyed him, and was
able to take the food which Jesus told them to give
to her."
"Mamma," said Erny, "if the Lord Jesus had
been on earth, we could have asked him to make
little Mary alive again. Do you think he would
have done so if we had asked him ?"
The tears came into mamma's eyes at Erny's
question, for, about a year before, her dear little girl,
who was named Mary, had died; but she said, Per-
haps he would, darling, but you know Jesus can
hear now, when we pray to him, just as well as he
could hear those who spoke to him when he was on
earth."
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Yes, dear mamma, but you and papa prayed to
him to make little sister well, and not to let her die,
and so did I and Katie, mamma: how was it she did
not get well?"
Jesus always listens, Erny, when those who love
him pray, but he does not always give them what
they ask for. He often does not see it best to do so."
"Why did he not make dear little Mary well,
mamma, do you think ?" asked Katie.
Perhaps, dear, one reason was that he thought
if we remained all together in our home here, it would
be so happy, that we should forget to think about
the home with God that we are going to by-and-by;
so he took little Mary first to that home in heaven,
that we might think more about it, and about him.
One thing we are quite sure of, dear little sister is
safer and happier with Jesus than she was even with
papa and mamma.
And now shall we sing together ? What hymn
shall it be, Katie. I think it is your turn to choose
one?"
Let us have 'I'm a little pilgrim,' please, mamma."
So they went with mamma to the piano, and sung
with her these words-
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"I'm a little pilgrim,
And a stranger here:
Though this world is pleasant,
Sin is always near.
Mine's a better country,
Where there is no sin,
Where the tones of sorrow
Never enter in."



CHAPTER V.

" 0 MAMMA, come to the window and look, the
laburnum tree is blown down !" said Katie one Sun-
day afternoon, as her mamma opened the draw-
ing-room door.
"Yes, dear, I saw it fall just now; the wind is
very high indeed. How thankful we should be this
cold and wintry day, for our nice house and bright
fires and warm clothes. How kind God is to give us
all these good things!"
"Yes, dear mamma, and how kind he is to keep
us safe from harm," added Erny. "The wind and the
hail made such a noise in the night that we woke
up and called nurse, but she told us there was
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nothing to be afraid of, and that God sent the storm,
and could take care of us in it just as well as he
could in the bright sunshine."
"Yes, dear, and he kept you 'safe till morning
light.' Suppose I tell you of a storm when Jesus
was on earth, shall I ?"
"Please, mamma," said Ernest.
"I have told you that some of the disciples of
Jesus were fishermen. Sometimes Jesus went out
with them in their ships upon the Sea of Galilee.
Do not you think they must have been very pleased
to take him with them? Once he was in one of
their ships, and he said to those who were with him,
' Let us go over to the other side of the sea.' So
the disciples launched the ship, and set sail; but
after they had started some time, and had got a good
way from the land, a great storm of wind arose.
This made the sea very rough indeed, and the great
waves came rolling and tossing along, washing over
the sides of the ship, till it was almost full of water,
and the disciples were afraid that it would sink, and
that they would be drowned. They forgot in their
trouble and fright how kind and powerful Jesus was.
They came to him and awoke him, for Jesus had
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fallen asleep, and they cried, 'Lord, save us Master
carest thou not that we perish ?'"
"And what did Jesus do, mamma ?" asked Erny.
"He arose, and said to the wind and sea, 'Peace,
be still.' and in an instant the wind left off blowing,
and the tossing waves grew quiet, and there was a
great calm. Then Jesus said to the disciples, 'Why
are ye so fearful ? How is it that you do not trust
me to take care of you ?' I think they must have
felt sorry then that they had not trusted Jesus
better. They said to each other, 'What is this ?
Even the winds and sea obey him!' Now I want
you both to learn part of a verse from God's word."
Yes, mamma; please tell us what it is," said both
the children.
"'We know that all things work together for good
to them that love God.'"
When the verse was learned, mamma said, "Will
Katie and Erny always try to remember that if they
love God, there is only one thing they need ever be
afraid of?"
What is that, mamma ?" asked Erny.
"Doing what is wrong, and which does not please
God. Those who love him need never be afraid of
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anything else, because he is always watching over
them, and taking care of them, and making all that
happens to them turn out for their good."
"Mamma," said Katie, "if God loves us, why
does he let sorrowful things happen to us ?"
"Do you not think I love you, Katie ? When
you were ill last week, what was mamma obliged to
give you."
"Medicine, mamma."
"And was the medicine nice ?"
"No, mamma. I did not want to take it, but
you said I must."
What did I give you the medicine for ?"
To make me better, mamma, and take away the
bad pain in my head; and so it did."
"Yes, Katie, with God's blessing it soon made
you well again. Now I knew the medicine
was not pleasant, and that you would not like it;
but I knew too, that if you did not take it, you
would very likely get worse, and perhaps be very ill
indeed, so I gave it you because I loved you, and
wanted you to get well. Now, God lets sorrowful
things happen to us to make our hearts better, and
to teach us to think about him oftener, and to love
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him more. I dare say the disciples thought the
storm a very sorrowful and sad thing at the time;
but if it had not taken place, they would not have
seen what power Jesus had, and how well able he
was to take care of them in the storm."
"Mamma, will you hear us say some hymns?"
asked Erny.
"I think I will teach you a new verse of one
instead, if I can see to find it. I must stir the fire, and
make a blaze-now I can see better, ah! here it is!
Now, therefore, let us strive always
To cast all anxious fears away;
And firmly trust, in danger's hour.
In God's almighty love and power."

-------oo---

CHAPTER VI.

