Lesson 1: A boy, a girl, and a tent

Of course I don't think that you are really like the boy or the girl whom you will soon see on the other side of one of the blackboards. I have never seen a Haggerston boy with hair like that, or in such preposterous clothes; and I don't want to. And she looks too good to be true. But I couldn't find any other pictures easy for you, and me, to draw.

But you are either a boy or a girl; and each of you, like everybody else in the world, has been made by God. Your mother and father had to help God to make you, for nearly always God does his work in this world through people who live in it. But only God could give you life (Genesis 2, 7).

God made you a body and a soul. That is what you are now, body and soul.

Your body keeps on growing and changing. You have to get your hair cut (I wish that the cissy-looking Clarence on the blackboard would): scars and bruises disappear: fingernails and toenails must be cut (not bitten): teeth have to be pulled out (doesn't it hurt?). Your body is not the same as the one you had when you were a baby: when you are grown-up it will be different to the one you have now.

But you don't change. Because the real you is your soul, living in your body, like a Scout or Guide living in a tent at camp.

Some day, I hope not for a long time, the tent of your body will get old and be worn-out, or it may have an accident; some day your body will die. Then your soul will go out of your body into the life that is beyond this world, like some one walking out of a tent. For your soul will not die. The real you can never die (St. John 5, 24). You will never end.

So, what are you?