Signs of the Times
[From Christian Work, New York City, New York]

         How can man really get the most good out of Sunday? How can the children spend it most profitably, not only for their own lives but for the common good? . . . Most of us, including the children, are not getting enough time for solid thought and solid reading, for learning about men and women of devotion, the kind who have not counted their lives dear unto themselves but have been ready to give them up for the sake of something bigger. The children are not likely to read "Pilgrim's Progress" . . . or Bible stories on other days. They have all Saturday to play and the ends of the afternoons of the rest of the week. They are far more in need of regularly coming in touch with noble men and women and with the noblest ideas, by way of books, than they are of a few more hours at play. They need to strike their roots deep into the best of the past. Also, a Sunday that is different from other days adds zest and worth to the week and to childhood. Let us not teach our children that it is a sin to throw a ball on Sunday; but let us make the program of our Sunday afternoon so worthwhile, through its quiet reading, its special games, its singing as well as its pleasant walks that, whatever the children may think of it at the time and they will probably like it when they are in college and all through their lives they will be thankful that father and mother worked out this sort of Sunday for them in their childhood. Let us not be afraid to make the children's Sunday the best possible for the long run of life even though it be different from the Sunday that the neighbors make.

From Christian Work, New York City, New York
Quoted in "Signs of the Times"

Christian Science Sentinel, May 29, 1926

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