The name of William
Aberhart is inextricably interwoven into the pages of Alberta's history.
Indeed, few men in the annals of Canadian history have shown themselves
to be possessed of such vigorous and dynamic personality.
He was a man of overflowing vitality, and his apparently illimitable
capacity for work was constantly an inspiration and source of wonder to his
associates. For this reason it
seemed almost incredible when in the early morning of May 23rd radio listeners
heard the announcement, "The Premier of Alberta is dead".
A universal expression of regret was voiced as his Fellow citizens
realized that he had literally given his life in his effort to bring ab6ut the
materialization of the ideal which he had envisaged.
From those who looked upon him as a leader beloved, and who gave to him
their unswerving allegiance, came expressions of deepest grief; of irreparable
loss. From those who opposed him in
his political purposes and attempted reforms, came equally sincere expressions
of high esteem. William Aberhart
was a man who worked hard for the reforms which he advocated, who fought hard
against the existing evils that necessitated those reforms-and who at all
times so conducted himself that his personal character and sincerity of purpose
were above reproach. To thousands
of Canadian citizens, Mr. Aberhart's passing was an occasion of genuine sorrow.
When news of his death was carried on the B.B.C. News Broadcast from
London, England, messages of condolence poured in to his Government and family
from many parts of the world. His fearless vindication of what he knew to be
right, and his courageous denunciation of what he believed to be wrong, had
gained for him world recognition as a leader of men.
Aberhart was a student, a teacher and a statesman. Those who knew him intimately through long years of close
association, together with those who observed him only in his latter years, in
the political field, cannot but concur that he always displayed the qualities
and attitude of an alert and assiduous student. No doubt it was his own complete understanding of the student
mind which contributed in a major degree to the signal success which attended
his work as a teacher. But it was
as Bible student and Bible teacher that Mr. Aberhart first gained more than
local distinction. He won the
confidence of thousands of his fellow citizens who listened with interest to his
Radio Bible lectures. Mr. Aberhart
was a man with a great love For God and for his fellow-men.
When his desire to help alleviate the suffering of the people compelled
him to leave the classroom for parliamentary halls his zeal for teaching God's
Word did not flag, and to the end of his life he faithfully proclaimed the
gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind.
cannot observe the work of William Aberhart in these varied roles without
detecting the spirit of a man, who, when he had caught a vision of a work to be
done, never faltered, never turned back. From
the beginning of his life until the end, the same indomitable spirit is
traceable throughout, that spirit which was destined to bring achievement and
renown to its possessor.
appraise the work of William Aberhart immediately is impossible. The accomplishments of no man can be adjudged fairly by his
contemporaries. Only history can
measure accurately the contribution of a life.
This treatise, then, makes no pretence of presenting any relative
estimate of Mr. Aberhart's work. It
is merely an intimate recounting of the outstanding characteristics of the man,
the diversified interests which engaged him throughout his varied career, and
the consistency of purpose which motivated his many activities.
Aberhart was born on December 30th, 1878, the son of William Aberhart, a man of
German origin, who came to Canada at the early age of seven years, and Louisa
Pepper, an Englishwoman. In later
years he frequently spoke with gratitude of his parents' influence, and was
proud to say that he was a farmer's son. In
that unpretentious farm home, where he lived with three brothers and one sister,
he received training which played no small part in his subsequent success.
He often mentioned lessons that he had learned on the farm.
His radio audience will recall many references to his boyhood days. In his last lecture from the Calgary Prophetic Bible
Institute, delivered on April 4th, 1943, he repeated a favorite illustration
which is quoted here verbatim because it so obviously 'made an indelible
impression on his later life.
father used to tell us boys on the farm, in our younger days, that we could
never plow a straight furrow if we did not focus our attention on a particular
post or tree or other landmark away at the end of the field. He warned us again and again not to allow a big stick or
clump of brush or a tree to distract us as we passed along."
father could not have been aware how well he had taught his lesson, for when
William Aberhart in his later career focused his attention on an objective to be
gained, he ploughed his furrow straight and allowed no distraction to deter him
from the gaining of his objective. To
his mother, too, he did not fail to pay tribute, and it may be inferred that her
influence counted much in making him the prodigious worker that he was.
attended school in Seaforth, and then proceeded to the Chatham Business College
and to the Hamilton Normal School. Later
he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, with a degree of Bachelor of
Aberhart first taught school at Wingham, Ontario.