" MAMMA, what are you going to tell us about this
afternoon ?" asked Erny.
I intend to tell you of another wonderful thing
that the Lord Jesus did when he was upon earth,
Erny. I have only told you yet about a very few
of the kind and loving things that Jesus did; he
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always went about doing good. How pleasant it
will be when both of you can read for yourselves in
the Bible these beautiful stories, will it not ?"
"Yes, mamma," replied Katie, and papa says
he will give me a Bible for my very own when I
am six years old."
S" Do you think he will give me one when I am
six years old, mamma?" asked Erny.
"I dare say papa will, Erny, if you are able to
read it. Where are your little chairs ? I must
have you sit down quietly before I begin my story.
There, that will do. When Jesus was on earth, a
great many people came to him, some of them were
ill, or lame, or blind, and wanted him to make them
well; some of them wished to see the strange things
he did; some of them wanted to listen to his kind
and loving words. Once there were so many persons
coming to him, that Jesus and his disciples could
get no rest, and they could not even find time to
take their food: so Jesus said to the disciples, Come
away by yourselves for awhile, and rest.' And they
got into a ship, and went away to a lonely place at
some distance, and Jesus went with them. But
when the. people heard of his leaving, they followed
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him; some who saw him sail ran on fast by another
way to the place where he was going, and even got
there before him, and, altogether, a great number ot
people were gathered together."
But did Jesus want them to come to him just
then, mamma?" asked Katie.
Jesus may have been tired and would have been
glad to rest a while, but he was not angry because
the people came, nor did he send them away, oh, no,
he was sorry when he looked upon them, because
they had no one to teach them to love and serve
God. Then he began to teach them many things
himself; and those of them who were ill he made
well. When Jesus had attended to them all, he
went up a high hill, and sat down with his disciples."
And did the people go away, mamma ?" asked
Erny.
No, dear, they still remained. It grew later and
later in the day, yet they stayed on, although they
had no food with them, and there were no shops in
that lonely place where they could buy any thing.
The disciples said to Jesus, It is past supper time,
and the people have nothing to eat; will you not
send them away, that they may go into the towns
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and villages round, and buy food and get lodg-
ings ?"
But Jesus said, 'They need not go away, you must
give them food to eat.' The disciples were surprised
when Jesus said that, because they knew there were
so very many hungry people to be fed.
"But Jesus knew all the while what he was going
to do, and that he should be able to provide for
every one. He said to the disciples, How many
loaves have you ? go and see;' so they went to look,
and came back to Jesus, and said, 'We have here
five loaves and two small fishes; but what are they
among so many?'
"Jesus replied, 'Bring them hither to me.' Then
he told the people to sit down on the green grass,
and they did so. The disciples were told by Jesus
to divide the people into companies of fifty. So
fifty persons sat in one row, and fifty in another, till
all were seated in order; then Jesus took the five
loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven,
he gave thanks to God. Then he broke the bread
and gave it to the disciples, and they handed it to
the people who were sitting down on the grass.
Though there were only five loaves and two little
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fishes, Jesus made them enough to feed all those
thousands of hungry people who were gathered
together. Every one had as much as he wanted.
Altogether, there were about five thousand men pre-
sent, besides women and little children. Was it not
kind of Jesus to feed them all in that wonderful way ?"
Oh, yes, mamma," said both the children.
"But there is one thing I have not told you yet.
When all had had as much as they needed, Jesus
said to the disciples, Gather up the pieces, do not
let them be lost.' So they took them up, and found
that twelve basketsful were left. A great deal more
food was left than they brought to Jesus at first."
Mamma," said Katie, nurse taught us a verse
about Jesus this morning:-
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; he shall
gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them. in
his bosom."
That is a very sweet verse, Katie; I am glad you
repeat it so nicely. Hundreds of years before the
Lord Jesus came into the world, God put it into the
minds of the good men who wrote many parts of the
Bible, to write about his coming. One of these
holy men, who was named Isaiah, wrote the beautiful
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words you have just repeated to me. Jesus said of
himself, 'I am the Good Shepherd.' How like a
good shepherd he was to the poor people I have
been telling you about. How patient he was with
them, how lovingly he took care of them, teaching
them, feeding them, making them well!"
How kind Jesus always was, mamma," said Erny.
"Yes, darling, and he is kind still. We cannot
see him now, but he sees us always, and watches
over us. He will take care of my darlings. Every
day, if they ask him, he will teach them to do what
is right; he will help them to try to be kind and
loving like himself. I think Katie and Erny want
to be the Saviour's little lambs. Let us kneel down
and ask the Good Shepherd to bless and keep them
always."


