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144 SHALL WE GIVE, OR SHALL WE NOT GIVE? (Dec. flesh. The turtle gives his shell and his meat. The marten, and the elk, and the seal, give their fur. The elephant gives his tusks, the wolf his skin, the monkey his amusing tricks. Even the sluggish metals give us their various qualities, which fit them to be manufactured into useful implements—the gold and silver their preciousness; the iron, its adaptation for our ten thousand uses, the great helper and guard of civilization; the steel and the brass, for our watches; the lead, for our pipes and our coverings; the copper, for sheathing our ships; the mixture of metals, for our bells and our types.
A thing is valuable in proportion as it has the capacity of giving. When it ceases to give, it is of no further utility, and is cast away. Nay, what, that God has made, does not continue to give as long as it exists ? Even the cinders from our furnaces give us hard paths, or fill for us unsightly excavations, or extend our wharves into the harbours, and our cities into the sea.
Of the army of givers, some are voluntary, some involuntary, in their giving. But God has made them to give. And they give, in fulfilling voluntarily or involuntarily the purpose of their creation. God, the prince of givers, made them that they might give, and He made them competent to give
If the whole unintelligent creation gives, and if God, the perfection of intelligence, gives, ought not man, the moral agent-man, the constant recipient of these gifts—man, on whom all things wait, and to whom they all minister, and for whom thry are formed, that they may give -man, to whom God gives continually—ought not man to give ? " Shall we give, or shall we not give ?”
If we have nothing of this world's goods, but live stintedly on charity-if all our earnings are necessarily consumed in meeting the just demands of society, and no reasonable economy would enable us to impart to others—then we have only the influence of a holy life, and our prayers, to give. But these we can give, and we must not withhold them.
But most men have something more to give; the produce of a field, the income of a certain sum of money, the rent of an estate, a tithe of the profits of certain prosperous projects, a thank-offering for mercies-given not in empty words, but in substantial forms, which men can appreciate, and by which men shall be blessed-gifts that should be constant as our demands upon a giving universe are constant; and constant as our receipts from a giving universe and from God, the greatest of all givers, are constant.
In this giving universe, and from this giving God, what have we received ? The body, “ curiously wrought," and “ fearfully and wonderfully made;" the soul, with its mysterious powers and capacities; the blessings of this life, adapted to our double nature, and consonant with our destiny; the gospel, with all the benefits springing out of and attendant on a Christian civilization; the propitiatory sacrifice of the Son of God; a hope, full of immortality. Let a Christian man write out the several things included in this catalogue; and then, when a call is made on his generosity, and the question forces itself upon him, “Shall we give, or shall we not give ?" we make no doubt that he will find an answer ready.
[“ The Macedonian," May 1856.
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Commencement of Missionary work
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martyr's grave . . . . . . 117 The Crimea- The Caraites ..
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sionaries in Persia . . . . . The tribes of Southern Guinea
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82 Arab and Camels (with a Cut! . . 109
Dr. Livingstone on the capabilities 83 of East Africa .... 110
New bopes that bloom around the 85 martyr's grave . . . . . .
The Zusos. . . . .. . 91 The History of the conversion of a 95 Burmese gentleman, his wife, 97 and three other Burmese, at 95 Rangoon ........ 127 101 Helsingfors, Finland - Contrast be103 iween Greek and Protestant 105 worship . . . . . . . .
" A sensitive vital organ . . . . 131
Dakota gods – An important change 132 107 Nepaul (with a Cut). . . . . 133 108
Church Missionary School, Peshawur .
Zealand . . . . . . . . . .
Gabún, West Africa . .
109 Bridge at Delhi, leading to the Mogul's Palace, from the Agra road 121 Travelling in Nepaul . . . . . . . . 133