This morning, the first thing, my boy said to me, "Tell me a story." This is the story I told him.
Once upon a time there was a home. Homes then were quite the same in most ways as homes are now—there were children in that home. They played and were happy. And I suppose they also had their misunderstandings, and sometimes quarreled.
One day the children heard music. Looking up the street, they saw a great company of men marching right toward them. They were soldiers. There were thirty thousand of them.
In the center of the marching army were some oxen. The oxen were harnessed to a fine, new cart. On the cart was a chest, most beautifully carved and decorated. On the soldiers came. What was the amazement of the boys and girls when they stopped right in front of their house!
Then the king, majestic in his raiment, came to their father and said, "I want to leave this chest here in your house. Take good care of it." The king's men brought the wonderful chest within, set it down, went out, and the army marched away.
From that time, the home was a different home. There was joy, and peace, and an utter absence of quarreling. Three months passed by. Then one day the king came again and took the chest away. But peace and happiness did not depart with the chest.
The home was as happy and peaceful and free from bickering through all the coming months as through the three when the wonderful chest was in the house. What was the chest? It was not the king's chest; it was the ark of God.
You will find this true story in 2 Samuel, chapter 6.
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Samuel 6: 11
"And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months; and the Lord blessed him, and all his household."
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