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following after those who have gone before us, rather us the GREATER pain in one respect, or the Less in than wish those friends back again to a world like another; the greater, on account of the deeply this. Who could ever think of congratulating any wounded state of our hearts because we lose them that had been enjoying the heavenly rest and security so soon; or the less, because we are more accustomed for ten, a hundred, or a thousand years together, I to it. We are willing, however, to abide in the upon their having to return back again to the perils | hands of God: let him do w and dangers of the present life? Why, then, should him good. Besides, we have not even yet the afflicwe regard it as an affliction, that any one of our tions of Job; we have not lost all, nor all at once, number has escaped from such perils, and is only en like him. We have not lost seven, nor any of our tered into perfect peace and security? Ifa vacancy has grown children, nor any when absent from us; not been made in the family circle, let it also be re-even two at once, much less seven at once; nor by membered that another vacancy has been filled up any tempest; all which circumstances together in heaven. The nearer we in this world are ap- aggravated the affliction of Job. And even had it proaching to the end of all things, the more wel been our lot to bear all this, still it would have become should be the thought of dying; because come us to arm ourselves with Job's patience, which every departed Christian finds, that the multitude we should have found the easier of having his case of the blessed is increasingly outnumbering the and example before us, and from our being nearer militant remnant; and because the whole family of than he was to the great consummation. Amen. God are thus successively gathering in, that we may The everlasting God be gracious to us, not forsaking all be together for ever with the Lord.
us in the time of adversity!” “ At the funeral. I accepted the condolence and consolations of kind friends as heartily as if I had
ON THE DEATH OF A GRAND-DAUGHTER. possessed no stock of these for myself; and thus God, “ The now happy little E. F. I. is registered in our by their mouth, sent me many a good word in season, hearts, though the shortness of her stay in this world particularly about the communion we still share in | has prevented us from seeing her. But she was not the TOTAL number of our dear children, who are dis born in vain. The difference between her own span tributed at present between earth and heaven; like of life and ours, was merely this, that she was perwise, about the mutual recognition of friends whom mitted to reach the mark by the shortest way. Let we shall meet in a better world. As we walked from God now rejoice her spirit in the company of her the house behind the corpse, I looked up to the little brother who preceded her; yes, let God comfort serene heaven, and my mind itself became as serene her now after the time that he afflicted her, and thus as if no such funeral were going on. In the church- bestow, according to the good pleasure of his will, yard, after the coffin-lid was removed, and the the more abiding joy upon my dear Maria, their bunches of flowers which had been fastened to the mother. More especially, with respect to thee, my white pall were added to the rest inside, I beheld beloved daughter, may He alleviate thy days and once more the face of our blessed child. The sun nights, till thou art strengthened to quit the sickwas shining with overpowering brightness in the chamber; and may it please him to grant to all of cloudless sky, and I could not forbear saying to the us, upon this occasion, renewed faith, love, patience, bystanders, as I pointed first to the corpse and then and hope, in measure ever more full and adequate to to the sun, “So will that dear child look, which is our necessities !" now no longer like itself.' Animated as I felt with such a hope, I could easily have taken the shovel out
ON THE ILLNESS OF A GRANDCHILD. of the sexton's hands, and myself have done the
December 27th, 1745. office of closing up the little chamber of rest, although, “I would add a few words to thee, my belove when my first-born, our dear little Albert Fredric, led daughter. You say you are become in some was buried, the sight of the ceremony at that time
degree resigned about witnessing the continual sufmade such a sad disturbance in my heart. But onferings of your dear little one; and well may we learn the present occasion, I went from the grave into the
under the fatherly hand of God. He is doing all church with so much cheerfulness of spirit, that I things well; but then we must estimate every event, even wished the remainder of the service could have
not according to what our nature feels by it now, been reserved for the time of my own departure.