He then moved to Brantford, where he was principal of a public school
until he decided to travel westward in 1910.
Thus it was in his native province of Ontario that he gained his early
experience in the profession of teaching-a profession in which, in the province
of Alberta, he was to win for himself front-rank recognition, a 'profession to
which, later, his legislation was to give unprecedented recognition.
who have known Mr. Aberhart over a long period of years are aware how great was
his affection for his home and family. On
July 30th, 1902, he was married to Miss Jessie Flatt, of Galt, Ontario. They
had two children, Khona Louise, now Mrs. James M. Cooper, and Ola Janette, now
Mrs. Chas. MacNutt. Mrs. Aberhart
is well known as a capable woman, a charming and gracious hostess, devoted to
her home, her children and her four granddaughters.
To her inspiration and help, Mr. Aberhart did not fail to express his
in 1910 that Mr. Aberhart arrived in Alberta.
The hard-working school teacher who chose "to go West" could
not have had, in his most optimistic dreams, any conception of the influence
which he was destined to wield in the province of his adoption.
From 1910 to 1915, he served as public school principal in Calgary, and
in 1915 he was appointed principal of the newly organized Crescent Heights High
name of Crescent Heights High School will always be associated with the name of
William Aberhart. There he served
for twenty years as principal in a manner which won high praise alike from his
students, his associates and his fellow citizens.
exceptional organizing ability contributed greatly to the efficiency of the
Crescent Heights High School, which soon gained provincial recognition for
scholarship. In the City
Inter-School Athletic Meets, Crescent Heights students showed that they had not
been encouraged to stress scholarship to the exclusion of athletic prowess. The
fine school spirit at "Crescent" became well-known, for no one knew
better than Mr. Aberhart how to bind together students and staff.
Heights Collegiate Institute
To the thousands of
graduates of Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, his name will always bring
memories of a genial principal, who, while he was a hard worker himself, and
expected everybody, else to be a hard
worker, was, nevertheless, a very human sort of person, with a sense of humor
which could be relied upon to enliven every interview. He was held in the very highest esteem by his fellow
teachers, who early recognized him as a leader among them. Students, too, respected and admired their principal.
He was always eminently fair in his dealing with young people, and former
pupils recall that he was never too busy to listen patiently to both sides of a
story. It is given to few
principals to enjoy the respect, loyalty and genuine affection of staff and
student body, which was accorded Mr. Aberhart in the Crescent Heights High
won, too, the highest approbation of the parents of his students.
His genius for organization made the Crescent Heights Parent-Teachers'
Association the largest and most active association of its kind in the Province.
Much of the success of the' later Home and School Association in Alberta
can be traced to the influence of that group.
short, Mr. Aberhart was one of the most talented and distinguished teachers that
Canada has ever produced. This
teaching ability of his was destined to prove a highly contributory factor in
the achievements of his later life. For,
as has been intimated, it was as a Radio Bible teacher that he made the
acquaintance of thousands of people who later prevailed upon him to forsake his
work as school principal and undertake the more arduous duties of the
Aberhart addressing his vast radio audience.
even the briefest account of William Aberhart's life would present a true
picture if it did not call a maximum of attention to his work as a Bible teacher.
Many years of diligent Bible study, a natural gift of teaching, backed by
professional training and experience, all played their part in equipping Mr.
Aberhart in an exceptional way, to serve as a teacher of God's Word.
He recognized the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, and he was a
faithful champion of the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures.
He consistently advocated uniform use of the authorized version of the
Bible, and deplored the present-day tendency to substitute a variety of modern
translations, many of which are frequently inferior, not only in beauty and
simplicity of language but also in the accuracy of translation.
His hearers will not soon forget that familiar voice quoting II Timothy
3:16, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God
. .", and Matt: 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but
my words shall not pass away". Nor
will they forget how he loved to hear the people sing:
"The Bible stands like a rock undaunted,
'Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
glow with a light sublime."
not surprising, then, that no sooner had Mr. Aberhart arrived in Calgary than he
became active as a Bible teacher. His
ability in this respect soon won recognition, and it was not long until he had
attracted to himself a considerable following.
