When you stand on the brink of a volcano's crater, you tremble to think of the dreadful and explosive powers which are hidden there, sleeping now, but one day to burst forth with devastating terror and spread ruin and death o'er the smiling land. But what are the explosive forces lodged in that volcano compared with the explosive forces for evil that are lodged in an infant's heart? Hitler was once an infant!
On the top of some high mountain you pause to rest by a spring, whence flows forth with musical voice a little stream
of water. In your imagination you can follow it as it goes down the mountainside, gaining new volume and breadth
and depth with every mile, until it has become a mighty river which carries on its bosom the commerce of a nation, or,
suddenly swollen by the rains, overflows its banks and smites the earth with a curse. But what is the power lodged in
that mountain spring which becomes a great river compared with the power to bless or to hurt, to add to the sum and
total of human happiness or human woe, which is lodged in the soul of a single child?
A number of years ago a young man was coming from California to visit the East. In the Pullman car with him were three or four race-track gamblers. The were rough, hardened, godless, but somewhat interesting men, and this young man, who himself had been wandering from the training of his youth, became familiar with them. At a town on the way east a little boy was put on the car and given into the custody of the Pullman conductor. When night came the porter made up the berth for the boy. The gamblers and the young man were sitting across the aisle from the boy's berth. Presently the boy came out in his nightdress and, first looking timidly up and down the aisle, knelt to say his prayers. At once the gamblers ceased from their loud conversation and removed their hats in reverential pose. The young man felt a lump in his throat as he looked at the praying child. What had happened? The prayer of a child had carried them all back to their Bethel. The young man afterward entered the ministry and became a well-known preacher of the gospel. Thus was fulfilled the saying of the Bible, "And a little child shall lead them" (Isa. 11:6).