The Jericho Road eBook

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logically becomes general, pray who shall be appointed administrator of the effects of other social and moral organizations, and even of the church itself?  For in these regards all offend, if offense it be.  When the principles of Odd-Fellowship are carefully studied it is apparent to every candid mind that it is founded upon that eternal principle which recognizes man as a constituent of one universal brotherhood, and teaches him that as he came from the hand of a common parent, he is in duty bound to cherish and protect his fellow-man.  Viewed in this light, Odd-Fellowship becomes one of the noblest institutions organized by man in the world.  If the beauty and grandeur of universal brotherhood could be impressed upon the minds of all the people, how very different from the past would the future history of the world read.  What a delightful place this old stone-ribbed earth would be if men would look upon each other as brothers, members of one common family; enjoying the many comforts of one home; trusting to the guidance and protection of one Father—­God.  We are more nearly related than we think.  Running through all humanity there is a link of relationship and a bond of sympathy that can not be exterminated.  The principle of brotherly love is so great and broad that all mankind could unite in offices of human benefaction.  Brother.  Oh, how sacred and how sweet when spoken by a true heart!  Whether it be in the home circle, lodge-room, or in some distant land, it sends the same soothing thrill of joy to the heart.  Let us pause just a moment to think of the time and place when we first learned to call each other brother.  Ah!  Methinks no Odd-Fellow will ever forget his first lesson.  He will always remember how quickly he was changed from the haughty disposition manifested by that one of old, who, when he prayed, went to the public square, or climbed to the house top, and thanked God that he was not like other men, to the humble attitude of that one who stood afar off and bowed his face in the dust, crying aloud, “O Lord!  Be merciful unto me a sinner.”  How very much like this ancient boaster are thousands of the human family today.  Sitting in high places, surrounded by wealth and power, they see nothing beyond the narrow circle in which they move.  They are deaf to the low, sad wail of sorrow that comes from some breaking heart.  Seated by their own comfortable fireside they give no thought to the lonely widow standing outside in the cold.  It distresses them not that the keen, wintry blast sends its icy chill to the already broken heart.  No thought, no feeling, for this poor creature that must now fight the fierce battles incident to human life, all alone.  How sadly these tender duties to suffering humanity are neglected when left to the cold charity of the world.

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