He always emphasized the need of studying the Bible "from cover to
cover , but he was especially a deep student of prophecy; and it was his
prophetic lectures that first brought him into special prominence in the City of
Calgary. By 1925, it was a weekly
occurrence for hundreds of people to gather on Sunday afternoons in one of
Calgary's largest theatres to listen to Mr. Aberhart expound the prophecies of
Scripture. It was in November of
that year that his first broadcast was made.
He was quick to sense how the radio could be used to spread the truths of
God's Word. It can be said
emphatically that for one purpose only did he, as a pioneer, enter upon this
Radio' ministry-and that was solely to teach the Bible, to proclaim to his
fellow citizens the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and salvation by the blood of
Christ. His old friends, today,
will recall his burning desire, in those early days, to see men and women, boys
and girls, turn to Christ. The
burden o~ his message then was identical with that which he steadfastly preached
to the end, "This truth of the gospel is a wonderful thing.
It is, without doubt, the greatest news that has ever been proclaimed.
When Christ died, once for all, and made atonement for all our sins, past,
present, and future, He did a complete work and made our salvation an assured
fact". (Quotation from a
lecture delivered June 28th, 1942.)
Bible Institute at Calgary
faithfully kept before his listeners the importance of taking time to consider
their eternal destiny, and he did not hesitate to warn them, that they must
choose between an eternity in heaven, with Christ, or an eternity in hell,
abundantly blessed his ministry. He
had the joy of knowing that throughout the years, thousands of men and women,
old and young, boys and girls, turned to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour of
their lives because of his faithful proclaiming of the gospel message.
he was distressed to see young people growing up, without adequate provision
being made for their instruction in the great Bible truths he felt led of God,
in 1924, to organize Bible Institute Study Classes.
saw the evident hunger of young and old for the deeper truths of the Word, his
desire grew to erect a suitable building to serve as a Bible School. He had no money for such an undertaking, but he had faith in'
God. In a wonderful way God
answered his prayer, and within a few months, twenty-five thousand dollars had
been subscribed. In the spring of
1927 the work was begun, and in September of that year a sixty-five thousand
dollar building was completed, and dedicated as the Calgary Prophetic Bible
Institute. That building remains
today as a visible reminder that William Aberhart was a God-honoring and a
God-fearing man. His voice is
silent now, but the Bible Institute, which he founded, stands, dedicated to the
training of young men and young women, for the spreading of the gospel story.
With the Apostle Paul he could say, "As a wise master builder, I have laid
the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon.
For other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid which is Jesus
three-year Bible course, offered at the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute,
provides a thorough training for any young people who wish to equip themselves
for Christian service.
the foregoing account, it is obvious that Mr. Aberhart lived out in word and
act, his endorsation of the testimony of that great Jewish scholar of old,
"For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek". ( Rom. 1:16.)
Dean of the newly constructed Bible Institute, and beloved apostle of the Bible
Institute Baptist Church, for the organization of which he had been responsible,
he threw himself with unremitting zeal into his work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The many thousands of people who have listened to Mr. Aberhart's radio
lectures are witnesses that to the end of his course he was a loyal ambassador
of the Saviour, and faithfully presented to his hearers the great truths of
God's Word. Thus he proved conclusively that well-organized leisure time can
magnify immeasurably human usefulness and can be used of God to accomplish
great things for Him.
Although Mr. Aberhart later felt constrained to
undertake the duties of Premiership, and was compelled, therefore, to move to
Edmonton, he continued to take an active part in directing the Calgary Prophetic
Bible Institute. Every alternate
Sunday he returned to the City to address his vast radio audience in a service
broadcast from the Institute. His steadfast purpose may be expressed in his own
words, "We of the Calgary
Prophetic Bible Institute are convinced that what this old world needs today is
the truth of God's Holy Word, and it is our determination, backed so faithfully
by so many of our friends who are like-minded, to spread the Word far and wide,
as much as we can, not only by radio, and by Radio Sunday School lessons, but by
the testimony and ministry of our young men and young women, who have been
trained to serve with efficiency and faith". (Lecture delivered May 1st,
great love for children and young people, and his longing to see them taught the
Word of God; prompted Mr. Aberhart eighteen years ago to another avenue of
service, and he founded the Radio Sunday School.
