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ently in very great distress of mind. I asked him if be was willing to see a minister or some otber Christian friend: he at first refused; but has since consented.'
1, of course, took an early opportunity to visit him, and found his condition even worse than had been represented. It presented a wan, ghastly countenance, a sunked eye, a bollow voice, as from the tomb, an expression of intoler: able anxiety upon his countenance, every thing iudicating extreme wretchedness and an opening grare. He was at first disinclined to converse; he seemed to be completely reserved, and no efforts could draw bim forth. I addressed a few words to bim, such as I thought best calculated to lead his thonghts to the Saviour, and with his permission offered a short prayer. On retiring, I asked him if he would like to have me call again. He assented.
Soon after I renewed the visit. He was lying in bed, and bad just recorered from a severe paroxysm of coughing. After a short time, he beckoned me to him, and with a low voice said he should like to see me alone for a few moments. The nurse and lady of the honse, who were present, left the room. When we were alone, he fixed his eyes upon me in silence. There seemed to be a conflict in his mind, whether to speak or refrain. At length his struggling spirit burst its enclosure, and he began to tell something of his bistory.
He was now in his twenty-sixth year. For nearly five years he had been, as be supposed, a confirmed infidel. He had become an alien from his parents, they did not even know where he was, nor was be willing that they sbould. He felt that he had ruined himself. · He saw clear. | where the work of rain commenced; it was in his resisting his early convictions of truth and duty. His father was not a godiy man; but his mother was pious, and be bad no doubt she had wept rivers of tears over bim.
After a gust of emotion, which for a moment suspended his utterance, he proceeded:--It was not infidelity that roined him; the procuring cause of his ruin lay fartber back. He was virtnally ruined before he became an avowed infidel. It was his resisting the admonitions of God and the striving of his Spirit, that made him an infidel; but bis infidelity had served to plunge him into more open and desperate iniquities. Since he had embraced infidelity, he bad committed vices at which his earlier youth would have shuddered: fraud, gambling, drunkenness, seduction; he bad led others into the same vices.
But these,' continued he, are only the warts and ex. crescences of my ruined character; the ruin itself lies deep in the soul, and the misery with wbich it is overtaken here is only premonitory of the everlasting misery which awaits it beyond the grave. For several years I have tried to disbelieve the Bible. I have succeeded. I bave been a confirmed infidel. More than that I have been an atheist; I used to hear it said that no man could be really an atheist; but I know to the contrary. I have been an atheist. I have perfectly and fatally succeeded in being given over to a strong delosion, to believe a lie that I might be damped, because I obeyed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But I am no longer an atheist, I am convinced that there is a God. I feel, I know, that I am an acconntable being, and that a righteous judgment awaits me in eternity.'
After a moment's rest, his countenance gathering more intensity of expression, he added, with increased energy, "But the most terrible thing to reflect on is, that I have Dot only ruined myself, bat bare been the cause of leading others to ruin. Oh, I am sure that the everlasting execration of ruined souls must follow me into eternity. Oh that I had nerer been born, or had sunk in death upon my mo. ther's arms!?
I here endeavoured to cast oil upon the rising waves of emotion, and to calm bis tempestuous spirit, by reminding him of the great mercy and forgiveness there is in God. 'No,' replied he, 'not for me : I cannot be forgiven, and I
cannot repent. My day of grace is all over. But I feel greatly relieved since I have told you my story. I am glad you came, Sir. Wretched as I am, this is the best moment I have seen for a long time, I have hitherto kept all this to myself, it has been as a fire shut up in my breast. I have not known one hour of peace since I left the paths of virtue; and for two or three years I have been perfectly wretched. I have often been upon the point of committing suicide.'
After a few words intended to direct bis mind to the source of hope, I left him, promising to see him again the next morning, if he should survive till then. He did sur. vive-the morning came; but it was no morning to bim. The sweet rays of the rising sun shot no kindling gleam of hope into his dark and troubled soul. I bad boped, I had almost expected, to find it otherwise.
