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Written by W.M. Mitchell   


Dear Children:—Solomon was a very wise man; the Lord gave him more wisdom than any ever hail, either before his d or since his death. He searched out and saw all the works that are done under the sun, in order that he might know by experience what real profit there was to the sons of men in all the labor and toil they should have in this life. “Behold,” said he, “all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” He proved his heart with mirth, and said, like many others have done, that he would enjoy worldly treasure. “But, behold, this also is vanity.” “I said of laughter, it is mad; and of mirth, what doeth it?”—Eccl. ii. 2. Seeing and feeling that all earthly things were but lightness and vanity in comparison with eternal and heavenly things, Solomon, like many others whom the Lord has taught, hated life and all the labor which he had taken under the sun, because it was all grievous unto him, “Vanity and vexation of spirit.”—Eccl. 2:17.

Now it may be and we think it is so, that some of our young readers can find no more real pleasure in their works, nor in any of the things of this world than Solomon did in his labor. The Lord is dealing with children sometimes in a very special way when they are very young. In the third chapter of the first book of Samuel we read that the “Lord called the child.” The Psalmist David says, “Thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from youth; by thee have I been holden up from the womb.”—Psa. 71:3.

We have frequently heard persons speak of their youthful thoughts about God, death and eternity, even when they were very young. Some not more than four or five years old, some seven or eight. The Lord is not limited to age in manifesting his power and grace. We hope that if any of our dear young friends are concerned and troubled in mind about their condition before and that they will soon be brought to know that it is the Lord’s work and for their good. If you feel that you are a poor, guilty sinner in the sight of a holy and just God, there is mercy in store for you. “It is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” This comes as a sweet promise to those who are made to feel and know that they are sinners. Are you a sinner? A poor sinner, a needy sinner, a sinner lost and ruined? Then there is hope and mercy for you. Christ is the Saviour of sinners, even such as thou art, and such as you feel to be. Thy sins, which are many and great, will all be forgiven thee through what Christ has done for you. May the Lord comfort all such.—M.

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