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Ellen Mason was there in a neat , And his mother thought perhaps clean pink dress and white apron. Nannie might some day lead her wild Somehow, Nannie had never felt so son to Jesus. kindly towards her, and the others, In the cottage at the foot of the bül, copying after Nannie, were very kind the widow Mason knelt at the bedside to the little lame girl.
of her sleeping child, and prayed, 0 Tom, too, was always ready to give God, I thank thee that thou bast her a swing; and, as for Ellen herself, remembered thy fatherless one to-day, her face was beautiful with happiness. and put it into the heart of a child of
That night, Nannie, when she | thine to make her happy." finished her evening prayeradded Mr. Clare in his study offered this softly, “I thank thee for helping me prayer, “I bless thee, dear Redeemer, to be like Jesus to-day.”
for the token this day given me, that Cousin Tom was having a con thou art leading my darling nearer to fidential chat with his mother.
thyself.” “I tell you what,” said he, “Nannie Nannie heard none of these words, is a splendid little girl ; she can preach but Jesus did ! almost as well as uncle Charles can. If a fellow could be like her in some hings, he wouldn't be sorry."
Gems from Golden Mines.
"BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN | God. The entire willingness to be
nothing and to receive everything; SPIRIT."
nay, not even to receive as though So then, the more we misgive our | when given the grace would be ours, selves, and the more we accuse | but rather to have nothing and to be ourselves, and the less we trust in | nothing still; to be only in Christ, ourselves, and the less we think of our only a creature covered up and hidden attainments, whether without Christ and lost in Him; that is a blessedness or with Him, the nearer we are to | against which many a hopeful person heaven. The simple, childlike, self | has kicked inwardly almost to the last. renouncing, self-abhorring spirit is He will ask his Father for the portiva commonly (in its fulness) the very last of the goods which falleth to him, rather of God's gifts, of the Holy Spirit's | than stay within the Father's door, graces in the Christian. In early life, just sustained, just lodged, just fed. in strong manhood, alas! too often to | day by day, but, of his own, and for a late old age, there is still a lurking | his own, having and willing to have hope that at least we are something, | nothing. To the poor in spirit belongs, or we are just going to be something, | our Lord says, the kingdom of heaven. in and of ourselves : sin itself is often | It is theirs. Theirs already, by deplored as a humiliation rather than right all their own. In that very as an unbelief; it has disappointed us poverty of spirit resides the title. In about ourselves, even more than it this life they possess it. For they, has been an ingratitude to Christ, or | alone of all men, live their citizenship, an affront and an impiety towards | They know that without their King
they are beggars; without their fran- | whose crown is to be won among the chise they are outlaws; without their fires of martyrdom ? leaving schools home above, they are homeless and and halls and colleges, God summons shelterless and comfortless exiles. His preachers from the shores of GaliWhatever others can do, they cannot do lee. The helm of the Church is inwithout their kingdom. They declare trusted to hands that had never steered mainly, at each step of life's journey, aught but a fishing-boat; and by the that they are seeking a country. And mouth of one who had been its therefore God is not ashamed to be called bloodiest persecutor, Christ pleads His their God : for He hath prepared for cause before the philosophers at Athens tani a city. And as they get nearer and in the palaces of Rome. And to its golden gates, and have nothing | when He chose the weak things of the etween it and them but that narrow world to confound the strong, and the Team of death which a Saviour once foolish to confound the wise, what, proased for them, it may well be that God meant to teach us was, that we the ownership of which the text speaks are to look above the instruments to becomes at last scarcely more a faith the great Hand that moves them; and than a sight; they can catch the very that, whether it was a giant or a devil sounds of the heavenly song, and that was to be conquered, the eyes discern the bright forms of those who of the body or of the soul that were to were once faithful unto death, and be opened, walls of stone or, what are now follow the Lamb whithersoever stronger, walls of ignorance and sin He goeth.—Dr. C. J. Vaughan.
that were to be overthrown, men are but instruments in His handthe meanest mighty with Him, the mightiest mean without Him.