but according to the end we shall find answered by " We are now, once more, outside the burial gate, Lit when we are got home. Let us plead and fully under our own roof, and returned to the necessary depend on the name of Jesus for the little darling, occupations of this vain and shadowy life. But we
and for ourselves; and let that great name be a real feel more sensibly than ever, that things are rapidly
comfort and blessing to us. Your dear uncle, my preparing us for the time when these mortal bodies
own brother, oftened suffered hy convulsions in his must be borne back through that gate. Blessed be
infancy. As long as there is life there is hope, withthe name of the Lord !"
out requiring any special miracle. Let us only serve In the year 1723, his second son, Joseph, was born, God in prayer and supplication, always waiting upon I but lived only three months. A third, named John him and waiting for him. May he lead every one of William, lived but fourteen days. On this latter
us, with his own hand, out of the departing year isoccasion, the sorrowing father wrote as follows:
to the new !" “Our John William was just shown to us, and its
ON THE DEATH OF THIS GRANDCHILD. funeral will take place to-morrow morning. I have “I will now add a mord in reply to yourself, my thought more about its burial than its birth; not beloved daughter. We may safely say that all has because of unbelief, but to be prepared for the been well with the precious child while it was with occasion.
us; and we shall go to it by and by. One benefit of " The dear babe suffered, during the fourteen days its sufferings is, that our remembrance of it is the of its little life, by jaundice, cough, and white erup- more dear and tenderly affecting to us. Heretofore tion, with thrush, and died yesterday evening. You thy child depended upon THEE; now thy soul follows have, therefore, quite as good reason to congratulate after it. This is all right, Our faithful Father in us now, as you had fourteen days ago. It came into heaven does it out of mere kindness. He may have this world to die and go to heaven. I know not sent it as a chastening, but he designs it as a benefit. whether this rapid succession of bereavements gives May the consolations of God, which are neither few
nor small, be intimately experienced by both of you tery which, had it occurred in a well-bricked or dryfor permanent benefit! May he cause his face to boarded apartinent, would have been altogether too! shine the brighter upon yourselves after this tribu marvellous for the grasp of any rational credulity. lation! Trouble not thyself about the past sufferings It was in the very spacious kitchen of a fine old: of the dear little creature; she is now removed from family mansion, embowered in venerable oaks and all suffering, and among the spirits of the just made elms of mighty growth, that the servants, requiring perfect. If the merciful God has commanded man a stout block for culinary purposes, had obtained it to be merciful to his beast, and even to the bird up from the lower part of a stately tree, recently felled; on her nest; how is it possible that he can ever gra and fixing its spreading base on the kitchen floor tuitously inflict so many sufferings upon our dear 80 they called it, though of flooring that quarter was little ones? Doubtless there is a wise, good, and perfectly destitute-they used it for several years in benevolent reason for it.
the capacity aforesaid. Many a hard blow had the block sustained; many a time had its stubborn sur. i
face turned the edge of a hatchet and saw, sending RESIGNATION.
the grumbling operator to the grindstone. Nobody LORD, it belongs not to my care
doubted but the block was destined to serve for some Whether I die or live;
generations among those to whom its uses were ! To love and serve thee is my share,
various and important. The kitchen range did not
appear more completly naturalized in its appointed And this thy grace must give.
station; nor, apparently, was the iron which comIf life be long, I will be glad,
posed it more effectually divorced from its parent That I may long obey;
mine, than was its neighbour, the heart of oak, from If short, yet why should I be sad
its brethren of the forest. To soar to endless day?
