Sunday School at Home
It was raining hard one Sunday, and a little girl was looking out of the window, afraid it might keep her from going to Sunday School.
She had learned to love the Saviour and knew that her sins had been washed away by His precious blood. Her mother was a Christian, and they were a great comfort to each other. Her father was not saved but let his wife and child do as they pleased, for he loved them both very much.
This rainy Sunday he told his little girl it was too wet to go out, and said, “Suppose we have Sunday School at home today, you and I.”
She said, “Then you will be the teacher, and I will be your pupil.”
So she got her Bible and two hymn books, and put two chairs opposite each other, and then said, “Now, Father, school is ready.”
He sat down on the chair opposite his little girl and asked, “What must I do?”
“You must give out a hymn to begin with.” “But, my dear, I don’t know any of these hymns, and I don’t know the tunes.”
“Perhaps, then, you will let me give out a hymn that I can sing, and you can help me.” She soon found a hymn that she knew well. It was her favorite, and it told of the Lord Jesus coming from Heaven to seek and to save the lost, and how that on Calvary He shed His blood for the cleansing of sins. She began singing, and the words were carried home in power to his heart. He could not sing for a choking feeling in his throat, and it was hard work to keep back the tears. He did not know what he was bargaining for when he offered to be Sunday School teacher, and as soon as the hymn was over he was going to leave the room.
“Father, we’re not done yet,” she said.
“I think we’ve had enough,” he said as he sat down again. “What must we do now?”
“Father, you must pray.”
“My child, I cannot,” he said.
“But Father, we always pray after we sing a hymn, and you wanted to have Sunday School,” she said, looking up pleadingly into his face.
A great struggle was going on in his heart, which was softened under the words of the hymn that was just sung, and now what was he to do. Would he break his word, or yield? The beseeching look of his little girl brought him to his knees, but his heart was too full to allow him to speak.
His little girl, seeing he did not begin, gave him a nudge with her elbow, and said, “Father, pray.” He could hold in no longer and burst into tears and sobs.
Just then the door was opened by his wife, who had been praying for him for years. Quickly she kneeled at his side, and earnestly united her prayers with her husband’s. God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shone into his heart, and he was saved. Many times after did they thank God for that wet Sunday that brought about such blessed results.
“The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” II Peter 3:9
A BURNING APPEAL General William Booth
“Not called,” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. He has been calling loudly ever since He spoke your sins forgiven (if you are forgiven at all), entreating and beseeching you to be His ambassador. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull poor sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonizing heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go and stand by the gates of Hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there; and then look the Christ in the face, whose mercy you profess to have, and whose words you have promised to obey, and tell Him whether you will join us in heart, soul, body and circumstances in this march to publish His mercy to all the world.
Get up! Shake yourself! Act! Do something! Do it at once! Go on doing it! Do it with all your might! Spare no pains! Never stop anymore! Read, pray, talk, sing, give! Do anything you can everything that seems likely to make people know the truth about themselves, Heaven and Hell. God will help you. He helps those that help themselves especially when they are trying to help someone else. He is pleased for you to help yourself to all the salvation He has given you, but He is ten thousand times more pleased when you set to work to help other people to Christ. “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:13,14