I have somewhat doubted in regard to the expediency of relating his expressions the next morning, but as I bave undertaken to report the facts as they were, I do not know that I should do right to withhold a part of tbem; especially as be not only permitted but requested me to admonish all others by his example, if peradventure he might serve as a beacon to warn them off from tbe vortex into which he had been drawn. He had no longer any wish to conceal any thing; he seemed rather to wish to proclaim bis wretchedness to the world. He was dead to hope, and alive to despair. With recollections of bis past life, an awakened conscience, eternity full in view but a step before him, and every gleam of hope excluded, -Oh! it was indeed a painful illustration of the inspired truth, that
some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment.'
The following conversation took place on the occasion now referred to:
“Ilow do you do, my friend, this morning?”
This be said with an emphasis, which surprised and startled me.
“And did you obtain no rest last night?" “ Not a moment's rest, my soul has been in perfect mis
“But you are excited; your body is diseased, and your mind is weak and morbid. You ought to endeavour to compose yourself to rest, to become calm, and to look to that source of forgiveness and mercy wbich is still open to you, if you repent and believe."
“No, no, it is impossible! I cannot compose myself, I cannot be calm. My body is well enough, but my soul has been in bell all night! I have denied that there is a bell: I bave scofred at it; I have induced others to do the same, and now God is convincing me of my error. Oh, I know now that there is a hell; I feel it in my own spirit. I am glad that you have come to see me, that I may tell you how miserable I am. This is the only relief I can get. You are the first person to whom I have rentured to make kuown my misery. I have for a long time kept it to my. self; but I can no longer conceal it."
“It is well for you to acknowledge your sins. But you shonld confess them to God, as well as to your fellow-men. He has said, ' Acknowledge thy transgressions ;' and moreover, · He that confesseth and forsaketh his sins, shall find mercy.'"
“No, no, I cannot approach God I cannot meet himI cannot! Oh that the same grave wbich will soon bury my body, could bury my soul with it. Oh that I might be annihilated! This is what I have long hoped for and expected! but this hope bas failed me. I never before realized the meaning of that Scripture, When a wicked man dicth, his expectation sball perish.' All my expectations have perished. I have been for some time reviewing my past life, and during the last night, that passage kept passing like a burning arrow through my spirit, “Rejoice, O young man, iu thy youtb; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days
of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.' Yes, I have walked in the way of my heart, and in the sight of my eyes; and now God is bringing me into judgment. The arrows of the Almighty are witbin me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit. You can pray for me: but it is of no use. You are very kind; the family here are very kind; I thank you all; but you cannot save me. My soul is damned !-the seal of reprobation is already upon me!"
These last were precisely bis words; and they were uttered with a pathos, il sort of calm, fixed, significant earpestness, which almost overcame us. I can never forget his expression, when he fixed his dark, restless, glassy eyes upou us, and uttered these last words. Perceiving it in vain to say any tbing more to him while in that state, we withdrew, that he might, if possible, be composed to rest.
The next day I called again to see bim, and found him dying. His power of utterance had almost failed. I took hold of his hand, and told him it would afford us great re. lief to know that he left the world reconciled to God, and trusting in the Saviour's grace. His only reply was, and they were the last words I heard bim utter, if the grave would bury my soul with my body, I should consider it my best friend; that would be immeasurably better for me than my present condition, or anything I have a right to expect. After again commending him in a short prayer to the mer. cy of God, I was obliged to leave him. In about an hour afterward he died.
of instruction is thus given every week to children of all ages. Does not this seem time sufficient to teach them every thing of elementary knowledge that can be necessary for their advancement in life ?* But after all this labour of so many hours teaching, what have the children learnt? Few leave school with more knowledge than a confused and imperfect idea of the blessed truths of the Bible. Most, we hope, with the power of reading the Scriptures, but very few, we repeat, with the saving knowledge that they are to be the rule of their future lives, when they are no longer their hourly study; and some few with a little notion of writing and arithmetic. The writing on the slate being no proof that the child knows how to wield a pen,t and this with the first rudiments of sewing completes the usual school education. Is this sufficient to enable children to learn and labour truly to get their own living, after a sacrifice of the best hours of the best years of their lives? going to school while their parents are toiling through the mid-day to procure food and cloathing for the children, who can render them no return for their selfdenial in dispensing with the help which they might expect from their offspring in their daily labour. For what re. turn are girlst capable of making to hardworking parents by the superficial learning tons acquired. Instead of coming home to the parental roof, grateful for the sacrifice made by the parents, willing to take their share in the daily home tasks, and able to further the education of the younger children, they are generally self-sufficient, utterly ignorant of all that can contribute to domestic comfort, and idle and discontented till they can be placed with dress-makers, or go to service, for which how unfit they are any mistress who has taken a servant from a school will, we believe, willingly testify.
