A Child’S Garden Of Musings

Now that we have baptized Mother Goose and transformed her silly rhymes into bedtime sermons for children, we must strive to conquer new literary worlds and share truth with more people. After all, not everybody reads Mother Goose.

I have long felt that the Sherlock Holmes saga is tailor-made for spiritual messages. Surely “A Study in Scarlet” immediately brings Isaiah 1:18 to mind, and ‘The Valley of Fear” suggests Psalm 23:4. (Oh, why has it taken us so long to see this?) Beyond question, Paul’s “Beware of dogs” (Phil. 3:2) can be related to “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” I could name several more, but I will leave to you, the reader, the thrill of discovering them for yourself.

So much for detective stories. How about applying some sanctification to A Child’s Garden of Verses? I submit an edifying sample:

How would you like to go up in a plane,

Over the bus routes wide?

If you bring twenty to Sunday School,

You shall receive a free ride.

How would you like to enjoy a long trip,

And visit the Holy Land fair?

Bring two hundred people to Sunday School

And we will escort you there!

Vast vistas of evangelical opportunity open to us! Time would fail me to suggest what could be done with children’s games. I ask you: Why should the little ones only enjoy themselves at games, when they could also be edifying themselves? Would it not be wise and profitable to read them Luke 15 before they go out to play “hide and seek”? Would not this add more seriousness of purpose to their play? I’m sure it would.

I tell you, the possibilities are limitless! Why have a ducky or a doggie on a child’s bib when a dispensational chart would accomplish much more? Bars of soap shaped like Noah’s ark, or the tables of the Law, would ...

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