THE MEANEST MIGHTY WITH
THE PRESENCE OF GOD OUR NOTHING is more remarkable in the
REST. Bible than to see how God, as if to teach us to trust in nothing and in We are as immediately dependent zone but Himself, selects means that upon God as were those tribes in the sean the worst fitted to accomplish trackless, shadeless waste. Our life His end. Does he choose an ambas is, moment by moment, as much at sador to Pharaoh ? it is a man of a His mercy,--our bread is as much the rammering tongue. Are the streams gift of His power, as was theirs ; of Jericho to be sweetened ? salt is whether our supplies come in some cast into the spring. Are the eyes of flash of miracle, or through a million the blind to be opened ? they are intervening agencies, they come from rubbed with clay. Are the battle Him, and from Him alone. When He ments of a city to be thrown down ? gives the showers and sunbeams that the means employed is, not the blast melt the snow-wreath, tempt forth of a mine, but the breath of an empty the tender leaf, and mature the trumpet. Is a rock to be riven ? the golden grain ; when He gives us work bghtning is left to sleep above, and to do and power to do it; when He the earthquake with its throes to sleep gives those affections of parent or below, and the instrument is one, a friend which nurse us in our feeblend, much more likely to be shiveredness, or feed us in our want, He gives on the rock than to shiver it. Is the us our daily bread as truly as if Ho world to be converted by preaching, gave it from the clouds. “ Hitherto and won from sensual delights to a the Lord hath helped us." "The faith whose symbol is a cross, and i God before whom our fathers did
walk, the angel which redeemed us, sible, “and whatsoever thy hand from all evil, hath fed us all our life | findeth to do, do it with all thy long unto this day.”
might.” We are to cast, not ont But now, perhaps, you have your work, but our care upon the Lori, misgivings. Bleak sights without, for He careth for us, “and if He bleak thoughts within ; winter in the careth for thee,” says Leighton," he scenery, winter in the soul, winter thyself at rest ; for why should everywhere, may combine to make thou care, and He care too ! "-IT. this a dreary day to you. Times may Charles Stanford. be hard ; old age may be coming on; MODERATE DESIRES.-He that is and freezing fears of helpless debt much habituated to delight in God is may turn your heart into ice. But | not apt to foolish, extravagant desires. only let the Lord be “your shep This is the sense of such a one, herd,” and you will not want. Christ's | “Not my will, Lord, but thine le messages to the poor disciple who is done.” He may desire the same thing troubled for the future were meant that others do, yet not with the same especially for you, and have as much peremptory and precipitant desire, but particular directness of appeal as if with a desire tempered with submisspoken in confidence to you alone. sion, and with a reserved deference You may say, “I am poor and needy, of the matter to the Divine pleasure : yet the Lord thinketh on me ;” and “ This thing, Lord, I desire if thou you are present to His thought, not seest good.” So that the general object as one leaf in the forest, one wave in of such a one's desire is only that the sea, or one poor human unit in which in the Divine estimate is fit and the aggregate of life, may be present good for him; and though he desire to the generalizing and indiscriminate this or that particular thing, yet not thought of man, but as a child is pre as it is this thing, but as supposing it sent to the thought of his father. possible this thing may be judged St
Since it is so, and since God's pro for him by the Supreme Wisdom, mised help no longer comes through whereto he hath referred the matter. miracles, but through appropriate -John Howe. means, use what means may be acces
THE STORY OF HAWADIYA.
HAWADIYA lived at Korigammana, a village not far from Kandy, in the Island of Ceylon. His parents were strict and ignorant Buddhists. From a child he was sickly, but was very fond of reading and writing. As his years increased, he began to study medicine under a native doctor ; but soon after his twentieth year, he was
attacked with a disease which, for the years before his death, made him to lie helpless on his mat. When the station was commenced in 1863, ho was unable to attend the services, but was visited by Mr. Perera, and received from him and others Christian tracts.