CHAPTER VII.
"MAMMA, did you ask nurse to bring down our letter
box?" said Katie, as she came into the drawing-room
with Erny one sabbath afternoon.
"I did, dear, here it is. I should like you and
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Erny to put together a text with the letters, the
very first thing."
"Yes, mamma," said Katie, "you tell us what
letters to find, please, and we will put them together."
"Very well, dear, that will be a good plan,"
replied mamma.
In this way the text was soon completed; it
was, Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep
with them that weep. "
What does the verse mean, mamma?" asked
Katie.
It means that when we see other people glad
and happy, we should be pleased too; and when we
see others unhappy and in trouble, we should feel
sorry for them, and try to help them if we can.
Now I am going to tell you another story about the
Lord Jesus.
"When Jesus was on earth, though he was always
so good and kind, he had not a great many friends.
There was one house at a place called Bethany, that
the Saviour loved to visit. A brother and two
sisters lived in it. The brother's name was Lazarus.
the sisters were called Mary and Martha. They all
loved Jesus, and were very glad to see him. When
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he stayed with them Mary loved to sit quietly at
his feet, and to listen to what he said; but Martha
used to be busy in getting the supper ready. I am
afraid she had not much time to pay attention to his
wise and loving words. I think Jesus was some-
times sorry that Martha was too busy to listen to
him, but he loved all these dear friends very much.
Once a great sorrow came to this happy home.
.Lazarus was taken very ill; Mary and Martha sent
to Jesus, saying, 'Lord, behold he whom thou lovest
is sick.' It may be that they knew that Jesus could
make their brother well again, and they thought
that Jesus would hasten to them at once and cure
him. But Jesus did not see it best to go to them
directly; he remained two days longer in the place
where he was. Then he said to his disciples, Let
us go.
When Jesus came to Bethany, Lazarus was dead,
and had lain in the grave four days. A great many
friends had come to stay with Mary and Martha, to
comfort them in their sorrow and to weep with them.
As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him, but Mary stayed still in the
house. When Martha came to Jesus, she said to
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him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had
not died.'
Jesus wished to comfort her, and he told her
that her brother should be made alive again; but I
do not think she knew all that Jesus said to her, or
that he meant to make Lazarus alive again on that
very day.
"Martha soon went back to the house, and called
her sister Mary, telling her that Jesus was come, and
wanted her; then Mary went out and hastened to
Jesus, and fell at his feet, saying, 'Lord, if thou
hadst been here, my brother had not died.'
When Mary's friends saw her rise and leave the
house, they thought at first that she was going to
the grave of her brother to weep there, and they
followed her. Then finding she did not stop at
the grave, they still went with her, and so came with
her to Jesus. He was very sorry when he saw
Mary and her friends weeping, and the loving
Saviour wept with them.
Then Jesus asked where Lazarus was laid, and
they said, 'Lord, come and see;' so he went with
them to the grave. A large stone lay upon it. Jesus
said, 'Take away the stone,' and they took it away.
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"Then Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
prayed to his Father. When he had done so, he
cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!'
and although Lazarus was dead, he heard Jesus
speaking to him, and came forth from the grave
alive and well.
How glad Mary and Martha must have been to
have their dear brother with them again! How
much they must have loved Jesus for bringing him
back to them !"
Mamma," said Katie, why did not Jesus go at
once to Bethany to make Lazarus well when Martha
and Mary sent for him ?"
"I think it was most likely that Lazarus was
already dead by the time the message from his
sister reached Jesus. Jesus knew this, although the
messenger did not, for he knew all things. The
Saviour intended all the while to make Lazarus alive
again, but he waited first for a time.
"You remember I told you once of his calling
back Jairus's little daughter to life; that was a very
wonderful thing, but it would seem a more wonderful
thing still for Jesus to make Lazarus alive again
after he had lain for some time in the grave.
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Mary and Martha knew that the Lord Jesus was
God's own Son; but there were a great many people
who did not believe this, and Jesus wanted at this
time to show them that he was God, by doing what
only God could do. And many of those who were
present did believe on Jesus when they saw his
power.
Next Sunday I have something else to tell you
about Mary.
And now, my pets, put the letters away nicely in
the box: we must sing by-and-by. Dear papa wants
to have tea very early, because he is going to sit
with poor Mr. Wilson, who is ill. Ah! here is Ann
come with the tea-tray before we are quite ready
for her, and I see papa coming in at the gate.




CHAPTER VIII.

