A Mother’s Influence in The Christian Recorder, 1868

A College student, not a professor of religion, was accustomed to kneel down and pray before retiring to bed. His roommate, who was prayerless and profane, speaking of it, said:

“It’s on account of a promise he has made to his mother, I suppose.”

Of his roommate’s praying he spoke thus sneeringly, but his conjecture was probably correct.

Happy are those sons whose mothers teach them to pray, and whose influence over them on account of a pious example, is so powerful that they are constrained to do as they have been taught.

The young man who was not ashamed to pray, even in the presence of his irreligious roommate, has been for years a member of the Presbyterian Church, was joined in marriage to a pious lady, and fills with honor a high station connected with one of our State governments.

The other, who made light of a mother’s holy teachings, was a young man of talent, and a good scholar, but after leaving college he failed to occupy a prominent position among men. He died a few years ago, probably as he had lived, a scoffer.

To a pious mother’s influence many of our best men trace their elevation in the world.

 via The S.S. Times


Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: The Christian Recorder
Date: April 18, 1868
Title: A Mother’s Influence
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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