In May, 1864, his illness became sa severe that he gave up all hope of lecovery, and sent to ask that a service might be held in his house. This mas
lone several times. Some rays of heaven, because Christ died on the light had already entered his mind, 1 cross for me. I shall go by His merit, for when his father and mother wished and by the flowing of His blood.” His to send for a priest to perform Buddhist hope was thus built on Jesus, and ho stes, he was greatly averse to it. In often expressed it. this feeling he was joined by his elder As his end approached, his desire to brother. The teacher of the school depart and be with Jesus grew stronger. was therefore sent for. At that time i One evening, at the close of a little be asked for a prayer to use, written, prayer meeting, he called his relan large characters, as his sight was | tives around him, and touchingly defective. This was given, and much drew from them promises as to the centersation and prayer were had with disposal of the land when he was in, but with little apparent effect. | gone, that they might have no disAfter this, the teacher gave Hawadiya i putes, and that his adopted brother, a prayer consisting of such short sen- to whom he was greatly attached, tences as, “ God be merciful to me, a might be provided for. Then he said winner," and one day read and left he should be glad to commit his with him a translation of part of that spirit to the Lord. He was asked if precious little book, “ Come to Jesus," he had not done so already. “O This he read, and divine grace led him yes !” he replied, “but I should like to accept the invitation it gives.
to die while you are all here.” “Why," "It was not," says the teacher, the teacher said, “ do you think you " till Jan. 24, 1865, that I ascertained can get any help from us?” “O no," that the Holy Spirit had begun His he said, “I have Christ's merits.” The work in him. That day he seated next evening he expressed the same himself upright, and began to say: wish. Some one suggesting that it God has been very gracious to me. | was because of his great pain, he said, He is with me. God is my Father “ () no! the pain I now suffer, I could and my Friend. Jesus Christ is my bear many years; that is not difficult. elder Brother; the Holy Spirit is my If I live longer, that also will be God's Teacher,' and similar things. When will; but what I say is, 'O God, if Isad, What evidence is there that God thou dost take me speedily, I shall has been gracious to you?' he replied, like it better.'” * The fact that God sent me this sick The end longed for soon came. On Dess, and sent me a Christian teacher, the night of the 4th April, after readand that I have been enabled to learn ing his loved Psalms longer than usual, abut God, and believe in the Christian about midnight he became speechless, Fligion.'”
and before daybreak he fell asleep in He now began to exhibit great the Lord, The same evening he was anxiety for the welfare of others. Be- | laid to rest in the plot of ground near be his conversion, he had always the schoolroom. Usually the villagers
en afraid of demons, a superstition huddle away their dead in some uncommon among his countrymen; but frequented corner of their gardens, be used to say, “I am not afraid now, and, from superstitious fear, none will God is with me." His time was chiefly come to help or comfort the bereaved. spent in prayer and in reading God's But the first burial of a believer in word. The teacher visited him fre the village was a more Christian and pently, mostly in company with some honourable one. About twenty men of the villagers. He would say, “I assembled, some of them at least in a transgressor. I have no merit. “ derout men," we may hope, and I do not deserve heaven. I believe carried Hawadiya to his burial. They in Christ. I have been forgiven. I were told of the Resurrection and of lave been cleansed by the flowing of Heaven, and exhorted to follow him Christ's blood. I am not afraid to die.' who had gone as the first-fruits of that I am going to heaven. I shall go to ' village to God.
