But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.…
Therefore I say to every man in my presence: Do not neglect the impulses to a nobler life. Do not put them away from you. Do not prove dishonest and tricky with any of those movements in yourself which indicate that the germ of Divine life is in you. "A child is drowned! a child is drowned!" this is the cry that goes through the whole village; and the mother, well-nigh bereft of reason, dashes wildly out as they are bearing the limp, helpless body, with long streaming hair, by her door. The physician is sped for, and the neighbours are there. "She's dead! she's dead! she's dead i " cries the mother, "she's dead! she's dead! she's dead! My only child! my only child! my only child!" They would comfort her, and they say, "Oh, do not be so despondent do not be so despondent." "Dead! dead! Those eyes will never see me again. She's dead! she's dead!" And still the workers will not give over. But at last they say, "Yes, she is dead." Then, with a strange fantasy of opposition, the mother cries again, "She is not dead; she cannot be dead; she shall not be dead." And she lays hands upon her, and says, "I know she is not dead." And she gazes in anguish, until a little quiver is seen upon the lip, "Oh, my God! she is not dead." The eyes do not see, the ears do not hear, the hands do not move, the heart cannot be felt; but there is that little quiver of the lip. "There's life there! there's life there! there's life there!" Yes, there is life there; and now they come again, and remedies are applied, and the still form quickens, and the mother's faith is rewarded, and she takes the living child back to her bosom. O thou that hast in thee but the quiver of the lip, but the trembling of the eye, but the faintest pulsation of the heart, God, thine Everlasting Father, beholds it; and He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, till He bring forth judgment unto victory. There is victory for you; there is hope for you; there is salvation for you. Oh, despise not the striving of the Spirit. Begin, accept, hold fast, and thou shalt be saved.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.