One fine moist spring, however, produced a singu
lar effect on the block : several delicate young leaves Christ leads me through no darker rooms
were seen to sprout from its side. It was remarked
as a curious circumstance by some of the servants. Than He went through before;
but the leaves soon being chipped off, little notice wag He that into God's kingdom comes,
taken. The following year it exhibited more conspiMust enter by His door.
cuous tokens of vegetation : the shoots were many Come, Lord, when grace has made me meet and of vigorous growth; while the servants agreed to Thy blessed face to see;
preserve them, pleased to behold their ancient friend
in so respectable a livery of national green. Towards For if Thy work on earth be sweet, What will Thy glory be?
autumn, its appearance became so striking that the report was carried into the parlour; and the master
of the family found on inspection so fine a develop-! Then shall I end my sad complaints,
ment of root, striking deep into the soil of the kitAnd weary sinful days;
chen, that for the sake of experiment he caused it, And join with the triumphant saints
to be very carefully dug up, without stripping those That sing Jehovah's praise.
young roots, and placed in the natural ground, near My knowledge of that life is small,
an ancient avenue of its own kindred. He was not The eye of faith is dim;
disappointed : for in a year or two the bushy honours
of this kitchen block furnished one of the finest But 'tis enough that Christ knows all,
specimens of oak foliage to be found on the demesne. And I shall be with him.
I was in the neighbourhood at the time of this -R. Baxter. singular transplantation, and ridiculed very freely
the idea of any other result than the speedy wither.
ing both of root and sprout; alleging tha: the atmoTHE OAK-STUMP.
spheric change from a culinary hot-house to the chill
damps of closing autumn, with winter's succeeding BY CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH.
blight, would alone suffice to extinguish the feeble SOMETHING of recent occurrence has recalled to my essay of vegetation. But I wronged the noble plant: mind a circumstance, which, at the time, amused me or rather the hardihood with which the Creator has greatly, and furnished not a few subsequent reflec endowed that majestic race of trees. It shamed my tions. I can and do vouch for the truth of the inci- | confident predictions, and became an ornament to dept; it really happened: but to render it less in the place. credible than it might appear to an English reader, Such a type has afforded me many pleasing illus I must observe that in sundry districts of Ireland trations, both on national and personal subjects; but they do not always carry the finish of a kitchen so one case is at this moment present to me, which fol. far as we do, in country houses of even high respecta- lows it out, I think, with peculiar truth. It regards bility, and of the most substantial description. That the solitary survivor of a family that once flourished: part of the titting most frequently dispensed with is in the courts of the Lord : until, one by one, they' the floor. Boards or bricks are little known in were removed to a better country, and this youth re-i some places; and where a few flags are laid down, so mained, cut off from every external tie that had for. many portions become detached in process of time, merly united him to the people of God. Throw or sink unequally into the soil, that the pavement is among worldlings, he became altogether as they : he but a partial, irregular affair. I do not mean this as served their master, and he served them, in all the ! a general description : but I have often seen it so in drudgery of sin. The world, the busy, noisy, abject houses of large dimensions, and possessing luxurious world, became his element: in their daily toil he accommodations; while, either from a stretch of hos- | partook, and from their scenes of nightly revelry he pitality on the part of the servants, or as a security was never absent. No more resemblance could be against nightly depredation, the fowls were admitted traced between H- and his departed relatives, snugly to roost among the long rafters, or other con- | than between the low and greasy block in a butcher's veniences, beneath the warm and sheltering roof, stall, and the noble stem that throws the canopy of This sketch may furnish a hint to unravel the mys its verdant branches over a wide expanse of sel
tered sod. The most sanguine of Christ's followers | detect myself in meddling in matters too high for dared not to surmise of poor young H- that a me, by putting forward at such tiines the secret deprinciple of spiritual life existed within, lying dor- crees of electing sovereignty; so that, by musing mant thus from year to year.