The conclusion then to which we are come is, that time is wasted in the generality of schools ; and those persons who have been in the habit of visiting schools must have observed the idle listless air that frequently pervades the higher classes in the schools. While the first class children are diligently running over their early lessons, those who are older, and should be setting an example of increasing industry, will often be found with racant onemployed looks, gaziog idly around them; thus impressing the observer with the conviction that the learning assigned is too little for the time allowed. That the mind is not exercised, as the power of it is increasing. No general statement of this sort can be made; no two schools may be alike in the manner, quality, or quantity of their teaching. But if a general statement could be made halfyearly, we will say, of the progress of the children in most schools, it would, we fear, be found very unequal to the time employed. And this, we believe, to be one of the causes of the idle dawdling** habits which characterise the the young servants of the present day.
In hazarding these observations, no imputation is intended to be cast upon individual masters or mistresses of
“ Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he
will not depart from it.” So many complaints are now justly made of bad servants that at this time when the question of National Education is naturally engrossing people's minds, it would be well to consider what may be the causes for this entire failure of that part of our domestic comfort, which depends upon those who serve us.
It need not be urged that early education is needful to fit the lower classes for serving those whom it has pleased God to place above them-it is a fact, known and ad. mitted, and seldom called in question, but by an occasional doubt from some grey-beaded bousekeeper, who remembers having had a dutiful, attached, and faithful housebold; of whom, perhaps, only one half could pretend to read, and probably bardly one could lay claim to the act of writing ; but when education has for many years been considered necessary for all classes, and when the increase and expansion of it is almost daily discussed, it is incumbent upon us, as a thinking people, to consider well what sort of education is best fitted to make our poorer brethren “learn and labour truly to get their own living, and to do their duty in that state of life to which it shall please God to call them.”
Now every child learns this in the Catechism, but of the thousands of children that learn to say this off by heart (we ought rather to say by rote) bow few, how very few, if any ever consider that this passage has any reference to their future lives; nay more, how very few beads of schools urge this as a point of the deepest importance, or add any thing to the common A, B, C, instruction which can further this desirable end, of their labouring in the path to which, by the good Providence of God, they are called.
Let us consider the general routine of a National or a Charity School education. The children meet at nine in the morning, and remain in school till twelve-in some cases till one; they return to the school at two, and remain till four or five in the afternoon. Here are five or six hours of daily teaching, and this is perhaps continued from four to six or eight years; from thirty to forty hours
* In the higher classes the same time is actually found advisable and sufficient for the attainment of this and much more, or how could we see so many girls of 10, 12, or 14, who, besides professing the common School-room acquire. ments of Gra o mar, History, Geography, Sciences, &c. can write and speak two or three languages besides their own-play, sing, draw, and have all the needlework accomplishments of this age of Lamb's Wool, and large needles! We are not advocating the system of multifarion teaching in accomplishments, far from it-but we only wish to prove that if in the higher walks of life this same number of hours and years is made available to forward children in to many branches of what is deemed fashionable education, that in the same space of time, the children of a lower order might learn much more than they usually do now, to forward them in life.
+ " Sign your name," said a clergyman to a girl who brought money to a Savings Bank, Please Sir I can't. Why, you learnt to write at school.'
Oh yes Sir, but that was on a slate-I never wrote with a Writing Pen' This is only one instance out of hundreds to the same effect.
