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and distribute it to the people.'” And what an in- | apostles appear to have acted on this principle. teresting sight is that which rises before our mind as They hung up the lamp in the middle of the room, taking place in Rome at the present hour! Dr Achilli | They did not expend their strength on outposts, but busy in the printing of Diodati's Bible, writing and moved forward in all the majesty of heaven's'amcirculating tracts, conversing with the priests and bassadors to seize the citadel. Searching out the literati of the Romish Church, collecting together a chief haunts of luxury and refinement, the seats of little society of converts beneath the very shadow of | philosophy and of learning, the capitals of empire,
them to hear in their own they sought first and mainly their conversion-well tongue the wonderful works of God! What Chris persuaded that if Corinth, and Athens, and Ephesus, tian is not ready to exclaim-“The Lord hath done and Rome, could be won to Christ, they would begreat things for us, whereof we are glad. This is come the great centres of influence and of life to the the doing of the Lord, and it is marvellous in our regions beyond and around. Now, appreciating the eyes ?" If we should hold our peace at such a mo- | principle on which these first missionaries acted, we ment, the very stones would cry out.
insist that the early triumph of the missionary enterAdd to all this the consideration, that a period of prise much depends on their example being closely political and social revolution, such as that through followed. Not that we would withdraw a single which so many of the states of Europe have recently missionary from a single islet of the sea, or drain passed, is emphatically one of new ideas, and aspira- | away a single penny from the treasury that supports tions, and hopes. and hopes. The general mind is in a state of him. Not that we have even any fault to find with
The fusion, ready to receive any impression, or to be cast the direction which missionary enterprise has hitherinto any mould. Multitudes are conscious of wants to taken, because Europe, in some of her most influand longings which they know not how to satisfy. | ential and populous communities, was till of late They are groping after something stable on which herinetically sealed against the truth. But, now to rest-seeking after happiness and glory, if haply that that seal has been broken, and the barrier of they may find them. We have found them in the interdiction removed, and an effectual door opened divine disclosures of the Bible, in the Christian life, into some of the most densely peopled states, it is and in the Christian hope; and shall nothing be done time that the friends of a pure and living Christianby us, in this great crisis of their history, to guide ity were catching somewhat of the spirit of those them to Him, who is “the way, and the truth, and sublime providences which have been occurring the life?" Oh! I think I see the hand of Jesus around them, and firmly resolving, in the strength pointing the Evangelical Churches of Britain to Con- of God, that the word of salvation shall be preached tinental Europe, while He addresses them in the in all the cities and villages of France-that all Belwords of our text_“Lift up your eyes, and look on gium shall hear the joyful sound that it shall be
for they are white already to harvest !” | carried across the mountains of Switzerland into the III. Qur third remark is, that it is THE DUTY OP states of Italy-and that in Rome itself, the citadel THE CHURCH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACILITIES and throne of Antichrist for a thousand years, and AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AFFORDED HER IN PRO- beneath the walls of the Vatican and the Quirinal, VIDENCE FOR EVANGELIC EFFORT. “Pray ye, there that gospel shall be borne, before which Antichrist fore, the Lord of the barvest, that he would send is destined yet to fall and be broken to pieces, like forth labourers into the harvest." Thus ought our the image of Dagon before the ark of God. And need of the Divine help and blessing to be acknow who can doubt that the evangelization of Europe ledged at every step of the missionary enterprise. would eventually and speedily prove the conversion But the man who utters such a prayer in sincerity of the world? will do every thing in his power to speed its fulfil. We cannot help thinking that one reason why the ment. So did those disciples whom our Lord first gospel has hitherto been permitted, to so large an taught thus to pray. After his ascension, Samaria extent, to be shut out from Europe, is, that full became the object of their earliest solicitude, and the time might be given her to try the experiment of scene of their first successes. And in the same spirit | being great and neacefi