Always he had a firm conviction that children should be encouraged to
study the Bible.
there are almost six thousand young people enrolled in the Radio Sunday School.
Printed questionnaires are sent out to the students in conjunction with
the Bible lessons, and these are all marked by a band of voluntary workers, who
give their leisure time to this service for the Lord Jesus Christ.
the years, thousands of boys and girls, many of them now adults, have come to
know the Christ of Calvary as their Saviour through the influence of the Radio
Sunday School. Since national
leaders today do not hesitate to say that the youth of the nations must not be
allowed to grow up without a knowledge of God's Word, then surely Mr. Aberhart
proved himself to be, not only one of the foremost in molding public opinion in
this respect, but also one of the most active in actually introducing boys and
girls to the teaching of the Bible. As Minister of Education, he was responsible
for the passing of legislation making it compulsory for the Bible to be read
daily in every classroom.
the years had brought in their train conditions that were heart-breaking to
young and old, and on all sides there was evident a growing discontent. Mr.
Aberhart saw young people going out from his school, no employment awaiting
them, no future prospects, too many of them forced to go on relief-and a
government that seemed to display no sense of responsibility toward them. He was distressed by the economic aspect of the situation.
It was at this time, and under these circumstances, that Mr. Aberhart
first became acquainted with the Social Credit principles of Major C. H.
the outset his interest was captivated. He
studied with characteristic thoroughness, Social Credit and all relative
material upon which he could lay his hand. The conviction grew upon him that
here was a practicable solution to the unemployment problem, that here was an
answer to the temporal problems of disillusioned youth.
He believed that no man who loved his fellow-men should be unmoved while
he saw everywhere multitudes of people unnecessarily suffering want and
privation. Hence it was that he applied himself with great intensity of purpose
to the mastery of the principles of Social Credit.
who knew Mr. Aberhart intimately would suggest, for one moment, that when he
decided to proclaim the principles of Social Credit, he expected to win for
himself world renown, or even political power in his own Province. He had
positively no such expectation. He
merely felt that he had found something which would be of inestimable help to
those who were being discouraged by prevailing conditions. Consequently he
introduced to his vast radio audience the subject of Social Credit.
must be admitted frankly that among Mr. Aberhart's closest adherents there was a
difference of opinion concerning the wisdom of introducing the subject of Social
Credit into his broadcasts. In the
first place, there was a majority of those who urged him on in this new crusade
on behalf of the thousands who had become discouraged by conditions during the
depression years. On the other hand, a minority felt that, since he was being so
abundantly used of God, as a Bible teacher, he should not, therefore, divert his
attention to any economic problem. Mr.
Aberhart himself had always maintained that love for God, and for one's
fellow-men, could never be divorced. To him, the desire to better the economic
conditions was but the expression of love for his fellow-men.
He was greatly encouraged to pursue his purpose, as many letters poured
in, telling of people who had listened in just to hear about Social Credit, but
who had also heard the Gospel, and had given their hearts to the Lord Jesus
Christ. The magnitude of the task
before him challenged him to throw himself, heart and soul, into this new
endeavor which he had undertaken.
determined that the Government of the day should be informed on the subject of
Social Credit. His followers signed
a petition, and presented it to Parliament.
This petition was the largest petition ever signed in the Province 0r Alberta. In
April, 1934, Mr. Aberhart gave evidence in person before the Agricultural
Committee of the Provincial Legislative Assembly.
The Government gave no indication that they considered his proposals
seriously, showed no signs of any sense of responsibility to alleviate the
sufferings of the people. He had
been hopeful that one of the existing political parties might espouse the cause
of Social Credit. When he realized
that such was not to be the case, he forthwith resolved that men and women who
did care about their less fortunate fellow-men should represent the people in
the next Legislative Assembly.
to work. In a dexterous manner he
organized the Province in an unprecedented way. His opponents under-estimated the potentiality of this
newcomer into the field of politics. They
deemed him a mere school teacher, with classroom technique, and little
understanding of the field of politics. Among
all his detractors there was a universal miscalculation and under-estimation of
his ability and influence. He had one great handicap. He had no money with which to wage a political campaign, but
he had something more vital. He had
the backing of thousands of sincere men and women.