Our remarks apply principally to female servants. ** We think dawdling most aptly expresses the utter disregard of time and
the distinguishing feature of the 'bad servants' now so geperally complained of-which complaints have given rise to these remarks.
schools, but as time is our great treasure in this world, and schools should certainly teach the right use of this treasure, if the present mode of teaching is deficient in this respect, it becomes necessary to enquire into the cause of the deficiency.
The Lancaster and Bell systems were primarily intended to save time, to give more instruction in a shorter space of time than had before been accomplished, in this they have succeeded, and will most probably keep their ground in all large schools. But when they bave done their work, and children have in three or four years learnt to read and write as well as perhaps formerly they did in six or seven years, then if the children remain at school the deficiency becomes apparent. No advance in knowledge in expanded intellect-in babits of future usefulness is made; and the very parents, ignorant themselves, who at first were thankful to send their children to school, now find fault with the master or mistress and take them away, because “ they are learning nothing."
This is no fanciful description—it is a reality of every day occurrence; and the worst part comes now, these ignorant children, who have just learning enough to make them rain, and not sufficient to make them wise or useful, are then turned out into the world to become servants. Every mother entreating at the doors of the surrounding gentry a place for her Mary or Jane, who wants to be a lady's maid or a cook. Ask if she will be a kitchen maid or under housemaid. Oh! she has had too much "schooling” for that. And if for the sake of having a character from a respectable family the young lady renounces her high pretensions, and condescends to accept a secondary situation, at the end of a year when she has doubled her wages by the destruction which ignorance and carelessness occasions, at the time when she might begin to make amends, she must leave to better herself.' There is no ill-nature or exaggeration in this picture Most mistresses, in the middle ranks of society, would testify to its truth, and regret that it is now next to impossible to have a household where the servants shall be obedient as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, to the Lord and not to men. Ephes. 6.
And now the question naturally suggests itself, “ What is to be done?"* We answer, “ Try to make the schools seminaries of useful learning."
After the children are grounded in the saving truths of the blessed gospel, shew them how the knowledge of those truths is to bring forth fruit. Make small households in your schools ; let the admittance into these be the reward of former good conduct of the pupils. Class from six to twelve according to the means or local circumstances of the School into the various grades of serving in private families-cooks, housemaids, laundresses, &c. and have all the work of this juvenile household performed under the controul of the manager of the School, by these youthful candidates for service; sufficient time will still be left for daily school room instruction; and then the children will begin to learn to serve and to love--to minister and to obey in the things of this world. Industry, kindness, gentleness, self-denial must then be taught---must be practised; and thus by this early performance of the duties of this station, by bringing the knowledge of christian precepts which they have just learnt into active exercise, while the instruction is still going on. We may at least hope that in many cases, if not in all, the rising generation will be more guided by christian principle in the fulfilment of those doties to which they are called--- will serve and obey according to the precepts of our Universal Great Master with more faith and more love."
We believe there are schools where this experiment is now trying---where excellent persons, from the purest christian motives, are appropriating part of their wealth to the desirable end of improving the working classes, particularly the class of female sérvants; and we do not scruple to assert that these endeavours, with the blessing of God, must ultimately be attended with the most beneficial effects; but for the benefit to be more extensive, the plan must be more universally adopted; and we would earnestly call upon all those, whom God has blessed with “ talents," and who have the welfare of their fellow creatures at heart, to consider what they can do to further this end. All can do something---all have some talents committed to their keeping—there is some money-some time-some instruction, &c. we can all spare, and which would be well bestowed in trying to make our poorer brethren, christian members of society. In this way, every parish in Great Britain might have schools where the education was suited to the condition-wbere the knowledge of the Bible was the foundation on wbich to raise the soperstructure of a happy and industrious population, who would not be left to their own guidance till they had truly been taught on the principles of the Gospel, how “ to learn and labour truly to get their own living, and to do their duty in that state of life to which it shall please God to call them.""*
It is pleasant to think how a minister, who with his wife and every working member of his family, has laboured to instil into his school children the saving truths of the gospel---bow their often inheeded labours of love might be rewarded by seeing the principles they had been diligently teaching brought into active exercise, by this simple extension of the co-operation of the wealthier and less engaged inhabitants of the parish; and it is pleasure to think what blessed changes might take place in the habits and morals of those who are first our domestics, and then the wives of the present, and mothers of tbe future generations; by a steady course of training, combining religious feeling with daily duty, and by teaching them how to become holy and happy by the performance of their duty to their God, and their duty to their neighbours. Oh! that these desirable lessons were more taugbt and better learnt in every class of society!