" MAMMA," said Erny, on the next Sunday afternoon,
"you promised to tell us something more about
Mary, the sister of Lazarus ?"
"Yes, mamma has not forgotten her promise.
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One day Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of
a man named Simon. Mary wanted to show how
much she loved the Saviour, so while he was sitting
at supper with Lazarus and others, she brought a
fine box full of very costly and sweet smelling
ointment, and breaking the box, she poured the
ointment on Jesus's head and feet, and the house
was filled with the pleasant perfume. This gift of
Mary's cost a good deal of money, but she did not
think any thing too good or too costly to give to the
Saviour. Some of the disciples were not pleased at
what she did. One of them, named Judas, who was
a wicked man, although he pretended to be the
friend of Jesus, said, 'Why was not this ointment
sold, and the money given to the poor?' Judas
said this not because he really cared about the poor,
but because he took charge of the money belonging
to Jesus and to the disciples, and he would like to.
have had this ointment sold, and to have kept some
of the money for himself, for he was a thief."
"Was Jesus angry with Mary, mamma?" asked
Katie.
"Oh no Jesus said to the disciples, 'Let her
alone: she has done right: you always have the
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poor with you, you can always be kind to them, but
me you have not always;' and he also said that
this thing Mary had done should be told all over the
world, and that so her name should never be
forgotten.
What is my little Erny thinking of so deeply ?"
I was thinking, mamma, how nice it would be
if Jesus lived on earth now, and we could see him,
and do things for him."
Though the Lord Jesus lives in heaven, you can
still do things for him, Erny."
How can we, mamma?"
"Jesus says that if we do kind things for those
who love him, he will be just as pleased as if we did
them to himself. Do you remember when you
were out riding with me the other day, we called at
Mrs. Brown's farm, and that she asked me to take
some luncheon ?'
"Yes, mamma, and you said, 'No, thank you, Mrs.
Brown, I took some before I came out, but my little
children were saying that they were very hungry
again just now, so if you will give them some of your
nice bread and butter, I shall be much obliged.' "
"You see that though I did not wish for
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any myself, I was very glad to see you both enjoy
your luncheon, and I was quite as much obliged to
Mrs. Brown as though she had given it to me."
"But what can children do for Jesus?" asked
Katie.
Even little boys and girls can often do something
for Jesus. Suppose you watch this week and see if
you cannot find some kind thing to do for his sake.
There is one way in which we can always show our
love to the Saviour."
"Will you tell us what it is, mamma?" asked
Erny.
Once when Jesus was talking to his disciples he
said, 'If ye love" me, keep my commandments;' he
meant if you love me, try to please me, by doing as
I have told you to do; so when you feel inclined to
be cross or unkind, you must try and think Jesus
would not like us to show naughty tempers; he was.
always gentle and loving. Or when you do not
want to do as mamma bids, you must think Jesus
obeyed his mother, and he will not be pleased if I do
not mind what mamma says."
After tea, Katie and Ernest climbed up into papa's
lap, and sat down, one on either knee.
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What did mamma tell you about this afternoon,
my dears ?" asked their papa.
Then the children told him about Mary's loving
gift to the Saviour.
Very well remembered," said papa, when they
finished. "Now I have a story to tell you about a
little boy.
Last Sunday I did not see George Bond in his
place at the Sunday school, and again this afternoon
I missed him from my class; so I said to the other
boys, 'Do yoi know why George Bond is not at
school ?' He has not got any shoes,' said one boy;
' He is very lame,' said another: so, after school I
thought I would go to see him. I knocked at the
door of the room where he lives, and George's voice
answered Come in.' I found him all alone, for
the poor boy has not any father, and his mother
was out; the room was clean, but it looked very
bare and poor. There were three broken panes
of glass in the window, and hardly any fire in the
tiny grate, although it is so cold to-day. George
looked as if he had not had much to eat, and
he was quite pale from the pain in his feet, be-
sides."
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"Poor little boy!" said Erny. "And was he glad
to see you, papa ?"
"Yes, dear, I think he was, and he said he was
very sorry he could not go to school.
"I noticed the last time he was there that his
shoes were very old, and it seems that a day or two
afterwards the shoes got so bad that he could not
wear them at all, and as his mother had no money
to buy others, he was obliged to go without. Then
poor George played about in the snow and got bad
chilblains, and to make matters worse, he trod on
some broken glass, and cut both his feet, and now they
are very sore indeed, and he is not able to walk at all.
"I promised to go and see him again, and to get
the doctor to go and dress the wounds on his feet,
for I fear they will be very bad indeed if they are
not well attended to."
Presently Katie slipped off her papa's knee, and
running to her mamma, she whispered, 'Mamma,
may I give George some of my socks and shoes ? I
think the Lord Jesus would like me to help that
poor little boy, and to be kind to him."
"I am sure he would, but you know your socks
and shoes were bought with papa's and mamma's
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money, and if you were to give them away, we should
have to get some more for you. So, after all, they
would be papa's and mamma's gift to George rather
than yours; and, besides, a little girl's shoes would not
fit him. If my little girl really wants to help this
poor boy, she must try and think of some other
way to do so."
Just then a gentleman called to see papa; while
he was in the drawing-room, Katie and Erny quietly
whispered a good while to each other in one corner
of the room. After he left, they both ran up to
mamma again, and Erny said,
"Katie has thought of such a nice plan now,
mamma "
What is it, dear ?" asked mamma.
A few days before, grandpapa had- given each of
the children some money to spend; they were to do
just what they liked with. it, and they had intended
to put their money together, and to buy a large
'Noah's Ark' with it, but now they said that they
would like to buy some socks and shoes for George
Bond instead.
Mamma told them that they had better think
about it till to-morrow, and if they then still wished
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to spend their money in that way, she would agree
to it.
When Monday came they had not altered their
minds, and very happy they were when they went
with mamma to buy the socks, and order the shoes,
that they might be ready for poor'George as soon
as he could put them on.

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CHAPTER IX.

" MAMMA, see what papa has given me !" cried Erny,
running up to his mamma, and holding out a little
book in his hand.
"And papa has given me one, too," said Katie,
and he says it is the very same book of hymns that
the boys at his ragged school used to sing from:
may we sing a hymn from it this afternoon, please
mamma ?"
I am not sure that you know any of the hymns
in it."
But we can learn some, dear mamma, if you will
teach us."
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So you can; let me look at the book; ah! here
are two or three at any rate that you and Erny
sometimes say to me, and here is one you partly
know, I should like you to learn it quite well; sup-
pose I read it, and you repeat it after me a few times,
and then we will try to sing it together."
So first Katie and Ernest sung the hymn be-
ginning,
"When' his salvation bringing,
To Zion Jesus came,
The children all stood singing
Hosanna to his name.

Nor did their zeal offend him,
But as he rode along,
He let them still attend him,
Well pleased to hear their song."