ing, at ten o'clock, the Rev. A. Nichols, late
pastor of the church, conducted the devotiond HEYWOOD, LANCASHIRE.-On Saturday,
part of the service; after which the Rev. J. Oct. 13, a tea-meeting, of unusual interest,
Smith proposed the usual questions to the was held in connection with the Baptist
minister, and offered the ordination prayer; church in this town. The Rev. James
and the Rev. H. Jones preached on" the duty Dunckley, pastor of the church, occupied the
of the pastor.” In the afternoon the Rer. chair. Upwards of 200 friends sat dowr to
W. G. Fifield delivered an address on "The tea. Henry Connah, Esq., of Manchester,
Nature and Constitution of the Christian engaged in prayer. The chairman then gave
Church," and the Rev. P. Prout preached a a cordial welcome to several old friends who
sermon on “ the duties of the church to the had come some distance to be present on the
minister.” In the evening a sermon was occasion; after which he said: “I have now
preached to a large congregation by the Rer. to inform you that this place of worship is
H. Jones. All the services were well attended. altogether out of debt. During the cotton famine, our esteemed treasurer had to ad. WESTON-SUPER-MARE.- On Wednesday, vanco £73 13s. 6d. In addition to this, there Sept. 12, the new Baptist chapel erected for was a debt of £63 upon the chapel; but the congregation hitherto worshipping in the within the last four or five months I have ob- | Assembly Rooms, was opened for Divide ser tained not only the £73 138. 6d., which some vice. At eleven o'clock a devotional meeting of you were afraid I should not be able to get, | was held, over which the pastor of the church but I have obtained the £63 also. We havo (Rev. Robert Lewis) presided. Prayer was helped ourselves, and we have been helped by | offered by the Rev. H. W. Lillington, Weston; several gentlemen, to whom our thanks are the Rev. F. H. Rolestone, Chipping-Sodbury; due. Henry Kelsall, Esq., has given us £10; the Rev. John Penny, Clifton; the Rer. d. L. T. Kemp, Esq., £10; our old friend James | P. Chown, Bradford; the Rev. W. Dinnis, Burford, Esq., of Manchester, has given us Burnham ; Mr. D. F. Wyatt, Clifton; and £15; and our esteemed friend the treasurer Mr. J. Rossiter, senior deacon of the church. (Mr. John Brearley) Das given us £15. Mr. At one o'clock dinner was provided in the James Dunckley has been the pastor of this spacious schoolroom below the chapel, ft church between eight and nine years. During | more than 100 guests. In the afternoon the his ministry the Chuse which for nearly thirty Rev. J. Penny read the Scriptures and prayed; years had been dependent upon the County after which the Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown, Home Mission has become self-sustaining; of Liverpool, preached from 2 Tbessalonians and now through his devoted efforts the | iii. 13. The service was concluded by the chapel and schools are altogether free from Rev. R. C. Pritchett, Independent minister debt. The meeting was addressed by Messrs. resident in Weston. Before the evening serConnah, Brearley, Moore, Rothwell, Davies, vice 400 persons assembled in the school roun and Smith, all of whom spoke in the most for tea." In the evening, the Rev. J. R. affectionate and respectful terms of their Chown, of Bradford, preached to g crowded friend and pastor.
audience from Revelation xxii. 8. The per SUNNYSIDE, LANCASHIRE.-On Saturday
vices of the day terminated with prayer oland Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, recognition
fered by the Rev. W. H. Tetley, of Coleford. and ordinarion services were held in connec
On Sunday, the 16th, sermons were preachado tion with the settlement of the Rev. T. Evans,
in the morning by the pastor of the churoh, of the North Wales Baptist College, as pastor
from Psalm cxxii. 1.; and in the evenin: of the Baptist church, Sunnyside, Lancashire.
the Rev. James Culross, M.A., of Srirane On Saturday afternoon, tea was provided in
from John xx. 20. The collections, in the the Assembly-room, Crawshawbooth, when aggregate, exceeded £256. The total cost, about 200 persons sat down. After tea a when completed, will be about £2,600. public meeting was held, at which Mr. J. TURRET GREEN CHAPEL, Ipswick.-08 Spencer, of Goodshaw, presided, who, after Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, this place of making an appropriate address, called upon worship, which had for some time been code the following ministers to speak :--Revs. P. whilst extensive alteratiens and addition Prout, of Haslingden, J. Smith, of Bacup, were being made, was reopened. The Ret. $. Vasey, of Lumb, R. Evans, of Burnley, T. M. Morris, minister of the place, preache W, G. Fifield, of Goodshaw, H. Jones, Pre an appropriate sermon to a large congregations sident of the North Wales Baptist College, On the following evening (Thursday) a com W. C. H. Anson, of Carol-terrace, and J. gregational tea-meeting was held, bet Vden, of Gambleside. On Lord's-day morn. | four and five hundred persons being presente