whether such a soul be of the number of the elect, I Yet so it was: I had the story from himself, that have virtually put that treacherous "If thou canst," the first motions of that divine vegetation arose in | between me and my prayer. “God,” says this spehis soul without the intervention of any other means cious sort of unbelief, "may have so bound himself than a vague and confused recollection of what he by his own eternal decree, that this soul does not had heard in very early life. It was in the midst of come within the number who shall be saved.” Away as busy and bustling a throng as ever had congre with such daring perversion of a glorions truth! And gated around him, that these thoughts stole over his oh! that we heeded more the impressive, the invalu. mind ually absorbin it to such an extent, that
nt, that I able, the heart-strengthening reproof__“If thor the forms which flitted past him were but as the sha canst believe :---all things are possible to him that bedows of clouds, and their merry or earnest voices as lieveth." And where, all the while, was the subject the murmur of running streams to the contempla of this momentous dialogue ? Why, he “wallowed tive recluse. Hours had thus elapsed ere he became foaming,” in the very grasp, under the fiercest domisensible of their flight; and he hastened into retire nion of the devil. ment with feelings incomprehensible to himself, “But this was a child.” Be it so: he was no child there to brod over the sweet and awful theme. to whom, when his friends brought him, and let him
His experience was even from this moment a re down in the midst before Jesus, the Saviour, "seeing markably happy one: convictions he had, deep and their faith, said unto him, Son, be of good cheer, thy powerful, of indwelling and of actual sin : but the sins are forgiven thee."
are forgiven thee." Of course, no thinking
01 manifestation of redeeming love was too vivid for the Christian will suppose that I am verging to the polong continuance of any cloud. Fruits soon appeared, pish doctrine of saintly mediation, based on the merits extraordinary enough in the sight of his ignorant of the mediating saints; but this is the simple factcompanions, but passed over by them as the effect of God works by means; and your earnest believing momentary caprice. After a while, however, the prayers for your friend are as much an appointed Lord, who was thus mightily working in and for him, means as any that you can name. In using those directed his removal, even in point of professional means, according to that appointment, O thou of avocations, from among the uugodly, and placed him little faith, wherefore dost thou doubt ? “Lord, if in the midst of those who knew and feared His name. thou wilt, thou canst," cries the leper, and the anUntil then, H had made no open profession, and swer is sweetly given for every leprous soul that it was a matter of painful conjecture with his new | shall, to the end of time, come to the Healerassociates, and of profane jests and foolish bets with “I will.” “If thou canst do any thing, have comthe old, as to how he would appear in this situation. | passion on us and help us,'' says the doubting father, A very little time sufficed to delight the one party, as interceding for his child; and in like manner comes much as the others were astonished and chagrined. the meet reply for every hesitating intercessor. “If If ever a young man boldly professed the name of thou canst believe : all things are possible to him!! Christ, and beautifully adorned his doctrine, such a that believeth.” I may well be pardoned the repetiman was - Rooted and grounded in the faith, tion: we require to have these words hammered inhe stood, a tree of the Lord's planting, bearing fruit to us, until they extort the bitter, self-convicted cry, abundantly, that He might be glorified. I may speak “Help thou mine unbelief !” freely of the departed, and H i s gone to his rest: 1 Doubting Christians! there is many a soul in glory, I never beheld more vigorous growth than in him : | brought to its threshold through the appointed or a richer adorning of those gifts and graces which means of your secret supplications, concerning which the Lord alone can bestow.