When they had finished, mamma said, I think
you will better know what you have been singing
about when you have listened to mamma's story
this afternoon."
"A very few days before the Lord Jesus died
upon the cross, he went with his disciples to Jeru-
salem. When they were come within a short dis-
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tance of the city, he said to two of them, 'Go into
the village which is close by, and there just as you
enter it you will find an ass tied up, and a colt with
her upon which no one has ever yet sat. Untie
them, and bring them to me; and if any one asks
you why you take them, say, 'The Lord hath need
of them, and they will let them go.'
So the two disciples left Jesus, and went into the
village. There they found the ass and the colt, and
they unloosed them, and came back with them to
Jesus. The disciples, to show their respect and
love for the Saviour, took some of their clothing
and threw it over the backs of the ass and the
colt, and then Jesus sat upon the colt, and rode
on it into Jerusalem. There were a great many
people there at this time, and when they heard
that Jesus was on his way thither, great numbers
of them came to meet him, carrying branches of
palm-trees in their hands, and crying, 'Hosanna:
Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the
name of the Lord.' "
What does 'Hosanna' mean, mamma ?"
"It means 'Save now,' it was as if the people
had said 'Save, 0 God. Save and prosper Jesus,
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our king, the King of Israel.' A very great many
persons took their garments, and spread them on the
ground, that Jesus might ride over them; others cut
branches from the trees, and strewed them along the
road. Some of those who went along with Jesus to
Jerusalem were present when he raised Lazarus
from the dead, and some who had not seen that
great miracle had heard of it from others, and they
too came to see and to honour him who alone could
do such mighty things.
Some of the people walked before Jesus, others
followed him; when they got quite near to the city,
they lifted up their voices, praising God, and crying,
' Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of
the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the
highest.' "
"That was something like the song the angels
sang when Jesus was born," said Katie.
"I am sorry to tell you that there were some
present who did not join in the Saviour's praises.
They did not believe that he was the King of Israel,
and the Son of God, and they did not like to hear
the disciples and the multitude with them crying,
'Hosanna.' So they asked Jesus to reprove his
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disciples for doing so; but he told them, saying, 'I
tell you that if these should hold their peace, the
stones would cry out.' He meant that if men would
not praise him, God could give the very stones
voices that they might be able to do so.
"At last Jesus came to Jerusalem. Those who
were in the city were surprised to see such a large
crowd, and they asked, 'Who is this?' Then some
of those who came with him, said, 'This is Jesus.'
After Jesus had entered the city, he went into the
temple, and while he was there, blind and lame
people came to him to be made well, and he cured
them."
"But, mamma," said Erny, "you have not told
us about the children singing Hosanna.' "
"I think it is most probable, Erny, that a good
many children were among the crowd who came
with Jesus to Jerusalem; very likely they helped
cut down the branches of the trees, and joined in the
songs of praises; but we are plainly told that there
were children in the temple, and they lifted up their
young voices, crying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!'
Some persons were present who did not love Jesus,
and they did not like to hear the children praising
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him, but the Saviour listened gladly as they sang
'Hosanna! Hosanna!'"