| being great, and peaceful, and moral, and happy, should the Churches of Britain now act towards the
without the Bible, and without that new life which ripened fields of Continental Europe. Indeed, the the belief of its divine verities ever awakens, Well, new aspect assumed by the fairest portions of the she has tried the experiment in many forms; like Continent during the past twelve months, forms as Naaman the Syrian, calling in his magicians and endistinct an indication to us of the will of God as if we
chanters, and asking them to exert their skill in heard a voice speaking to us from the clouds, or saw curing him of his leprosy. She has sought the re
curing him of his lepro an angel's hand stretched out from the heavens, and | medy in military prowess, in philosophical theories, pointing to the greatest of Europe's kingdoms and in elegant refinements, in sensual pleasures, in polirepublics. The opening of “a great door and effec- tical changes; and still, with all her aspirations and tual" in the ancient missionary field was justly re | efforts, that something is wanting which alone can garded by the apostles as equivalent to a Divine com- | make her what she would wish to heA
make her what she would wish to be. At the end mand to enter. And if such a command may not of all she is still the poor “leper, white as snow." now be gathered by us from the condition of Europe, And now that all the magicians and necromancers then must we despair of ever being able to ascertain have been proved vain, has not the time, even the the mind of God from his providential arrangements, set time, come for Christianity to step forth, like the however distinct and unequivocal their voice.
venerable and benignant seer, and say, “Let the Various considerations tend to give additional nations come to me, and they shall know that there force to these views. It seems one of the plainest / is a prophet in Israel." dictates of wisdom that we should seek the evangel. IV. Nothing can be more encouraging than to be ization of those communities which are most likely, assured, in the last place, that ALL OUR CHRISTIAN when evangelized, to exert a powerful influence over EFFORT IS REGARDED WITH THE DEEPEST INTEREST others. In this view, the conversion of a French BY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, AND WILL IN DUE! village, or of a Swiss canton, is relatively of far more TIME BE CROWNED WITH A GLORIOUS REWARD. It importance than the bringing of some savage tribe, may have been the more special calling of some to or remote and solitary island, under the power of the sow, and of others to reap; but the Lord of the har. gospel-even though the number of human beings vest has both promised and provided that they who may in all these cases have been the same. The sow and they who reap shall eventually rejoice to
gether. The Old Testament prophets, and after- | than another, or a few and not the whole? “In the wards our Lord himself, had been the principal morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold sowers in Samaria; the apostles and evangelists were not thine hand : for thou knowest not whether shall to be the reapers in that abundant field; but both prosper, either this or that, or whether they both they who sowed and they who reaped would yet re shall be alike good." You know not which moment's joice together. In like manner, in our own day, the work may be most blest. humble colporteur or book-pedlar is often the first to Suppress that unbelief. You have no greater foe awaken an interest in Divine truth in the Romish to your usefulness, nor to your spiritual prosperity, population of the towns and villages of France; and than that. It is Satan's sublimated poison. By inthe evangelist following in his footsteps, explains to dulging it you forswear your covenant vows, and rethem the way of Christ more fully, and gathers theject the truth and grace of the Saviour. He requires
est which the colporteur had sown. Both rejoice you to pray-to admonish an erring brother-to warn now; both shall be eternally rewarded hereafter; and and entreat a sinner-to labour for the suppression those benevolent Christians in Britain, who had con- of iniquity and for the enlargement of his kingdom. tributed to their aid, and had followed them with You say, “It will do no good; my influence is nothing." their prayers, shall rejoice and be rewarded along | The Lord calls on you to rejoice in him; but you go with them. But we may not follow this inviting train with your head bowed down, and in melancholy that of remark farther.