When the Province went
to the polls on August 22nd, 1935, an avalanche of votes swept the Social
Credit party into power with a tremendous majority.
Fifty-six out of sixty-three seats in the Provincial House went to
Social Credit candidates. On
the night of his election, Mr. Aberhart, in a memorable broadcast, expressed
his gratitude to his thousands of supporters, and acknowledged his dependence
upon and trust in God. On
September 3rd of that year he and his Cabinet, in a colorful ceremony, were
sworn into office. Mr. Aberhart
had never been ambitious for political power, but when the turn of events made
him Premier, he entered upon his new task with all the ardour of his vigorous
manhood. To the unfamiliar duties
of the Premiership he brought a brain trained to analyze situations, a
natural sense of discernment, and undeniable political sagacity.
early years in Parliament were characterized by aggressive action and
strenuous conflict in which, as never before, the powers of finance were
starkly revealed as the bitter opponents of those monetary reforms designed
for the benefit and amelioration of the lot of the common people. Time after
time Legislative enactments providing for the establishment of a Social Credit
economy, duly passed by the Provincial Legislature, were either disallowed by
the Federal Government or declared ultra vires by the Courts. While these
actions prevented the Alberta Government from implementing the principles of
Social Credit by direct Legislative action, Mr. Aberhart refused to be
discouraged, or to deviate even for a moment from his fixed determination to
free the people of Alberta from the deplorable consequences of economic
insecurity. Today it is a
recognized fact, supported by irrefutable evidence, that under his outstanding
leadership greater progress was made toward that worthy objective than
during any other period in the Province's history.
1938 an indirect, but significant advance was made against the financial
powers. Branches of the
Provincial Treasury were established throughout the Province to provide the
people with facilities through which they could conduct their business
independent of the financial institutions.
The Treasury Branch system was combined with a Province-wide program
designed to stimulate the purchase and consumption of Alberta-Made products.
Aberhart was equally determined to provide assistance to people who, through
causes beyond their control, found themselves overburdened with debts which
they were unable to pay. Through
Provincial Debt Legislation he strove to protect the rights of those who found
themselves in this unfortunate position.
He persevered to this end despite the fact that much of his Debt
Legislation was likewise subject to a barrage of disallowances.
It is a recognized fact
that his Government made further progress than any other Government in Canada
in the field of Social Legislation. Free
hospitalization for tuberculosis patients, free clinics for cancer diagnosis,
free treatment for those suffering from poliomyelitis, and improvement in
Mothers' Allowances and Old Age Pension’s are but some of the commendable
features of his administration in this field, of which one and all must
approve. He always showed himself
to be a consistent protagonist of interest reduction, economic democracy and
social security for a1l. citizens.
six years of his administration Mr. Aberhart acted as Attorney-General, and
throughout his period of office he served as Minister of Education.
His work as Minister of Education is an invaluable contribution to the
cause of education in Canada, He
himself said, "When an opportunity for public service in the Government
presented itself, I chose the field of education and determined that the first
blow was to be struck on behalf of the children in the country."
Consistent with this purpose was his reorganization of the Province
into larger school units. This
progressive step not only made possible greater economy of administration,
but it afforded greater educational opportunities to children in rural areas.
This legislation concerning larger school units is regarded throughout Canada
as a definite step forward in the realm of education.
legislation concerning the teaching profession has been mentioned previously.
He introduced legislation, known as the Teaching Profession Act, which gave
the teaching profession status on a par with other professions. His was the first Government in Canada to grant this
recognition to the teaching profession. He
introduced, also, legislation providing for a retirement fund for teachers.
Aberhart's influence was felt, too, in higher educational circles. The
University of Alberta has expressed deep appreciation of his attitude to the
cause of higher education. He was
always most anxious that all deserving students in the Province should have
access to the advantages of a university education.
feature of Mr. Aberhart's regime deserving of comment is the construction of
hundreds of miles of hard-surfaced roads-concurrent with a reduction in the
doubtful if any Canadian premier ever met the bitter opposition which Mr.