We know that the evil of our fallen nature will ever, in this world, be working against the good, and that we must not expect unmingled benefit from any thing, however pure in intention, or practice. But we know who works with
of the pupils pay for these extra expences. For instance, the girls are taught to wash and iron well, when they are competent to undertake it. Washing could be taken in to the extent the School has accommodation for it. So also, with needle-work, in this dress making and dress loving age, a clever girl at her needle would soon earn enough to pay for herself: and in the case of those who are intending for cooks or housemaids, whose silent advances in the knowledge of their arts, might not be so profitable to the establishment, a small premiam might be asked from those who sought for well trained servants, and who did not, by subscription or otherwise, contribute to the support of the School.
# The Protestant Irish Gentry seem far to outstrip us in this very valuable teaching. We have heard instruction given on Sundays, between Morning and Evening Services, that for comprehensive knowledge-for the right union of faith and works-of combined religion and moral duty, would have done honour to any minister however eminent-and this from a Lady who devoted several lours every day to the School at P- She had a class of grown girls. Most of them had left School, and were in service, and to these she was expounding the Epistles. When we heard her she was teaching her class the saving truths which are in the 6th Gal. She took 3 verses each Sunday, and with a Bible in her hand, each girl having one also, she grounded them in the knowledge of Christ crucified for us-taught them clearly to distinguish between the works of the flesh and the spirit-sbewed them how Christ considered Himselfone with His Church, &c. &c. fastened it all upon their minds by enquiring from them the various scripture passages to prove all this, and exhorted them to take heed to the things they were learning, telling them that though what she was doing seemed a good work, yet if her heart was not bent upon giving glory to God, and if they were not receiving His word with a desire to become better by it, it might all be abomination in the sight of God!
In this School the value of industrious home habits, and of the housewifery of time was considered of so much importance, that in order for the children to assist their parents, they were not allowed to come to the School till 10, and were sent away again at 3, bringing their dinner with them. This is a plan worthy of imitation.
'It may be objected that the expenditure necessary to support a housebold of this sort would be great. We believe that it would be slight indeed as compared with the good resulting; and indeed that after a short trial, and of course at årst a small outlay, the plans may be so formed, as to make the work
Metrical Paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer,
The Christian in the choice of Amusements. From the German of Mahlmann.
« Where Christian principles preside in the heart, they Thou dost Thy columns around thee raise,
will, doubtless, extend their influence (amongst their other And hast founded on rock Thine House of Praise ! effects) to the choice of amusements, and lead to the selecWbere'er Faith's childlike glance may turn
tion of such only as are innocent in their nature, and to Tbee Lord and Father, it doth discern.
the following of these, only in such a degree as accords Thine infinite, sovereign, Godlike might,
with their purpose-the refreshment of body and mind, Ilath clothed in crimson the morning light,
for renewed exertion in the graver duties of life. When And numbered the thousand stars of night;
tried by the Christian's rule, the Word of God, I cannot And to thee cries every living heart
but conclude, that amusements, whicb, from the circum. “ Our Father who in Heaven art."
stances almost necessarily attendant upon them, are made And lovingly Thine eye drinks in
the occasions of sin to many, must be resolutely rejected. What Thy nod of Omnipotence bade begin :
We know by uuhappy experience, that the effect of such Thou biddest blessings like dew descend
amusements as bring a multitude of persons together of And glorious lights o’er the heavens extend ;
almost every description and character, is, that many are Lord God! the bosom which Thee knoweth
ensnared into the transgressions of the Divine Law.-It is Aside-all care-all sorrow-thoweth
but too fearfully manifest that drunkenness and sensuality And joyous lips Thee as Father claim
abound at these resorts, and that they lead to more of such. “O ever hallowed be Thy name !"