is kindred to despair. You will not believe what the However important and propitious the present Lord hath said. " Alas! how many wounds does the crisiz in Continental affairs, it may yet, if unimproved, Saviour receive from the unbelief that is cherished be short-lived. There are periods in the affairs of by his professed friends. As if all his promises were nation, as well as of individuals, regarding which it nothing. As if he had no care over those who have may be said that they are then “not far from the made him their trust. As kingdom of God,"_tides in the affairs of souls which, strength to do his will. O Christian ! when will taken at the full, lead on to heaven; but such periods you learn that what you are not that is good and demay only return a second time after the lapse of a sirable, Christ is ? That what you have not, either long cycle of ages. Let the Churches of Britain, of graces, or of talents and efficiency for his service, then, awake to their duty, and seek, by their timely he is able to impart? Do not live as if you were interest and action, to bless Europe with a second Re- friendless-an outcast. Do not perish with hunger, formation. Oh! thou Lord of the harvest, send nor be clothed with rags, when in your Father's house forth labourers into the harvest.
there is bread enough and to spare, and when the spotless robes of a Saviour's righteousness are offered to
you. Why will you thirst, and faint, and die, when SUPPRESS IT.
a well of water springing up into everlasting life” That feeling of pride and self-complacency. “I is right before you, and the Lord of life invites you gave so much to such an object. I made a powerful to drink and thirst no more for ever. “Be no more exhortation. What a prayer I made! I preached faithless, but believing."--N. Y. Evangelist. 99 eloquently as to astonish myself. I conversed with this sinner, and prayed with that one, and wrote
CHERISH IT. a letter to another, and they have all been converted." That thought of your unprofitableness in the service How easy it is to magnify I until he gets the place of your Lord. Do not dismiss the thought as soon of the Lord! If you wish to give glory to God, you as it enters your mind, because it makes you unhappy. will do well to keep self out of sight. Those are not It is best that we should be unhappy where we are really the most useful nor the most holy persons, wrong. If you will call to remembrance your who are so in their own esteem. The Lord does not neglects and omissions of duty, misimproved prividelight in those who seek to rob him of his glory, nor leges and opportunities for usefulness, the waste of dwell in the heart of the proud. "But to this man time, talents, and possessions ; you may have what will I look, even to him that is poor and of a con- | you need, and what is most sweet and salutary--the trite spirit, and trembleth at my word." When you tear of repentance. Your heart may be refreshed have come to consider yourself very necessary to the by the Saviour's grace, and you may be strengthened Lord's work, you, probably, will be laid aside. to serve and honour him as you have never yet done.
Suppress that feeling of jealousy. You think your- | You may, as yet, have done little in comparison self slighted. Others, you think, have more honour with what you might have done for Christ's cause. than you, when you are more deserving than they. Will you now " redeem the time?" Perhaps you think right-probably, however, your Cherish that thought of speaking a kind word to a pride bas over-estimated self, and underrated others. fellow-man who is ready to perish. It is such a If it is true that you are not appreciated, and others thought as the Spirit puts into the hearts of believers. are exalted to your prejudice, be not disturbed by it. If you let it pass away, the fellow-sinner may go on It is a very small thing that you “should be judged unadmonished and be lost for ever. Stop not to parof men's judgment." These little inequalities of the ley with indolence, or unbelief, or procrastination ; earth will soon be all made level. Whatever con- but keep the thought in your mind until it matures duces to our humiliation cannot hurt us. The dan- into a purpose, and when the purpose is formed, go gers of injury lie in the opposite direction. If you at once and execute it. Many thoughts of doing such cherish jealousies and envyings, you can make your good arise in the hearts of Christians ; but alas ! how self very uncomfortable, and do great injustice to few of them are cherished until the good work is others. If, tbrough rich grace, you are enabled so to done. I fear that many are so well satisfied with live as to deserve better than you receive at the hands themselves for having resolved to o
the of men, be thankful and satisfied.
thought of it, that they rest there, and in reality acSuppress that inclination to indolence or ease. It complish no more than if the suggestion for good had is unbecoming and unchristian. You have no time never entered their minds. Were a thousandth part to waste-no talents which you have a right to hide of the beneficence accomplished of which Christians in the earth. The glory of God, the salvation of think, and which (with the divine blessing) they men, and your own salvation, require of you to "live might accomplish, who can tell with what acceleraby the moment." Your whole life is made up of ted impulse the great work of the world's salvation seconds. What right have you to waste one more would move forward?
