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Written by W.M. Mitchell   


Dear Children:—In the first chapter of Ecclesiastes we are told that “All things are full of labor” and that “man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” So it is no so it has been, and so it must continue to be.

We are in a world of toil and labor, and however weary we may at times be, or how well we may perform our service, yet the same thing often has to he repeated day by day, or month after month, till we have “as an hireling filled our days” and go to our final resting place.

But amidst all this toil and labor, we have some things to cheer us on our way. All our work is not to be done at once. There is just so much to be done each minute, each hour, each day, month or year. If we are diligent in business and attend promptly to the demands upon us at the right time, we will generally keep up with all that is lawfully required of us.

But if we are “slothful in business” we will soon get behind with our work, and seeing the labor of many days all needing to be done in one day we become faint-hearted and discouraged.

In order to till our promise and meet the demands and expectations of our young friends, we find it necessary month after month to write a letter for children. Sometimes the press on our time and strength is so heavy that we are tempted to let it pass, but as yet we have not felt willing to do so.

When we remember that “All things are full of labor” we know that our life should not be an exception to this well established law of nature. It is a law established by the infinite wisdom of God, that all things in the heavens above us, or in the earth beneath us, shall be in continual motion and full of labor. The fowls of the air, the fish of the sea or beasts of the field, must all be busily and cheerfully employed to fill the place and the work the Lord hath assigned them. Even little ants, flies, gnats, bugs and worms are diligently performing their daily work. It is necessary for their comfort, growth and health. To stop would be disease and death to them. Shall we as intelligent beings be more slothful and indolent than these? Are not all things full of labor? The earth, the air, the seas, rivers, creeks and little branches are all in continual motion. “All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers run, thither they return again,” and go over the same round year after year continually. O what a putrefied mass of corruption would the waters be were they not in continual motion? Exercise and motion is for their health, and not only for the health of the waters, but for the healthful growth of everything else. Neither man, nor beast, fruits nor flowers can survive without water. God has arranged to supply it by many very mysterious ways. The clouds above pour out water, and carry it from place to place. They too are “full of labor,” sometimes bright, sometimes dark, sometimes giving gentle, refreshing showers, and then again they are black and terrific, driven by fierce winds, or pelting the earth with hail. Seeing then that it is the order established by the Creator, for the good of his creatures, that all things shall be full of labor, let us go forth to our daily work cheerfully and without murmuring.—M.

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