SI should like to have been there, and to have
helped them," said Erny.
"Does my little boy remember what the hymn
says ?-
Yet still to his footstool in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share in his love;
And if I thus earnestly seek him below,
I shall see him and hear him above.'
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Jesus is as pleased to listen now when little chil-
dren pray to him and praise him, as he was to hear
the hosannas sung by the children of Jerusalem.
And think of the glad time coming by-and-by, when
if we have loved him on earth, we shall go to be
with him in heaven."
I can see papa coming," cried Erny. "I wonder
if George Bond was at school this afternoon ?"
I do not think it is likely that he is well enough
to walk yet, but perhaps papa can tell us something
about him."
And papa told the little folks that he had been to
see George, who was very pleased with the nice
warm socks and shoes they had sent him. The
shoes he was not yet able to wear, but his feet were
getting better, and he hoped to be at school the
Sunday after next if they continued to heal. Katie
and Erny were very glad to hear poor George was
better, and I do not think they ever felt sorry they
had spent the money grandpapa gave them in the
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CHAPTER X.
"Do you remember what mamma told you about
last Sunday ?" asked mamma of her little boy and
girl, when they had taken their seats beside her on
the next sabbath afternoon.
Oh, yes, mamma," replied Katie, "you told us
about the Saviour riding into Jerusalem, and the
people strewing branches of trees along the road,
and about the little children crying Hosanna."
And do you remember," said mamma, "that I
told you this happened only a very little while
before Jesus was crucified? Now I am going to-
day to tell you about the very last evening before
his death. He wished to spend it with his disciples,
so he told Peter and John to prepare supper in a
large room at Jerusalem, and they had done so. It
was a sorrowful time. Jesus knew that on the
morrow he must die a cruel death. Wicked men
had tried to take the Saviour prisoner before, and
they had taken up stones to stone him (that was
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one way the Jews had of putting people to death);
but he had escaped from their hands, and had kept
himself from being hurt by them until the time
came for him to die: that time now was nearly
come.
And did the disciples know that Jesus was going
to die?" asked Erny.
"Yes, dear, for he had told them before what
must happen to him, and again on this sad evening
he said he was going to leave them; but he tried to
comfort them, telling them not to let their hearts be
troubled and not to be afraid, for he was going to
heaven to prepare a home for them there, and that
by-and-by he would take them to himself.
While they were sitting at supper, Jesus said
something which made the disciples very sad. He
said to them, 'One of you shall betray me;' he
meant by that- one of you sitting here with me at
supper is not really my friend, one of you will help
those who hate me to take me that they may put
me to death.
The disciples were very grieved when Jesus said
this; first one of them, and then another asked,
saying, 'Lord, is it I ?'
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One of them, whose name was John, was sitting
next to him at the table, and leaned his head on the
Saviour's bosom. Peter told him to ask which of
them it was who should do this wicked thing.
Jesus replied, 'He it is to whom I shall give a sop;'
and when he had made the sop, he gave it to Judas.
Was it not sad that Judas should go about
with Jesus as if he loved him, while he did not
really love him? As they were eating, the Lord
Jesus took some bread in his hand, and when he
had given thanks he broke it and gave it to the dis-
ciples, saying to them, 'Take, eat; this is my body
which is given for you: this do in remembrance of
me.' Jesus did not mean that the bread he gave
them was really his body; but he meant, when you
see the bread broken-and eat of it, then think of me
your Lord and Saviour, and how I gave myself to
suffer and to die for your sakes.
After this he took a cup of wine, and when he
had again given thanks, he gave it to the disciples.
that they might all drink of it, and he said unto
them, 'This is my blood which is shed for you: this
do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of
mle.'
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After Jesus had gone back to heaven, the disciples
often met together, with others who had learned to
love him also, to eat bread and drink wine in
memory of him as he had told them, and ever since
then Christian people have loved to meet for the
same purpose.
"When supper was quite over, and after Jesus
had talked a long while with his disciples, and had
prayed to his Father in heaven, asking him to bless
and keep them, they sang a hymn together, and
then they left the house, and went as far as a hill
called the Mount of Olives, and Jesus took the dis-
ciples with him into a garden called the Garden of
Gethsemane; he had often been with them there
before."
"And did he take Judas with him this time,
mamma?" asked Erny.
"No. Judas had left him some time before.
He went away after Jesus gave him the sop."
"Mamma," said Erny, "why do you think the
Lord Jesus wished to go to the Garden of Geth-
semane in the dark night time after supper?"
Jesus went there to pray, for he was very sor-
rowful, but the disciples sat down and slept: Jesus
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wished Peter and James and John to keep awake,
and to watch with him, but they too fell asleep.
At last the quiet garden sounded with the tread
of many feet, and lights were seen among the trees.
Who could be coming there at that time to disturb
the Saviour? It was Judas, but he did not come
alone; he brought with him a band of men, with
swords and staves, and lanterns and torches."
"Why did they come, mamma ?" said Katie.
"They came to take Jesus. Judas had told the
men that him whom they saw he kissed, they were
to take and hold fast and lead away safely. So he
came near to Jesus, and said, 'Master, master,' and
kissed him. Then the men laid hands on the Lord
and took him."
Did not the other disciples try to get Jesus
away from them, mamma ?" asked Katie.
"No, they forsook him and fled; but shortly
afterwards, Peter drew his sword and struck one of
the men with it, and cut off his ear; but Jesus
touched it and made it well again, telling Peter to
put up his sword, and saying that if he wished it
God could directly send him an army of angels to
fight for him. But Jesus did not desire this, he was
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willing to be taken, willing to suffer and to die:
for he knew he was to die for the sins of the world.
Jesus was taken to the high-priest's house. The
high-priest as well as many others tried to find some
reason for putting Jesus to death, but although they
found people to say what was not true about him,
they could find none. At last they asked him if he
was the Son of God, and Jesus said, 'I am,' and
because he replied thus, and told them that they