Cherish the spirit of prayer. At times you have When in some sad and sunless hour, unusual freedom in prayer. Your heart is drawn
We pine for smiles and tones of love, out. You seem to be permitted to come very near
They bid us look, through storm and shower, to God. Your desires are warm, and they flow out
To thee-our Light and Life-above. in love and submission. Your faith is unusually strong, and you scarcely know how to cease from prayer. Well, you need not cease. The injunction
THE CHRISTIAN A LIGHT. is, “ Pray without ceasing.” You cannot be the whole time in the closet or prayer.room: but you
Our Lord said to his disciples, “ Ye are the light of can, while at your daily labour-while engaged in the world.” Was this a mere rhetorical figure, or · conversation, or in whatever duty engaged, be con was it a sober and practical estimate of the Christian's tinually lifting up your heart to God. His ear will
influence and responsibility? The Christian is comhear the desire, "unuttered or expressed.” If you have lost the spirit of prayer, seek it immediately. If
manded to let his light shine before men, that others you have it, cherish it as far more precious than gold
beholding it may be led to glorify his heavenly or precious stones.
Father. This is required of every Christian ; for Cherish a meek and humble frame of mind. None every true Christian has light, and is himself a light. is more becoming-none so full of peace. You may | He walks in light; he lives near to the great Founeasily lose it. A little pride, hasty and angry words,
tain of Light; and his light shines of course as long or an ambitious desire. may dispel that heavenly temper, and leave your soul in wretchedness. The
as he feeds the flame of piety in his own soul. This indulgence of a little censoriousness, or an unforgiv
light is not to be produced by artificial means; its ing spirit, will speedily empty your heart of meekness, shining cannot be increased by mechanical contrivhumility, and peace.
ances; the lamp of devotion must be fed; it must be Cherish love to the Saviour, and confidence in
kept ever trimmed and burning; whatever would him. Cherish them by sitting at his feet to learn,
obscure or tarnish its lustre must be put away; and and by diligence in doing his will. By constant looking to him for strength, and for every grace. By
then the Christian's life will be a pure and heavenly committing your soul to his keeping from day to day. light. How many eyes may be turned toward one
Do not think that Christian graces can grow with such light; how many souls may be guided by it to out cultivation. Neglect them, and the sun will truth and to heaven; or how many may perish if it scorch them-thorns will spring up and choke them,
burns dimly or is extinguished ! or the birds of the air will devour them. Cherish them, and when the showers of grace, and the light
We remember to have read a traveller's conversaand heat of the “Sun of righteousness descends, they
tion with the keeper of the lighthouse at Calais, in will bring forth fruit to the Saviour's praise."--Ibid. nearly the following words. The watchman was
boasting of the brilliancy of his lantern, which can THE LETTER FROM HOME.
be seen ten leagues at sea, when the visitor said to
him: “• What if one of the lights should chance to BY REV. JAMES GILBOURNE LYONS. A YOUTHFUL stranger walk'd alone
“* Never! impossible !' he cried, with a sort of In a great city's busiest place;
consternation at the bare hypothesis. 'Sir,' said he, He heard not one familiar tone,
pointing to the ocean, 'yonder, where nothing can He saw not one familiar face;
be seen, there are ships going by to every part of the He trod that long and weary street
world. If to-night one of my burners were out, Till day's last beam wax'd faint and dim,
within six months would come a letter-perhaps from But none were near to cheer or greet
India, perhaps from America, perhaps from some Not one was there to smile on him.
place I never heard of—saying, at such a night, at He saw before him thickly press
such an hour, the light of Calais burned dim. The The rude, the beautiful, the proud,
watchman neglected his post, and vessels were in And felt that strange, deep loneliness, danger. Ah, sir, sometimes in the dark nights, in
Which chills us in the selfish crowd: the stormy weather, I look out to sea, and feel as if
And scorn'd each soft and wailing mood, Go out! burn dim! Oh, never !