Aberhart encountered. A man of less courage would have grown discouraged, but
he had an amazing tenacity of purpose. His
opponents found that he was not an enemy who was easy to vanquish.
His obvious sincerity and his unceasing perseverance won for him
respect even when it failed to win endorsation.
he went to the polls again in 1940, all his political opponents combined in an
attempt to dislodge him from power. They
loudly proclaimed his failure to implement Social Credit legislation, and
called attention to the barrage of disallowances which had attended his
law-making, but against the vociferous cries of his critics there stood out
two facts of which they had not taken due cognizance-firstly, the fact that
for five years he had given his Province an honest, efficient, and economical
Government, and, secondly, the fact that many thousands of men and women recognized
in Mr. Aberhart a capacity for leadership which far surpassed that displayed
by any of his opponents.
fellow citizens rallied around him. When
he contested a seat in his home City of Calgary, the large vote which he
polled showed that the people had abundant confidence in his capable
leadership. His Government was
returned to power. True, his
majority was less than in 1935, but in view of the tremendous odds against
which he had to fight, his victory over all his combined opponents was a
genuine tribute from the people on whose behalf he had worked so
Premier of Alberta, Mr. Aberhart co-operated in every way possible with the
Dominion Government in the national war effort.
He was loyal through and through, and he was determined that his
Government should leave nothing undone to help achieve victory. He
consistently showed himself to be an ardent supporter of the ideals of true
democracy and of the British Commonwealth.
As he himself said, "I am for an all-out war effort to maintain
our democratic freedom and economic security. Every true Britisher must take
to heart the need of doing everything in his power to maintain the British
ideals of life."
his eight years of Premiership, Mr. Aberhart consistently displayed that
unconquerable zeal, that never-varying persistence, which had characterized
him in all the outstanding efforts of his varied career. Although failing in health during his last term of office, he
carried on his governmental duties, and led his legislature through its
regular session which ended early in April, 1943.
Not even his closest associates realized that he was battling with a
physical weakness which was rapidly sapping his strength.
Not until very shortly before his death was alarm felt concerning his
condition. His death, therefore,
came as a great shock to his friends and supporters, many of whom had not
even known that he was seriously ill.
Aberhart was a man who made staunch friends though it is undeniable that the
very characteristics which won for him those staunch friends, won; at the same
time, bitter enemies. But, when
news of his death was broadcast, even those who had so vigorously assailed his
economic reforms, were not hesitant to express their deep appreciation of the
sterling qualities shown throughout his Premiership.
can we epitomize the life of such a man as this?
It is yet too early to measure his influence. The three great spheres of his endeavour will yield much
fruit in the days yet ahead. Thousands
of former High School students, now men and women, will find their lives
enriched and inspired by his forthright and yet kindly philosophy.
Those who were fortunate enough to know him as their Bible teacher,
especially in the intimacy of the Prophetic Bible Institute classes, will
never cease to thank God for the gift of such an instructor in spiritual
matters, and will ever feel their obligation to lift high the torch of faith
which he put into their hands. Among his associates in the political realm,
Mr. Aberhart's influence will live on, for he left an inspiring example of
what it is to be willing to fight for one's convictions, to give one's very
life in behalf of a great ideal.
does not seem fitting that this account should be closed without calling
attention to the last lecture delivered by Mr. Aberhart from the platform of
the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute on April 4th, 1943.
that occasion he read from God's Word, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures
upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal:
"For where your
treasure is, there will your heart be also."
exposition he declared, " . . . The decision we must make, in no uncertain
way, is simply this, Shall we make life here on this earth, this temporal stay
on this beautiful orb of God's creation, the be-all and end-all of life, or
shall we realize that, after all, the poet was right when he said,
"This life of
mortal breath Is but a suburb of the life Elysian Whose portal we call
ask you a question. Do you think,
for example, that fame in this world, the acclaim of your fellows, can be
compared with the commendation of the divine Heavenly Father, when He says,
"Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy
was his closing message to his fellow-men.
Does it not give us a glimpse of his great heart, and show us the burning
desire of his life? May these last
words find quick and full response in the heart of each one of us, urging us to
press on in the service of the King of Kings, the Lord of Calvary, Whose he was,
and Whom he served!