J. A. Oram
A friend of mine was recently in the lovely county of Essex and was being shewn one of the new towns that arc being built to take the excess population from the big cities. He was amazed to see houses going up almost as he waited, but it was good also to see that wherever a big tree could be left standing it was not cut down, so that the beauty of the lovely elms and beeches would remain in the district. As lie turned to leave lie felt that he would like to come again when the contractors had cleaned up all the moss and the new tenants were busy planting the hundred and one varieties of flowers to make their own gardens look attractive.
As my friend walked along what was to be the main street a large lorry stopped immediately in front of him, and the driver being a friendly soul wished him good day. In the course of a conversation that followed he asked the lorryman one or two questions about his load, which seemed more like a load of hay, it was so high. Then the coverings were unrolled and it could be seen that the load consisted entirely of joinery which was not very interesting, except that the driver said, "If you wait a few minutes you will see how we work this job. On this lorry are all the doors, windows, cupboards and stairs, in fact all the woodwork, for six houses. As soon as the houses are ready the joinery is sent down, and by to-night a lot of the doors will be fitted." In a. few minutes a crowd of men came along and very soon the load had been distributed in the six houses.
The men carried doors of all kinds and sizes. Bedroom doors, pantry and scullery doors, back doors and front doors. All seemed very much the same, just wood with a smear of pink paint upon them, with one exception. That exception was the front doors. These were made differently and properly painted, and as if to mark their distinction, they were covered with cardboard to keep them from being harmed by contact with others.
My friend looked on and asked himself the question, "Why all this importance attaching to the front door? and immediately the answer came hack," Because it is the most important door in the house."
All the important things in life come in or go out of the front door, and if you are not a Christian the most important person in the Universe is outside and is saying "Behold I stand at His door and knock, if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in." Now you can see how important the front door is, if the King of Kings condescends to wait there.
Are you going to keep Him waiting outside or let Him in? To let the Lord Jesus in will bring salvation and real joy.
SEPTEMBER COMPETITION - RESULT
Most of you seem to have found it as hard to think of a new competition as I do; but of the seven entries received, some were very good and will be used in later months. The best was the acrostic on Bible Names, which wins Rosalind Chamings of Birmingham (13 years) a prize. Rosemary Prouten also sent a good idea which you will see later on. Richard Chamings of Barnstaple (8½ years), with a. different acrostic of texts, wins the junior Prize.
T. J. L.
As Christmas draws near, and our thoughts turn to Christmas presents, and we search the shops for the right gifts for different people, I thought it would be good to search the Gospel of John this name means "the Lord has given") for God's gifts. There are three kinds: 1, What God has given His Son; 2, What God gives to us; 3, What the Lord Jesus Christ gives to us. See how many of these gifts you can find; arrange them in three columns under these headings; add the chapter and verse where they arc mentioned; and send your answer, by December 3rd, to Mr. T. J. Lawson, 148 Greenway Road, Taunton, Somerset. Prizes will be given for the best answers from those over and under 12 on December 1st, so give your age. Neatness and accuracy are very important in a competition like this.
T. J. L.