“ With how much dignity can enthusiasm invest Of doubts and wasting cares intrude. the meanest occupations; and how constantly the
human heart rises superior to its circumstances ! While yet he mused in bitter thought
What more monstrous drudgery can be conceived A messenger appear'd at hand,
than this poor fellow's existence--pent in a narrow Who to that mourning pilgrim brought
tower, burnishing his mirrors by day, trimming his A letter from his own fair land.
lamps by night! And yet as he stands, with excited Eager, as if it search'd a mine,
imagination, in the midnight conflict of the elements; His eye that welcome page explored,
feeling the eyes of the world upon him; holding himAnd as it read each glowing line,
self responsible to all nations_his function almost Hope, gladness, life-were all restored.
rises into the sublime, dilating to moral grandeur by Yet mightier than the voice from home the force of his own conceptions."
Which nerved that drooping exile's breast, But it is no romance which makes the Christian a Those words of thine, Redeemer, come
light for the world, with the eyes of the whole world To calm our fears and give us rest;
upon him. This he is, by express appointment of his
Lord, commanded to shine, holding forth the Word perhaps of twenty years, and that from him who of Life. Let then his light be always full, bright, hath all the while laboured faithfully so far to enpare. The moment he neglects it and suffers it to lighten them, as that they might not depart this life
with hope of heaven, and then, with the foolish grow dim, some poor soul, struggling amid the waves
virgins, fall (utterly against all expectation both of temptation, for lack of it may be dashed upon the of themselves and others) into the bottomless pit of rocks of destruction - Independent.
hell. How many go to hell with a vain hope of
heaven!--Janeway. DEAD PROFESSORS. Some of you sit here before us from day to day, as
FANNY BELKNAP. senseless of those things which most deeply and This little girl died at Louisville, Kentucky, Febdearly concern the eternal ruin or welfare of your
ruary 8, 1849, aged four years, eight months, and precious souls, as the seats upon which you sit, the pillars you lean to, nay, the dead bodies you tread
ten days. The Preshyterian Herald gives an account upon. Others looking towards heaven afar off, and of her which is more than pleasing: professing a little, sit before us as though they were While in health, she was accustomed to look forright and truly religious; "and they hear our words,
ward to death and heaven. She had a favourite but they will not do them: for with their mouth
hymn entitled “ Heaven.” they show much love, but their heart goeth after
One day, after reading their coretousness. And lo, we are unto them as a
that hymn she said, “Oh, mother, what a lovely very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, place heaven is !” “But you do not wish to go there and can play well on an instrument: for they hear yet, do you Fanny? You could not wish to leave our words, but they do them not."-(Ezek. xxxiii. 31,
us ?” “Oh! not that,” she answered with deep feel32.) They who are friends to the better side, may gó
ing, “ But Oh! mother, children are so safe there." far, and even suffer sometimes in good causes, &c. But let us once touch them in point of commodity,
A few days before her death, when thought to be about their inclosures, immoderate plungings into nearly well, her mother, who had just returned from worldly affairs, detaining church-dues, usury, and the funeral of her little cousin, took her in her other dishonest gain, and base niggardliness; if, out
arms and spoke to her of the cold dark grave as his of grief of heart for their shaming religion, exposing
new resting-place. “Oh! mother," she said, “ do the gospel of Jesus Christ to blasphemy, and hardening others against profession, we meddle with their
not say that; we know he is in a better place than fashions, their pride, their worldly-mindedness, and this." During that night appeared the symptoms of conformity to the world almost in every thing save that disease which so soon consigned her lovely form only some religious forms; if we press them more to the dust, and her spirit to the God who gave it: particularly, upon danger of damnation, to more holy
she soon discovered, without being told of it, that strictness, preciseness, and zeal, knowing too well, by
her end was approaching. “Fanny," said her grandlong observation and acquaintance, that they never vet passed the perfections of formal professors, and mother, “do you pray whilst you are sick, and ask foolish virgins--alas ! we then tind' by too much God to make you well?” “No, grandmother,” she woful experience, if they politicly bite it not in, that said, “mother prays for that, I only pray to be this faithful dealing doth marvellously discontent good." Two nights previous to her death, being them, and these precious balms do break their heads
alone with her a few minutes, her mother whispered with a witness, and make the blood run about their ears; whereupon they are wont to fall upon us more