you are now in heaviness, because this word of the Unquestionably there is a blessing connected with Lord not being mixed with faith in you, He could|| the steady observance of family religion, far greater not do his mighty work openly. It is done, neverand more extensive than our unbelief is willing to ad- theless ; and if you would struggle for a little more mit. I could fill a volume with the brief enumera- belief, you would perchance see more, even now, of tion of instances coming within my own knowledge; the glory of God, in reference to your buried broand I do verily think that the Lord conceals from us ther. I am no theorist in this matter : I write what many a work of grace in the souls of our dearest con- | I do know. nexions, because of our slowness of heart to believe | The old oak-stump furnishes one of those trivial the immutability of His exceeding great and precious incidents of bygone days on which faith can lay hold, promises. It is very generally allowed that the mi. / and appropriate it. I sometimes see individuals racles of healing performed on diseased bodies by placed in situations as unpromising as the dry block the blessed Jesus, were typical of what He is ever in the kitchen, or H- in a riotous party; concernwaiting to do for our sin-sick souls. We often finding whom I am encouraged to ask, May not these, the leper, the blind Bartimeus, and the Syro-pheni. | like Aaron's rod, be ordained to blossom and bud, cian woman, brought forward with striking commen and to be laid up in the heavenly sanctuary for a taries, as furnishing invaluable encouragement to testimony? Then I am induced to pray accordingly; come and be saved: but I think we are not equally and perhaps I see the individual no more in this willing to lay hold on the case of the man whose world, nor ever hear of him again : but such wayside friends let him down through the roof-of the cen- prayers are not always lost. If we rightly considered turion so successfully pleading on behalf of his sick who prompts every real supplication that ascends servant, and of the father who brought his poor pos- from the believer's heart, we should fear to question sessed child to the Saviour immediately after His the issue ; but there is evidently among us : transfiguration. All these are told with such em-dread of believing too much, even of the love and phasis of application--why do we go overlook them? | faithfulness of our covenant God. Does this meet The last-named instance is peculiarly forcible : does the eye of a wife whose soul is in heaviness because not conscience tell us that we are very much in the the beloved of heart is a paralytic-destitute of spiri. habit of bringing our unconverted friends before the tual power? Of a mother weeping over her son pos- | Lord with an " If thou canst ?" It is not that we sessed of a devil-internally deaf and dumb? Of a H doubt bis power abstractedly: but I, for one, often sister who lies lamenting at Jesus' feet, because her
dear brother is still sleeping in death, and bound in
PERILS OF FALSEHOOD. his grave-clothes? Of a daughter, whose father is sick in the world's fever, and cannot wake from the WHEN once a concealment or deceit has been pracregion of its delirious dreams ? On that I could show tised in matters where all should be fair and open ae you Him who, ever living to make intercession, waits the day, confidence can never be restored any more but till you vigorously lay hold on His own true than you can restore the white bloom to the grape or word_"all things are possible to him that believeth" | plum which you have once pressed in your ha -to give you exceedingly abundantly above all that How true is this! and what a neglected truth by a you ask or think! Paul was refused, when he peti- great portion of mankind! Falsehood is not only one tioned to have the thorn in his own flesh removed; of the most humiliating vices, but sooner or later it! but in which of his glowing intercessions for others is most certain to lead to the most serious crimes. do we trace the shadow of our own ifs and buts ? It With partners in trade, with partners in life, with is most true that we are not of ourselves sufficient to friends, with lovers, how important is confidence ! think or to ask any thing as of ourselves : but the How essential that all guile and hypocrisy should be very fact of being drawn out to pray for those dear guarded against in the intercourse between such par to ng is a token that a mightier power is working | ties! How much misery would be avoided within; and we ought not to restrain it, or to check history of many lives, had truth and sincerity been the filial petition with ignorant surinises as to what guiding and controlling motives, instead of prevaricamay be the will of God. "Oh that Ishmael might tion and deceit! “Any vice," said a parent in our live before Thee !” cried Abraham, when the full hearing a few days since, “any vice, at least among 'tide of divine promise was flowing towards Isaac. I the frailties of a milder character. but fals “ And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee," was the Far better that my child should commit an error, or gracious reply. God has more blessings to bestow do a wrong, and confess it, than escape the penalty, than we can muster claims to put in. Let us not im however severe, by falsehood and hypocrisy. Let pute niggardliness to Him who, when He ascended me know the worst, and a remedy may possibly be up on high, leading captivity captive, received gifts applied. But keep me in the dark, let me be misled for men, even for the rebellious, that the Lord God or deceived, and it is impossible to tell at wbat hour might dwell among them.
