For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:…
A little child was playing with her mother, and they were talking about heaven. The mother had been telling of the joy and glories of that happy world. The matchless beauty of the angels, the golden streets and pearly gates, and the exultant song of redemption. "There is no sickness in those bright realms, no pain, no death, no sorrow, nor sighing, nor tears, no sin; for all will be pure and holy." "Oh, dear mother!" exclaimed the little child, in her amazement and delight, "let us all go now!" "We must wait a little," said the mother, "wait until God shall send for us." "Well, dear mother," responded the child, in a tone of disappointment, "if we can't start now, as any rate, let us pack up and be ready!" There is a whole sermon in that one sentence: "Let us pack up and be ready!" Oh, what a world of difference between being ready and unready!
(J. N. Norton, D. D.)
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