to her, “ Fanny you are not going to die, are you, my foul (such true Pharisees are they) than would either darling ?” “Yes, mother," she replied. “But you the drunkard or good-fellow, the publicans and harlots, cannot wish to go and leave your poor mother." do in such cases; they presently, swelling with much “Oh! mother,” she said, avoiding a reply to that passionate heat, proud indignation, disdain, and
part of the question which related to their separaimpatience to be reformed, have recourse to such weak and carnal cavils, contradictions, exceptions,
tion, but looking up in her face with the most touchexcuses, and raving, that in nothing do they more ing tenderness, as she took her hand within her own,
“if heaven is a so much happier world then this, ought doth not flatter them, or whom they do not blind not I to be willing to go ?” She had been very desirous with their entertainments and bounty, or delude with to attend the last communion which took place the painted pretences and art of seeming, their for
Sabbath before she died, but was prerented by indismality and false-heartedness. And yet, as they are characterized, “they seek the Lord daily, and deposition, and, referring to her disappointment, she light to know his ways, as a nation that did right
said several times with great earnestness, “I shall eousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their certainly go to the next--sball I not?” Blest child ! God: they ask of him the ordinances of justice; they how goon she should take it in her father's kingdom take delight in approaching to God."-(Isa. lvii. 2.)
none of us knew. Asking of the nature of God, as They may have divine ordinances on foot in their families, entertain God's people at their tables, fast
to his beginning, some time previous to her illness, and afflict their souls upon days of humiliation, as
she was told that such questions were not profitable, appears in the fore-cited chapter (verse 3), hear the and would do no good if understood. “No, indeed," word gladly with Herod, and, with much respect was her trusting response, "all we need to know is and acceptation, observe the messenger. But they that we cannot love him as much as we ought.” will not stir an inch farther from the world, or
Her little heart was wrung with anguish to see the nearer to God, say what he will, let him preach out his heart, as they say. They will not abate one jot
distress occasioned by her illness to her parents and of their over-eager pursuit after the things of this
friends, and she did all in her power to soothe and life, or stir one foot out of the unzealous plodding comfort them; going so far as to say, when her every course of formal Christianity-no, not for the sermons breath seemed as though it must be the last, and her
whole frame was convulsed with her efforts at res- find him Jounging under a tree, and complaining, piration, “Oh! mother do not cry; perhaps you 'Master, the sun is very hot, and the ploughing think that I suffer more than I do."
hard; I am weary of the work you have appointed
me, and am overdone with the heat and burden of HINT ON SPIRITUAL PRIDE.
the day. Do, master, let me return home, and be If the Lord hath beautified us with many graces and
discharged from this hard service ?' What would I gifts above others, we must not exalt ourselves above say? why, that he was a lazy fellow, that it was his others; we must look upon ourselves, as considered business to do the work that I had appointed him, in ourselves, to be the same men still. Can the wall until I should think fit to call him home." say it hath brought forth the beams that the sun hath cast upon it? So if God hath shined upon thee,
HINTS TO MINISTERS. and left others in darkness, art thou the better of A SERYON should be made for a text, and not a thyself? Shall the pen boast itself because it bath
| text found for a sermon.-Burnett. written a fair epistle? Who made it? who put ink
In preaching, study not to draw applauses, but into it? who guided it! The glory belongs not to
groans, from the hearers.- Jacomb. the pen, but to the writer. What though God hath
We want nothing but the return of apostolical used thee, and not others, in some great work ?-the
simplicity, self-denial, and love, to bring a pentecospraise is his, not thine: we praise not the trumpet,
tal effusion of the Spirit upon our ministrations.but him that sounds it. Paul was a better trumpet
Bridges. than ten thousand others, and yet he said, “I am
Steep your sermons in your hearts before yon nothing." The smoke, a dusky and obscure vapour,
| preach them.-- Bishop Felton. climbs up into the light, rising above the pure air
Choose rather to teach than to charm, to convert around it. Many exalt themselves above their
than to be admired, to fcrce tears than applause. brethren for gifts and outward things, which are but
Give up every thing to secure the salvation of your the trappings, and make not the difference between
bearers.-Gilbert. man and man; as if a man were the taller because
Brethren, if saving souls be your end, you will cerdhe stands on a hill, or a man had a better body be
tainly intend it out of the pulpit as in it.-Barter. cause he had a better suit on-he is the same man
The life of a pious clergyman is visible rhetoric.-still. We are not to be proud even of our graces,
Hooker, much less of outward things.-- Preston.