a crushing blow, an overwhelming exposure, may
come.” RESEMBLANCES. It is curious to notice, especially in travelling, how frequently resemblances will suggest themselves be
“I CAN'T GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE tween the persons whom we meet and others whom
MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH!" L' wo remember--resemblances, however, which are So said a lady, who had recently been admitted by merely apparent, or which, on a few moments' care letter into the membership of a large church, to the ful observation, are found to be exceedingly imper
pastor. fect. Sometimes the expression of a countenance, “I am very sorry, my sister," was the reply ;" the or of certain prominent features in it, will be almost members are generally considered quite friendly, and i precisely the same with that of another’s whom we there is much pleasant intercourse among them.' recall; while the features themselves are widely dif- | Do you speak to them?" ferent. Sometimes, on the other hand, the shape "I do not like to speak first. It was so very difand features of the face, the colours that mark it, | ferent in the first church I joined." and even the outlines of the whole form, will be al " Where you passed the days of your childhood and most identical with those of another; but a glance youth, you were of course more widely known, and at the spirit that speaks in the face shows it to be when you were baptized it was a more direct intrtotally and strangely different. And sometimes, in a duction to the Christian sympathies and affection of comparatively few instances, where the resemblance | the Church. Do you attend the prayer-meetings ?" had seemed almost complete, in respect to both form “No. I have not been and expression, some quick glance of the eye, some “ The best place to form acquaintances among the careless curve of the lip, some natural change, even members is at the prayer-meetings. The Sabbath in the attitude or position, will show at once the
congregations are so large, and so many strangers atwidest difference between the one we are observing
tend, that the members can scarcely become familiar and the one whom we remember. And yet at first
with each other if they meet only there. But if you sight we might have confounded them.
are seen regularly at the prayer-meeting, you will If we will apply this familiar illustration to the ana soon be recognised and welcomed. Have you been to lysis of CHARACTER, it may help to show us how easy the Dorcas society ?" it must be to mistake in regard to it, and how real “Oh, no! I did not like to go where all tere and complete the difference may be between the cha- | strangers to me." racters that seem most nearly similar. Where the “But how are they to become acquainted with faculties, and even the sensibility and the emotive you if you do not give them the least opportunity ? power of the soul, as natively constituted, may be I hope you have visited the Sabbath-school ?" equal and alike, the spirit that animates them, in dif- ! “No. I should like to take a class, but I have ferent persons, may be totally different; and this been waiting for an invitation." difference, though only revealed in a careless word or “My dear friend, do you not perceive that you a trifling action, making the difference in the charac- are far more to blame for remaining a comparative ter between goodness and badness, will make the dif- stranger among us, than the members of the church Terence in the destiny between Heaven and Hell.-- generally can be ? You are waiting for advances to Independent.
be made by those to whom you give scarcely an oppor
tunity for friendly intercourse. You give them no sideration remove every cause of discontent and re reason to think that you desire an acquaintanceship. | pining ?-New York Observer. Now, my advice to you is, attend the more familiar meetings of the church, manifest an interest in its
A LIFE-EMPLOYMENT. spirituality and prosperity, kindly recognise any whom you know to be members, dispense with the
“It is a fearful thing to die,” said one to his neighworldly courtesy that requires a formal introduction bour as they were returning from the graveyard, to these disciples of Jesus, and then, if they remain
| whither they had followed the remains of a man indifferent to you, the blame will rest with them.”
who had spent fourscore years in rebellion against
God. - Watchman.
" It is a fearful thing to live as N-- lived;" was the reply; “ for more than three-fourths of a
century he has been engaged in treasuring up wrath “ WHERE IS HE.”
against the day of wrath. It has been his daily John vii. 11.