would see him sitting at the right hand of God, and
coming in the clouds of heaven, these wicked men
said the Lord Jesus was guilty and worthy of death.
The high-priest allowed him to be very cruelly
treated; and he who was so holy, and kind, and
loving was mocked and struck, and even spat upon,
yet he bore all patiently.
"And now, my darlings," said mamma, ( our time
is nearly gone for this afternoon. Next Sunday, if all
is well, mamma will tell you more about Jesus and
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CHAPTER XI.
"OH, mamma, what have you there ?" cried Erny,
as mamma came into the drawing-room, carrying a
long roll in her hand.
"I wonder if my little boy and girl can guess ?"
said mamma, smiling. "Take the parcel to the
table, and then unwrap it very carefully."
The parcel was soon found to contain a large
coloured picture, a view of the Garden of Gethse-
mane. She had bought it for her children some
days before, but she had kept it to give on Sunday
afternoon.
"And now, mamma," asked Erny, "are you going
to tell us something more about Jesus ?"
"Yes, my dear; you know to whose house Jesus
was brought from the Garden of Gethsemane."
"It was to the high-priest's, mamma."
"Yes, Erny, and there he remained for the rest of
the night. When the morning came, the wicked
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men still wanted to put the holy Saviour to death,
but they could not do so lawfully without getting
leave from the governor, who was named Pontius
Pilate. So they bound Jesus, and led him away to
this man.
"Pilate did not know or love Jesus; but when he
had spoken to him, and heard what was said by
those who brought him, he could find no reason for
his death, he asked, What evil hath he done?' He
wished to let him go, but the cruel men cried out,
'Crucify him! crucify him!' Once more Pilate
said, 'Why, what evil hath he done? I find no
cause for putting him to death; I will chastise him
and let him go.' But again more loudly arose the
horrid cry, Crucify him?'"
Oh, mamma," said Erny, "how could they wish
to kill the blessed Saviour, who had always been so
kind and good ?"
"At last Pilate let the people have their sinful
wish. He did not himself desire to have Jesus put
to death, and he ought not to have allowed it to be
done, for he knew that Jesus did not deserve to die;
yet to please the people he scourged him, and then
gave him up to them, that he might be crucified."
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What did you mean, mamma," asked Katie,
"when you said Pilate scourged Jesus ?"
"I meant that he caused him to be beaten in a
very severe and painful way. After this, Pilate's
soldiers led the Saviour into another hall, and there
they put a scarlet robe upon him, and when they
had platted a crown of thorns that it would hurt
him to wear, they placed it on his head, and putting
a reed in his hand they knelt before him mocking
him in his pain and sorrow, and saying, Hail, King
of the Jews!' then taking the reed from his hand,
they struck him with it and spat upon him."
Oh, why did Jesus let them do all this to him?"
said Katie."
I will try to tell you, my darling. The soldiers
then took off the scarlet robe and put his own
clothes on Jesus again, and then they led him away
to be crucified. They made him carry his own
cross, but it was so heavy and he was so weak and
weary that a man named Simon was obliged to assist
him. When they came to a place called Calvary,
he was nailed upon the cross. Two others were
crucified there at the same time, but they were
wicked men, and deserved to be punished. One of
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these thieves was placed on the right hand of Jesus,
the other on his left. Pilate wrote upon the cross,
above the Saviour's head, 'This is the King of the
Jews.' The soldiers who crucified him divided his
clothes amongst themselves, and then they sat down
to watch him."
"Did it not kill Jesus to be nailed to the
cross ?"
"He did not die directly. He prayed for those
who treated him so cruelly, saying, 'Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do.' He lived
for some hours afterwards, and people who passed by
him shook their heads in mockery, and said, If thou
be the Son of God, come down from the cross. He
saved others, himself he cannot save.' Even one of
the thieves who was crucified with him said, 'If
thou be Christ, save thyself and us;' but the other
rebuked him, saying, 'We deserve to die, for we
have been very wicked, but Jesus has done nothing
wrong;' and he prayed to Jesus, saying, Lord,
remember me when thou comest into thy king-
dom.' And the Saviour listened to him and replied,
STo-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'
After Christ had suffered on the cross for a long
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while, he said, 'I thirst;' and one of the soldiers gave
him vinegar to drink. Having taken it, he cried, It
is finished;' and bowed his head and died.
Then many strange and unusual things hap-
pened; the earth shook, the rocks were rent, and the
graves opened, and the vail of the temple was torn
from the top to the bottom."
"What was the vail of the temple?" inquired
Erny.
"It was a large curtain hung to separate one
part of the temple from the other.
"Now when some who stood by saw these strange
things happen, they were frightened, and an officer
who was there with the soldiers said, 'Truly this
man was the Son of God!'
By-and-by the soldiers came and looked at the
two thieves who were crucified, and finding them
still alive, they broke their legs in order to hasten
their death. Jesus was already dead; but they took
a spear and thrust it into his side, and from it flowed
out blood and water.
When the evening was come, a good and a rich
man named Joseph went to Pilate and asked him it
he might have the Saviour's body. Pilate gave him
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leave to take it away, so he removed it from the
cross, and wrapping it in fine linen with sweet spices,
he buried it in a new grave within a garden, and
rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.
"Did not one of my little darlings ask me just
now why the Lord Jesus suffered himself to be
treated so cruelly ?
"It was because he loved us. You know that
we have often sinned; no one ever lived in the
world who was always good, except Jesus. Now
God is quite holy; he hates sin; he said if we dis-
obeyed him, we must be punished. Jesus pitied us;
he knew that we could never get to heaven to be
happy and holy with God, if he did not show us the
way; so he came from his bright home above to
this world; he came to be poor and to die; he
came to bear our sins instead of us. God had
said sin must be punished; Jesus said, 'Forgive sin-
ners; I will suffer instead.' And God so loved us,
that he did not spare his only Son to suffer and to
die that we might be forgiven.
"Now let us kneel down together, and thank
God for loving us so much, and ask him to
forgive us and bless us because Jesus died; and ask
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him to give his Holy Spirit, that we may believe
in Jesus as our Saviour, and become like Jesus as
our Pattern."