Satan would have me while away my life in inactivity, under pretences of nodesty, diffidence, and hu
mility, and he is never wanting to furnish me with BE NOT WEARY.
excuses for delaying or shifting service.-T. Scott. WHEN Mr Whitefield was last in America, he one
The Christian minister should endeavour to turn
the eyes of every one of his bearers in upon himself. day dined, with Mr Tennent and other ministers, at
K. Hall. a gentleman's house. After dinner, Mr Whitefield |
Let your life be a commentary on your sermons.adverted to the difficulties attending the gospel min-| Lamont. istry; lamented that all their zeal availed but little: The great secret of ruling a Church is to convince said that he was weary with the burdens of the day; |
them that you love them, and say and do every thing declared his great consolation that in a short time
for their good.-A. Fuller.
Am I more fit to serve and to enjoy God than I his work would be done, when he should depart and
was last week ?-8. Pearce. be with Christ: he then appealed to the ministers You must rather leave the ark to shake as it shall if it was not their great comfort that they should go please God, than put unworthy hands to hold it up. to rest. They generally assented except Mr Tennent, who sat next to Mr Whitefield in silence, and
COLD STORMS IN SPRING. by his countenance discovered but little pleasure in
WHEN winter returned upon us some weeks ago, the conversation. On which Mr Whitefield, tapping
with its snow and sleet and chilling winds, we heard
it remarked, “ Such weather at this season is a him on the knee, said, “ Well, brother Tennent,
salutary check upon vegetation. When there is a you are the oldest man among us, do you not rejoice succession of warm days in early Spring, not only do to think that your time is 80 near at hand, when you plants come forward rapidly, but there is a tenderness will be called home?" Mr Tennent bluntly an in the stalk which renders them sensitive to late swered, “ I have no wish about it.” Mr Whitefield
frosts, to which our climate is liable. Such a day as pressed him again ; Mr Tennent again answered,
this checks their growth, but it hardens them; they
| become tempered to the climate, and reach maturity “No, sir, it is no pleasure to me at all; and if you
slowly but sufely." knew your duty, it would be none to you. I have | This fact illustrates God's method in the worlds of nothing to do with death; my business is to live as providence and grace. The sudden and rapid growth long as I can--as well as I can-and serve my Mas of prosperity is dangerous. It exposes us to feel ter as faithfully as I can, until he shall think proper
more keenly hereafter some sudden blast of adversity. to call me home." Mr Whitefield still urged for an
We need to be tempered and indurated by occasional
disappointments and trials. “It is good for a man explicit answer to his question, in case the time of that he bear the yoke in his youth." death were left to his own choice. Mr Tennent re The exhilaration of the young convert may require plied, “I have no choice about it; I am God's ser- | the discipline of doubts and fears, that a calmer and vant, and have engaged to do his business as long as
firmer faith may thus be nurtured within him. he pleases to continue me therein. But now, brother,
It is better that our young hopes should be damped
and chilled, if thereby they shall be brought to a let me ask you a question. What do you think I
firmer consistency, than that they sbould grow would say, if I was to send my man into the field to luxuriantly, to be nipped and blighted erelong by plough; and if at noon I should go to the field, and the rude blast.