business, and I had almost said, his delight.” Is he in your worshipping assembly on the Sabbath ? Poor N-- was indeed a strangely wicked man. Do you repair to the sanctuary confidently expecting | Without sinking to the depths of sensual immorality.. to meet him there? Does his manifest presence banish every worldly and irreverent feeling? Does
he gloried in his enmity to God, and hastened to he mete out to you the word of life, and render it multiply his transgressions. God gave him a long sweet to your taste, and nourishing to your soul? life, every moment of which was spent in treasuring
Is he in the prayer-meeting? Do you, in com- up wrath. He had no bands in his death, and his pany with, at least, one or two others, meet together | infidelity and stupidity were removed by passing in weekly, and claim the fulfilment of his promise to be with you? And is he there, causing your hearts to
to the immediate presence of God. burn within you, and strengthening you to lay hold
How many spend their lives in the same manner, with a firmer grasp upon his promises ? When you and what a fearful thing it is for them to live! Every leave that place of prayer, does your conduct say, impenitent sinner, every neglecter of the Saviour, is “ We have seen the Lord ? "
spending his days in treasuring up wrath against the Is he in the family ? Has he made his abode with
day of wrath! What an awful employment! Oh, you? Does his presence refresh the weariness of toil, and lessen the burden of care, and brighten the
impenitent reader! have you not treasured up enough smile of affection? Does he take your children in already? Will you continue your accumulations his arms and bless them? And does he assure you till you shall experience “ WRATH TO THE UTTERthat you shall form an undivided family in those |
vided family in those | MOST?' mansions which he has prepared on high ?
Is he thus near to you ? or is he afar off-to be still farther when this world shall have run its ap
LOST IN THE CHURCH. pointed course, when the impassable gulf shall sepa- | It is a fearful thing to be lost amid the darkness of rate the righteous from the wicked ? Call upon heathenism, far away from Sabbaths and sanctuaries him while he is near.
and Bibles, and the sound of the church-going bell; so far beyond the farthest outskirts of Christendom,
that rumour hath not carried there even the name of THE DISCIPLE IS AS HIS MASTER.
Jesus or the word of salvation; but a deeper, darker Do you think your condition in life a humble one ?
woe is his who is lost in the church, and dead before
minister and altar, on the seat hallowed by the late So was Christ's. He was the reputed son of a car
presence of the glorified pious, the Bible leaves bepenter. He was the inmate of no costly dwelling. He laboured with his own hands. The proud doubt
side him marked with text and tears. There are
such in all churches--dead souls at the altar of the less looked down upon him. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.
living God-lost souls at the Redeemer's feast and Do you suffer from a lack of the comforts, conve.
table. It was an Egyptian custom at festal banquets niences, and even the necessaries of life? So did
to introduce a corpse and seat at the table, to remind Christ. He travelled on foot and was wearied by his
the guests of their mortality. Its fleshless skinny journey, he was hungry when he had not the means
hand rested on the board, but moved not the viands; of procuring food, was weary when he had not where
the glassy eyeballs fixed their dead stare upon the to lay his head. In all these respects you are as well
guests, but the light of life in which those orbs once off as was Christ. It is enough for the disciple that
swam, was extinguished for ever. In such a presence
the festivities proceeded. In such a presence proceed he be as his master.
often the festivities of Zion. I have seen the corpse at Do you meet sorrows which weigh down the soul,
the sacramental supper, stone-dead amid the guests causing days of heaviness and nights of weeping ? So did Christ. He was a man of sorrows, and ac
of Jesus. Not a tear on the cheek, nor a quiver of
the lip when Jesus showed his wounds. The dull, liquainted with grief. Sorrow and weeping were the characteristics of his life. It is enough for the dis
dead, unlighted eye never sparkled, the bosom heaved ciple that be be as his master.
not, the entombed tongue clove to the roof of its
mouth, amid all the outbreak of a Saviour's love and Do you meet with unkindness where you have a right to expect love, are your motives misinterpreted
tenderness! Do we speak in figures? We only give & and your efforts to do good rendered abortive; and
Bible application; and alas ! figures are inadequate do you not meet with deception and treachery? So
to set forth the entire melancholy of the case. did Christ. He was despised and rejected of those whom he came to save : many went back and walked
SIGNS OF VAIN RELIGION. no more with him, and one of the chosen twelve lifted up his heel against him. It is enough for the All religion is vain which does not influence the disciple that he be as his master. Will not this con- | conduct, which does not soften and change, and