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Yes, indeed, Walter, joyfully, if he will let me; but I am afraid he will miss you too much to stay quietly here.”
Walter thought it would be strange indeed if David would not let her.
But he was enlightened on the point by finding that David had packed up his extra suit, and intended to work his passage “home,” as he expressed it.
“ David," remonstrated Walter gravely, “you daily ask Our Father' to keep you from temptation. Can you expect Him to do so when you wilfully put yourself into it? You know what you left behind in your former life, you know that there is comparative safety here--no bad companions, no familiar haunts of vice to attract you, but all that is good and true and holy to fill up time and thoughts. Oh, don't distress us all by refusing to stay."
“Why, ain't He there as well as here?” asked David, pointing upward to the sky.
“ That is true; but if we would feel His protecting arms around us, we must shun everything that might dispute His influence. The path of duty is the path of safety, and, knowing all you know, is it your duty to go where former companions would have opportunity to entice you back to sin and ruin? Oh, David, I could not bear to see it.”
“ I don't mean you should see it, but I want to keep by you; and if the ship got wrecked, I'd give my life for you, Walter.”
Deeply touched, Walter grasped his poor friend's hand.
“ Dear old fellow, I like to have you with me, but I want you to do what is best for yourself; and I truly believe that if we could hear our Lord's mind about it, He would say, 'David, keep out of danger, be patient, and try to please and serve Me where you are awhile.'
Think so ? Then I will, as much as if we did hear Him say it. But ain't there nothing I can do for you?"
“Yes, learn to write—my sister will teach you—and send me plenty of letters.”
“And shall I take care of her ?” pointing back with his thumb.
“Yes, do—till I come back.”
The last Walter saw from the deck of his ship was David rubbing his eyes to clear them for one more long look.
It was not long before David had an opportunity of proving his devotion to his new charge. A fire broke out one night in the Home, and amidst a scene of terror and confusion Margaret was the sole object of his thoughts until he should see her placed in safety. In vain amidst smoke and burning wood she tried to pass the little ones over into his care.
" Whoever has got to be burnt, you ain't," he said, as catching her in his arms he bore her quickly to a schoolroom detached from the main building, where some of the inmates had already taken refuge.
“Margaret, take charge of the children, and keep them quiet," said the superintendent, depositing two of them, and flying back again.
“ I'll bring them all safe, only you stop here, and believe me,” said David. “Walter would say so, if he was here." And away he went, working so bravely and wisely that much was saved, besides all the lives in the house; and it was not until all was done that could be done, that the effects of oyer-exertion, and many a burn, were noticed in the brave boy.
Then, while help and sympathy and supplies poured in upon the dislodged sufferers, it was Margaret's turn to minister to the comfort of her preserver; and not only the body, but the soul also of the young hero benefited by her care, and the royal heritage of “David's Lord” in joint heirship through grace and faith would be shared by David's namesake.
“ Promise me this, else I won't let you dress this burn," said David, in a wilful fit notwithstanding ; “if Walter comes back-and I know he will some day—that
won't let him go away any more, 'cos I can't live in two countries, know; most likely it did, for I was not particularly nice in what I said ; but this I know, they often got out of temper, and this I put down to the weakness of their cause, and, of course, to the strength of my own.”
From feeling that prayer was both natural and reasonable, William Bexson came to feel it to be a blessed thing—the way not only of acknowledging God's existence and His relationship to His creatures, but an appointed means of reconciliation with God. Prayer is the expression of our faith. We believe in our lost condition as sinners, in the Lord Jesus as our only Saviour; and because we so believe, we come to God in prayer confessing our sins, and seeking forgiveness in Christ. A prayerless man is, and
A while so must remain, an unpardoned man. True
is faith stretching out its hand for God's blessing. Where there is no faith, there can be no acceptable prayer, and where there is no earnest prayer, there can be no saving faith.
William Bexson's experience taught him that prayer was a reality ; that God as really answers prayer as He hears it. Not, however, always just when the prayer is offered, neither always just as the prayer seeks, but when and as God sees fit. When, at times, answers seemed to linger in their
way fron) God to William Bexson's soul, he would say, “ Patience, patience. I do the same, when I think it right, with my own children; and they often think more of the gift for having to wait for it."
Winds and Waves.
RIGHTLY one morn rose the sun in the east,
But soon o'er the hills dark shadows were seen,
A gloomy and threatening array.
Blacker and thicker they grew;
The sun was hidden from view.
And then the winds and the waves began,
To see who should strongest be,
In their rolling boisterous glee.
White and crested the crown it bore,
It broke on the pebbly shore.
Fresh force for another blow,
Its grand unceasing flow.
And blowing a shivering blast,
The sailors had anchored fast.
Away from the sheltering shore,
To dance to their deafening roar.
Rode safely each tiny boat,
And lightly they kept afloat.
In peril they seemed to be ;
They preferred a calmer sea.
What became of one tiny sail,
Would he weather the stormy gale ?
Would it stand 'gainst the chilling blast,
Till the peril be overpast?
Doth the mighty tempest blow,
“ Thus far, but no farther go.”
Monday Morning; or, Little Martha's
She had her own way of saying and doing things.
filling, to her parents' joy, that statement of the Bible, “ Train up a child in the way he shall go, and when he