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The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner

Vanity Fair

William Thackery

Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross

The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois

Boys and girls playing, and other addresses to children

by John Charles Ryle (bp. of Liverpool.)


>Yf|YEAK CHILDREN,—I am going to talk TiXX ^° you a^ou* Jesus Christ and your souls. I want to make you happy. But I knowthat people are never really happy unless their souls are happy; and I am sure that people's souls cannot be happy unless they love Jesus Christ. And that is the reason why I am going to preach to you now: I want to tell you something about Jesus Christ and your souls.

Dear children, I hope you will all attend, while I talk to you. I pray that the Spirit of God may come into your hearts, and make you able to do so. Try to listen to me; try to understand what I say; try to remember and carry away something in your minds. I wish to do you all a great deal of good. Do not forget I am preaching to you,—not to the grown up people,—but to you, only to you.

Now just think what a pleasant text we have got here. It is said: "I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me."

These are sweet words indeed; and who do you think says them? They are said by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world. He is called "Wisdom" in this chapter. But we know it means Jesus Christ, for there are things said about Wisdom in this chapter which cannot be said truly about anyone but Jesus Christ Himself.

Come now and let us see what Jesus Christ says. Listen, dear children, for this is very important.

I. He tells us: "I love them that love Me." Now what can we make out of this?

First of all, do you not think it is very pleasant to hear that there are people whom Jesus Christ loves? You know we all like to be loved in this world: only think how disagreeable it would be for you and me if there was nobody alive who loved us. Suppose that no man or woman cared a bit for us,—suppose that everybody neglected us, and left us alone; what should we do? We should be wretched, and miserable, and unhappy! I am sure we all like to be loved.

Well, then, just consider what a blessed thing it must be to be loved by Jesus Christ,—by the Son of God Himself.

You know that sometimes people love us in this world, and yet can do nothing for us. Your dear fathers and mothers love you, but perhaps they are poor, and cannot buy what you want; or perhaps they are sick, and very old, and can do nothing to help you.

But, dear children, these are things that can never happen to Jesus Christ, and I will tell you why.

Jesus Christ is very great: He is King of kings, and Lord of lords; He is Maker of all things: He is God Himself. He is Almighty: He is able to do anything whatsoever He likes.

Oh, what a thing it must be to be loved by Jesus Christ!

And again, Jesus Christ is very rich. He has got everything to give away which you can want, either for soul or body. He keeps the keys of heaven. He has got an endless store of blessings in His treasure house, far more than I could describe.

Oh, what a thing it must be to be loved by Jesus Christ!

And again, Jesus Christ is very good. He never refuses any one who asks Him favours in a proper way. He was never known to say "No!" to any person who made a prayer to Him with a meek and humble heart.

Oh, what a thing it must be to be loved by Jesus Christ!

Dear children, consider these things. Do you want a great friend? Do you want a rich friend? Do you want a kind friend? Is this the sort of friend you would like? Then be sure there is no friend in all the world like Jesus Christ. There is no love so well worth having as the love of Jesus Christ.

Blessed and happy are those whom Jesus Christ loves. I could not tell you a tenth part of all the great things He does for their souls.

He pardons all their sins. He forgives all the bad things they do. He washes them in His own blood, and makes them whiter than snow, so that not a spot remains. Dear children, I think that is just what you and I want. We have all sinned many, many sins.

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