Dr. Reed who liked gardening, employed John Ledbury to tend his garden. They had an argument about plants, and John was let go. John left town to find work and his baby became sick because of the stress, poverty and unforgiving spirit of the father. This story is about how a person's stubborn pride might affect those they love.
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Vanity, worldly possessions and the pride of life are the substance of Esther's life. She was "fond of dress" and a yielding mother left this passion unchecked. Consequently she taunted her brother and drove him away from home. Then Esther left home in a fit of anger. "The foundation of all this trouble that had come, not only upon Esther but upon her family, had its root in this—to seem what they were not."—Esther's Regret.
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Mrs. Simpson believed that "the honor of God was dearer to her than her own credit, and her chief desire was to turn all events to his glory." And also "her chief care was to convince herself and others, that however great might be her sufferings, and however little they could be accounted for at present, yet that the Judge of all the earth could not but do right." Betty, her friend, simply gave up hope over tragedies. The moral is to trust in God's providence. An important verse is Psalm 118:23—"This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."
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Alice Windsor falls in love with Dr. Gilbert, but Dr. Gilbert confesses that his wife, Joanna, is still alive. Alice's confession is that she is "fighting forbidden love" and is being "wrecked upon that treacherous deep." The agony of sin and the need for God's forgiveness is felt by everyone. Important verses are Luke 18:13—"God be merciful to me a sinner," (NIV) also Hebrews 4:15—"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin." (NIV)
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Apple-tree Court was a rough neighborhood that even the police would not visit. George Lancaster who ran a local mission house considered how he might connect with the people. After several failed attempts he was baffled. When his son offered to help, he reluctantly let him try. The story shows the value of sacrificial love, a parallel to Christ's sacrifice. Another Biblical principal is forgiving others; Colossians 3:13—Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (NIV). Also Romans 8:32—He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (NIV);
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Kate was a beautiful daughter who helped comfort her father's patients. When the doctors assistant, Dr. Carey, took an interest in her, he sent a letter of his feelings. Unfortunate events started immediately. Mrs. Duffy was shot and taken to Dr. Carey's Hospital and Kate and Philip barely talked. But the story was not over. Kate was learning that in order to bear her own burden well, it was necessary to share that of another. Another moral principle is the forgiveness of serious sin.
The Beamond household received a package wrapped in brown paper and labeled "Poison." After the package was opened they thought it was a joke because it contained nice clothes for the children. When troubles came they had to reconsider what it meant. The moral in this story is the vanity of nice clothing and the trouble it causes. Important scripture is Matthew 5:3—"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
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Mrs. Burton was very proud of the her bedroom, "if pride of any kind or degree is allowable to a Christian." One morning she woke up and found a very big surprise. Hesba Stretton called this story "strictly true, and happened within the writer's knowledge." The moral in this story involves pride of possessions and knowing God's love no matter what a person has done. Important Scriptures are Genesis 16:13— "Thou God seest me," and 1 John 4:8—"God is love."
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Sam Franklin liked to secretly keep money hidden away. He had no faith in banks, so he kept the money at home and he would not even tell his wife. As the money grew so did his concern for it. But when his wife mistakenly disrupted his plans, the truth came out. The Biblical moral principles are "love of money," and "charitable giving."
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Disaster came to the coal mine one day when it flooded with water. Simeon, Rueben's brother, was trapped along with several other people. Rueben went into the mine to save them, but not all went as planned. This story illustrates the Biblical principle of "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."—John 15:13.
Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 108 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281215; Pocket Moral Stories.