CHAPTER XII.

" As I passed the nursery door this morning, I
think I heard you both saying a hymn to nurse:
what hymn was it, Erny ?"
"It was-
'This is the day when Christ arose
So early from the dead.'

Do you know the hymn, mamma? Nurse says she
knew it when she was a little girl."
Yes, dear, I know it very well; it was one of the
first I was able to repeat when a child."
"Mamma," said Erny, "I think I love Sunday
best of all the days."
I hope you will always do so, Erny, it is the
best day of all the seven; and now I am going to
tell you about a very happy thing that happened
on a Sunday."
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"I think I know what you mean, mamma," said
Katie, for we were talking with nurse this morning,
and she said she thought perhaps you would tell us
to-day about the Saviour's coming back to life again;
and I am sure that was a very happy thing: how
glad the disciples must have been !"
"Yes, dear, they were so glad that they could
hardly believe at first that they really saw him. And
now shall I tell you the story ? Very early on the
first day of the week after the Lord Jesus was cruci-
fied, a company of women who loved him walked to
his grave; they took with them sweet-smelling
spices to lay upon his body. When they got to the
place where Joseph had laid him, they found that
the great stone which had been put at the door of
the tomb was moved. Before they came, a bright
shining angel had come down from heaven, and
rolled it away. The women went into the grave,
but they did not see the body of their dear Lord
there; and as they wondered what had become of
it, two angels stood by them in shining garments,
and they were afraid when they saw them, and
bowed their faces down to the earth. The angels
said, 'Why do you look for the living among the
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dead? Jesus is not here; he is risen. Remember
what he told you, that he would rise from the dead
after three days.'
Then they recollected what Jesus had said.
And they went and told the disciples that the Lord
had risen; but they did not believe that the good
news was true.
Another woman named Mary Magdalene, who
had been still earlier to the grave, came running to
Peter and John, saying, 'They have taken away
the Lord out of the grave, and we do not know
where they have laid him.' Mary was very sor-
rowful, for she thought the Saviour's body had been
removed; she did not know that it lived again,
never to die any more. Then Peter and John ran
to the grave to look for themselves. John reached
it first, and, stooping down, he looked in, and after-
wards both Peter and he entered it, but they could
not see a body lying there, only the grave-clothes
in which it had been wrapped. They then went to
their own homes, but Mary stayed by the grave weep-
ing. Presently she looked into it, and saw the two
angels sitting there, one in the place where the
Saviour's feet had been, the other wherr his head
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had lain. The angels asked her why she was crying,
and she said, 'Because they have taken away my
Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.'
"As Mary drew back again from the grave, she
saw some one standing by her, but she did not
know that it was Jesus, she supposed that it was the
gardener. He said to her, 'Woman, why weepest
thou ? whom seekest thou ?' Mary replied, 'Sir, if
you have taken him away, tell me where you have
laid him.' Then said Jesus to her, Mary,' and she
then knew that it was Jesus himself who spoke. Oh
how glad she must have felt to see him alive again!
Jesus soon sent her to his disciples. She found
them still mourning because their Lord was dead;
and when she told them that he was alive again,
and that she had seen him, and spoken with him,
they could not believe her.
Afterwards, on the same day, Jesus showed him-
self to two other friends, and to Peter also; but still
the rest of the disciples could not believe that he
was risen indeed. So when the evening was come,
and they were together in one room, Jesus suddenly
stood in the midst of them. They did not see him
come, but they looked and he was there, and he
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spoke to them, saying, 'Peace be unto you.' At
first they were frightened, they could not even
then believe that it was Jesus himself; but he bade
them look at his hands and feet, into which the
nails had been driven, and showed them the hole
in his side which the soldier's spear had made; and
while they wondered, and hardly yet believed for
joy, he asked them, 'Have ye here any meat?' and
they gave him a piece of broiled fish to eat, and
some honeycomb.
"After this the disciples saw Jesus again several
times; at last the time came for him to ascend to
his bright home in heaven.
One day he took the disciples with him to the
top of a high hill, called the Mount of Olives, and
when there, he talked with them, and told them
what they must do for him after he had left them,
how they must travel about and teach others to
know and love and serve him, and how he would
always really be with them although they would not
see him. And then he lifted up his hands and
blessed them, and as he did so he was taken from
them, and received up into heaven where he sat
down at God's right hand."
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And did the disciples see Jesus go up to heaven,
mamma ?" asked Erny.
They watched him for a while, until a cloud hid
him from their sight, and then they went back to
Jerusalem with great joy.
"Do not you think they were glad that the
Saviour's pain and sorrow were all over; and that
he had gone to heaven never to suffer any more ?
They were glad, too, because Jesus had given
them work to do for him; they were glad because
they knew that he would always help them, and
love them, and care for them, and because they
knew that by-and-by they would go to be with him
for ever and ever.
Here is dear papa; perhaps he would like to
hear his little boy and girl sing a hymn. Shall
mamma choose one to-day ? Then let it be this--
"Lord, a little band and lowly,
We are come to sing to thee;
Thou art great, and high, and holy,
Oh, how solemn we should be!
Fill our hearts with thoughts of Jesus,
And of heaven where he is gone,
And let nothing ever please us
He would grieve to look upon."
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CHAPTER XIII.
I WONDER what mamma is going to tell us about
this afternoon ?" said Katie.
"I know," replied Erny, "for I asked her as we
walked along, and she said she would tell us of a
promise the Lord Jesus made to the disciples before
he went up to heaven."
Just then Mrs. Stancombe came into the room.
" I am late, little folks," said she, but I see you
are quite ready for me. Where is the letter box
put ? Oh, there it is on the side table, bring it to
me, Katie; and, first of all, we will put together a
text that I want you both to learn."
What is it, mamma ?" inquired Erny.
Suppose I find it for you in Katie's Bible; this
is it, John xiv. 16. And I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another Comforter, that he
may abide with you for ever."
After Mrs. Stancombe had helped Katie and Erny
to put the verse in the frame, they read it over
several times, and at last when mamma covered it.
over with her handkerchief, the children were able
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to repeat it to her quite well without one mistake.
Then they took their low chairs, and sat down beside
her.
Do you remember," asked Mrs. Stancombe,
"two or three Sundays ago, I told you about the
last evening the Lord Jesus spent with his disciples,
before he was crucified ?"
Oh yes, mamma," said Katie; Jesus and his
disciples had supper together, and the disciples were
very sad, because Jesus told them he was going
away from them."
Yes," added Erny, "and you said Jesus tried
to comfort them, mamma."
"He did, my darling; he told them not to be
troubled, for he was going back to heaven to get a
place there ready for them, and that, by-and-by,
they too should go there, and be always with him.
He told them also that God, his Father, loved them,
and would listen to their prayers for his sake, and
he gave them the promise you have been learning
this afternoon. Jesus said that unless he went away
the Holy Spirit would not come, but that, he would
send the Holy Spirit down to them, to stay with
them always, to comfort them, to teach them, to
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put them in mind of all he had said to them while
he was on earth."
"And did Jesus send the Holy Spirit?" asked
Katie.
Oh yes," said Erny, "he must have done so,
because the Lord Jesus always keeps his promises,
does he not, mamma ?"
Yes, dear, and mamma will tell you presently
about the day when the promise was kept.
Before Jesus went back to his Father, he told
the disciples that they were to stay in the city of
Jerusalem, until the Holy Spirit should come to
them. Do you remember, Katie, where the disciples
saw Jesus on earth for the last time?"
Yes, mamma, you told us that they went with
him to the top of a high hill, called the Mount of
Olives, and that Jesus was taken from them there,
and they watched him go up higher and higher,
until a cloud hid him from their sight."
"That is right, dear. After their Lord had left
them, they went back to Jerusalem, where they
used to meet together in an upper room. I do not
know, but I think, perhaps, it was the same room in
which Jesus had had that last sad and sorrowful
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supper with them before he was crucified; others
who loved Jesus, met with them there. Mary, his
mother, and several good men and women besides.
Should you like to know how they spent the time ?
A great deal of it was spent in praying to God; and
I dare say they loved to talk together of Jesus, and
of what he had done and said, while he was with
them. Perhaps they spoke, too, of the happy time
when they would go to be with him for ever, in his
Father's home above."
Mamma," asked Erny, "was Judas with the
disciples then? Did they let him stop with them
after he had been so wicked as to help the cruel men
to take Jesus ?"
No, Judas was now dead; he died a very sad
death. When he knew that Jesus was about to be
put to death, he was very unhappy; he felt how
sinful he had been, and took back the money that
was given him for showing the men where to
find the Lord, and then he went and hanged
himself.
While the disciples were waiting in Jerusalem.
a good man, named Matthias, was chosen to take
Judas's place among them.
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