like, and even darker sins.-The staking also, on uncer.
tain chances a portion of that money which God has given Thou wbo eternal love has shewn,
for the reasonable purposes of man, and for the employWhose depths of grace are to man unknown,
ment of which he will require an account, is made by How glorious is Thy shiping throne;
many an accompaniment of these resorts as a thing of For there Peace waves her greenest palm,
course; the car too, is often assailed by the language of There joy uplifts her loftiest Psalm.
cursing and profaneness.—The effects upon many, are Jo Jubilee notes of Freedom's own.
weeks, and, it may be, years of sensual sloth and idleness; Father, 'neath Thy unclouded Dome
upon obbers, embarrassment and ruin in wordly circum. All share alike one happy home
stances, loss of character, a sinful course of life, either Ah! when to us shall “ Thy kingdom come ?"
now entered upon, or more deeply plunged into at these Come Spirit of love - from that presence bright!
places.-In most, the effect is a restless void and dissipa. Deign on this suffering earth to alight
tion of mind and thought, which unfit rather than invigor. Come! sbed o’er its surface such heavenly flowers, ate the faculties for a return to more serious duties. --, That our God may dwell in its radiant bowers.
Ought Christians, then, or rather can Christians, who have All wise-All powerful-Thou but spoke
a presiding regard to God's will, who look upon His favour And into being Creation woke!
as the highest of all blessings, and the salvation of an imAround Thy footseps a veil is shed
mortal soul as the first of all objects to be aimed at; cau And secret the path, by which all are led.
the Christian who should be thus minded, find his amuseWe only know Thou art ever near
ment in scenes, where others are ruining all that is To those thou art guiding Thy pame to fear
valuable to them, in time, and fitting themselves for Then, “ on earth may Thy will be done
misery, in cternity? Is not such a thought enough to torn As it is in heaven”- Mightiest one!
all mirth at these resorts, into heaviness, and to keep all Gild with Thy sunbeams cach ripening ear,
far from them, who weigh, or ought to weigh amusements Bid gleamiog fruit on each bough appear!
and every other act, in the balance of the Sanctuary, that The herds are grazing in valleys still,
they might not sanction these evils by their presence, and The clusters are purpling each vine-clad hill;
by so sanctioning, it may be, 'make themselves partakers Praise and thanksgiving o'er all is spread
in other men's sins,'-1 Tim. v. 22.
“Many a woful narrative could, no doubt, be told, by the “Give us this day our daily bread.”
living, of the effects of attendance at these resorts.- And Thou who surrounded by happy saints
could we list up the curtain wbich now separates eternity Regardest those whom sin yet taints,
from our mortal eye, it needs no force upon the imagina( make us ever thine!
tion to conceive that we should behold multitudes who Thou know'st us weak, Thou know'st us frail
would bid us learn wisdom and repentance from their exWe know Thy grace can never fail,
ample, who would call again and again on every careless No bounds hath Love Divine.
ear, with a piercing cry, in the words of inspiration, “ Enter Through that love, may we be shriven
not into the path of the wicked and go not into the way Whilst bere ordain'd to live
of evil men, avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and And oh! “be they as sons forgiven
pass away, for they sleep not except they have done Who brethren can forgive !"
mischief, and their sleep is taken a way except they Lord ! our strength and confidence !
cause some to fall, for the cat the bread of wickedness, Migbty conqueror! go not hence.
and drink the wine of violence." Prov. iv. 14..-17.The free glance soars, the free thoughts climb,
These are the words of the Holy Spirit delivered by the Over the parrow bounds of 'l'ime,
wise monarch of Israel. They are repeated often in the Over the grave and death upborne,
ministrations of the Church,... They are placed before us We hope, we hope for the glowing morn!
in our Bibles, that we may ponder them in our bearts. How we sigh for some glorious station,
• He that hath ears to hear, let him hear them, and obey Some blest mission Thy sight within !
them."'..-Rev. R. Yarker. PRINTED BY T. THOMAS, EASTGATE STREET ROW, CHESTER.
