hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may
know that I am the Lord your God. Eze. 20:20.
Sabbath should be made so interesting to our families that its weekly return
will be hailed with joy.
The Sabbath school and the meeting for worship occupy only a part of the Sabbath.
The portion remaining to the family may be made the most sacred and precious
season of all the Sabbath hours.
In the minds of the children the very thought of the Sabbath should be bound
up with the beauty of natural things. . . . Happy the father and mother who
can teach their children God’s written word with illustrations from
the open pages of the book of nature; who can gather under the green trees,
in the fresh, pure air, to study the Word and to sing the praise of the Father
In pleasant weather let parents walk with their children in the fields and
groves. Amid the beautiful things of nature tell them the reason for the institution
of the Sabbath. Describe to them God’s great work of creation. Tell
them that when the earth came from His hand, it was holy and beautiful. Every
flower, every shrub, every tree, answered the purpose of its Creator. . .
. Show that it was sin which marred God’s perfect work; that thorns
and thistles, sorrow and pain and death, are all the result of disobedience
to God. Bid them see how the earth, though marred with the curse of sin, still
reveals God’s goodness.
If we can cultivate within us a beauty of soul corresponding to the beauty
of nature around us, there will be a blending of the divine and human agencies.
As the sun goes down, let the voice of prayer and the hymn of praise mark
the close of the sacred hours and invite God’s presence through the
cares of the week of labor.
Thus parents can make the Sabbath, as it should be, the most joyful day of
the week. They can lead their children to regard it as a delight, the day
of days, the holy of the Lord, honorable.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 81.