Object Lessons

Importance of God's House

Objects: A Beaver

For real ability I think the beaver heads the list of all the animals I know. He seems to be one of our most intelligent animals. I wish you might see a beaver home sometime and be able to examine their workmanship. The beaver lives in houses built in small ponds which usually they have made themselves by damming up a small brook. Construction engineers have only recently learned to build bridges oval shaped for strength—but the beaver has always built his house that way and plastered it with mud which hardens and is a protection against wild beasts of prey. They have an ordinary entrance to their houses, which is winding as a precaution against the enemy, but he also has a back exit which he can use in case of danger—a sort of fire escape. These runways are built deep, below the surface of the water—below the depth of freezing in winter. So they must have dams in order to always keep the water level the same.

Beaver dams are sometimes fifteen hundred feet long. They fell big trees and cut them up into logs and drag them into place, weighting them down with stones and mud. Trees are also deposited at the entrance of their lodge for winter food, and time locks—perhaps the in­spiration of modern banks—are placed on their homes, for in the late fall they cover their houses with wet mud to freeze solidly so that wild animals cannot get in to steal their food in winter, then in the warm spring this mud thaws out and is washed away.

I'm sure you boys and girls want your church to be the very best that you can make it for God's work. Let us be truly Christians and so protected by the strength of Christ's love against evil thoughts and wrong actions which might endanger His Church.

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