“ It is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer !!! | parent and child, meet together to mivister to each other's This is the case then with every thing which occurs in a comfort, or to add to each other's happiness; where man Christian's life. His labours and his refreshments; his finds a shelter from the rough atmosphere of the world, joys and his sorrows; his trials and his comforts all pass and feels all his sensibilities respected, as well as all his through this sanctifying process, and come to him changed wants relieved ; where he knows that he may lay aside in their nature, divested of all that was injurious, and of the caution that is necessary in other places, because he all that seemed to be unholy in them by the combined has nu enmity to guard against; where he may unbosom influence of the word of God and of Prayer. “Every himself without fear that his confidence will be mistaken creature of God," says the apostle, “is good.” Good or betrayed, and lighten all his cares by sharing them in its intention, as made for our use ; good in with those who will feel them as himself. its nature, as being capable of contributing to our Surely we do not err in saying ; that is all the creatures welfare; good in its employment and application, if used | of God, if all those things which he has created and made for the purpose for which it is created, if used in confor- ! for our use are good, this which presents them all, not mity to that light of truth, which is drawn from the word | scattered or dispersed as they are generally met with, but of God, when read and meditated on with prayer.
united and combined, knit together by that Charity But if we are told that in this way every creature of
which is the bond of peace; must be exceeding good; and God is good, if every thing that he has formed, every of all the blessings for which man ought to be thankful, gift that he has given is calculated, nay, intended to do which he ought to cherish with diligence, and proiect good to those who receive it properly : If the word of from injury with care, the greatest is that of home. God and prayer are the means by which the intended But even this blessing, we are compelled good is to be derived, and the contingent incidental evil 10 which we are tracing, to infer, is capable of abuse, or may disbe averted; if the blessed power of these means is to appoint our expectation. It is good, as every creature of render that which is good very good, and to draw much I God is good, in God's intention, and in its possible that is beneficial from that, which, if left to itself might application. But God's creatures are abused. The have been hurtful; then can we doubt that Home, the creature is made subject to vanity, and we are daily centre in which all these things meet, and to which, to compelled to see on every side the bounty of God turned the completion of which, they all manifestly tend ; can to man's hurt; and the things which should have been for we doubt, that Home must need this sanctifying process, his health, made an occasion of falling. Home offers no and can neither realise our Maker's purpose, nor answer exception to the general rule. Its peculiar blessings are our fond expectations, unless sanctified by the word of neglected and trodden under foot by some, and are abused God and by prayer.
by others to their own destruction. Some men are No one who allows himself to think upon the subject, | ignorant of that which is really good for man, from can fail of coming to this conclusion ; nor can we doubt desires and tastes which are incompatible with home, that this application was in the Apostle's mind, when which must find their gratification out of home, and who arguing against the trifling listinctions with which the pursue the indulgence of these at the sacrifice of all that peace of the Church was disturbed, and the inferences home can offer. In these cases, domestic peace, family which were drawn from the Jewish Law, he laid down affection, the mutual love of the different members of the this general rule as the principle of Christian liberty, and household, offer no attractions to the base and sensual stated boldly and explicitly in defiance of some who mind; and man follows his selfish propensities to the asserted the contrary, and in support of some who hesi. ruin of his happiness at home. Others preserved from tated in asserting it, that every creature of God was this snare, forget that there is danger in places good, and nothing to be resused, if received with thanks. ! where it is not expected; forget that selfishness giving, for it is sanctified by the word of God and by may be indulged at home in secret, as much as prayer."
it is indulged abroad; and fall into a sciare where they If all the creatures of God then are good, how much thought themselves secure. At home their feelings are more good must be that home which unites them protected from wanton injury, they are respected, and all; which brings into one point the various bounties which encouraged. Order produces peace; and love which the mercy of God bestows; where the ordinary supplies of covers a multitude of of sin, blinds us to the defects and food and raiment necessary for the body are combined failings of those whom we are attached to. Some causes with those charities which knit soul to soul, and are blended of offence are obviated by this means Peace is prolongwith those affections which add to the things enjoyed ed; and when there is no contradiction or resistance, we the reality of enjoyment. Where husband and wife, are apt to imagive that all is right, to mistake the con