an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her
young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them,
beareth them on her wings." (Deut. xxxii, 11, 12.)'
So will the intelligent, faithful, Christian par¬
ent and guardian take their children, teach them;
pray for them; pray over them; guide them into
the path of knowledge, and holiness, and right¬
eousness, till they have moral strength and power
to accept the divine challenge, " Who will rise up
for me against the evil doers? or, who will stand
up for me against the workers of iniquity ?"
(Psalm xciv, 16.)
These four conditions fulfilled, I believe a
child can be successfully trained in the way he
should go; for they will place the family in pe¬
culiar relations to the throne of God.
a. I believe there will be a communication be¬
tween it and the Almighty, more real than the
ladder which Jacob saw in his wonderful dream.
b. Angels of love and mercy shall descend to
bear the blessings of God into the opened lap,
1" The eagle is remarkable for her tender care of her
young and for the pains that she uses, and the methods
which she employs in teaching them to fly; stirring them
up out of their nest, fluttering in the air over them to
show them how to use their wings, and even carrying them
upon her wings, so that in order to destroy the young
eagles, the body of the old one must, on some occasions
first be pierced." See Scott's Commentary in loco.