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On reaching the Farm-House, we found that still the afflicted saint was lingering; but it was just on the verge of glory. Resigned, without uneoneernedness; cheerful, without affectation; weaned from the world, without being unconscious of the strong ties of a husband, an infant family, and many domestic and relative enjoyments, she was sinking to the tomb with unperceived decay. One thing, and only one thing, at this time disturbed the serenity of her mind, the unavoidable departure of that beloved sister, whom imperative duties forced away. Gladly would she have retained her by her side to have received her last breath. But meek submission to the divine will sustained her under the privation; and an assurance of his presence, who has said to his people, ' Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,' restored the prevailing tranquillity of her soul.
It is comparatively easy for them, whose affections were never kindled into fervent love, and never ardently fixed on any earthly connections, coolly to contemplate the disruption of every temporal relationship; but for one who enjoys the warmest and tenderest regard of many hearts, and who is reciprocally susceptible of the strongest affection, to descend into the grave unattended by any of the beloved companions of life, and alone to enter the unseen world, is truly appalling to feeble nature. The spectacle of an emaciated female, in the prime of her days, with every temporal consideration to make life desirable, not only without dismay, nor merely with that acquiescence which protracted sorrow may produce, or that weariness of acute suffering which makes some eager to escape into the narrow house, as a refuge from misery, but, with a cheerful and longing soul, contemplating the approach of death, not as an inevitable evil, but as the door of admission to every good, was to me a scene of greater glory than the warrior risking life on the field of battle. In her chamber and situation, every external circumstance had a direct tendency to augment the native horrors of the grave, and to clothe, in the most direful garb, the king of terrors. She was advancing towards them with a slow and measured pace, which gave her time to view and dwell upon every object that could alarm and depress her mind. But in the field, where the soldier seeks a blood-stained laurel to wither on his haughty brow, or on his untimely grave, all 'the pomp and circumstance of glorious war,' as it is termed, conspire to give a false colouring and a delusive form to man's last enemy. It is forgotten, that the costly monument, which a grateful country may raise over its defenders, hides bat a grave; and that the plaudits of admiring crowds reach not, or, if they reach, avail not at the throne of God. In most cases, the valour of the warrior is but a species of mental inebriation, which urges him into the thickest of the fight, without fear, because without reflection.
About this time a gentleman, whose religious sentiments were very different from Mrs B 's, being at
the farm, went up to see her. On leaving her chamber
and joining her husband, he wept, and said, ' Mr B ,
I am now persuaded, that if any thing can support in a dying hour, it is the religion of your wife."
The elevated and blissful character of her thoughts cannot be better illustrated than by the reply she made to her sister, who, coming into her room early one morning, inquired how she had passed the night. 'I hare passed it,' she said, ' without sleep, but not withaut comfort. My mind has been engaged in dwelling upon one thought, which was suggested by the hymn '• '"i kindly read before you quitted my side last night. The thought was, that when my liberated soul enters the heavenly world, although at the very entrance, and through all the distance I may have to pass, I shall be surrounded by ten thousand objects of unutterable glory and attraction, I shall not for a moment be de
tained by the contemplation of them, but shall eagerly press on till I reach the throne of the Lamb that was slain, and, falling down at his feet, give him all the praise and honour of my salvation.' In this manner did she, through her declining days, evidence her saving acquaintance with God, not only as her Maker, but also as her Redeemer, 'who giveth songs in the night.'
The last time I enjoyed the privilege of seeing this excellent woman, was in the evening of one of the longest days of that summer of which she just saw the close. After a wet and lowering day, the weather cleared up, and the descending sun was pouring the full stream of his light through the chamber window, and on the bed
of Mrs B Our brief conversation was of the
most affecting cast. All was peace within. The outward frame scarcely retained its immortal tenant, who was ready to depart. At her request I read the last nine verses of the seventh chapter of that sublime book which terminates the volume of inspiration. She listened with all the lively attention of one who was already familiar with the picture, and who was daily expecting to see the original. Nor would she allow me to leave her without first bending at her side in prayer. When I rose from my knees, the sun's last ray fell upon her countenance, which already seemed to shine with light sent down from above. She grasped my hand with a strength which I deemed her incapable of exerting. Calmly and firmly she said, 'We shall again see each other before the throne.'
I had no opportunity of revisiting G Farm
until its amiable and pious mistress had been some months in heaven. The short remainder of her earthly pilgrimage was of the same tenor with that part which I have described, and which, till the end of my own sojourn upon earth, will afford me the sweetest and most sacred recollections. *
ON SOCIAL PRAYER.
Dor/BTLF-ss, nothing is more indispensable to the existence and advancement of true religion in the soul of any individual, than secret prayer. It is impossible to conceive of that man as a Christian who lives in the neglect of this duty, and who has never felt any thing of its spirit. Nothing is so essential as an evidence of our believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. This he himself intimated when he appeared to Ananias, for the purpose of sending him as the messenger of heavenly consolation to Saul of Tarsus, hitherto the most active and furious of the opponents of the Gospel, henceforth to be " the chiefest of the apostles." "Behold he prayeth." In assigning this as a satisfactory reason for believing that the persecutor had become a convert to the faith he had previously been seeking to destroy, the Great Head of the Church evidently mentions it as implying every thing else requisite to constitute a living member of his glorious body, "a brother beloved" to all his faithful disciples.
But, and this is what I here wish particularly to insist upon, if communion with God in retirement be of the first importance for the existence and progress of personal holiness, it is perhaps not less true that social and public prayer, at seosons speciolly set apart for this purpose, is equally necessary in order to the prosperity of congregations and the Church generally as such. Much has been said and written of late on revivals of religion. Many prayers are offered up, both in public and private, that the Lord would revive his work in the midst oj ourselves. The subject ought to be deeply interesting to every Christian. Without, however, entering at length
• The above is extracted from a very interesting work, entitled, "Original Memorials; or Brief Sketches of Real Characters." By a Clergyman ot'the Church of England. Hatchard & Son, London, 1822.—It may be relied upon as an authentic narrative.
into a consideration of the subject of revivals,* it niay be observed, that one feature by which every genuine revival has been characterised, is the meeting together for religious fellowship. Though the circumstance of congrcgalioHs and companies assembling together to unite in prayer may not of itself constitute sufficient evidence for concluding that religion is nourishing among them, the converse of this will probably be admitted by every impartial man, who has turned his attention to the matter, that where such meetings are neglected and disregarded, there is good ground to fear the absence or decline of vital godliness. "I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest and art dead," said the faithful and true witness to the Church of Sardis ; and again to the Church of Laodicea, " I would thou wert cold or hot." Can it be doubted, that to many of our congregations similar rebukes would be addressed, were they to hear the voice of Him who has declared, "all the Churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and frieth the hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
If these observations be correct, surely it ought to become the subject of serious and prayerful examination with our spiritual overseers how far it may be attributable to them, that there is still such a sadly prevalent absence of social prayer. They know well that among professors the prediction is lamentably verified, that "the love of many shall wax cold." Why is it that the very appearance and conduct of not a few when in the house of prayer, even on the Sabbath day, clearly evince their ignorance of what prayer is? Why is it that faithful pastors have so much occasion to mourn over the little inter-community in holy affection, of fellow-Christians, who from Sabbath to Sabbath assemble "in one place," and sit down together when commemorating the Redeemer's love? May it not be, in part at least, because they are not encouraged to join in special supplication and Christian fellowship, in the way referred to? •
Every minister of the Gospel, imbued with the spirit of his Master, will pray and labour for the improvement and growth in grace of his flock. Should it not also be his incessant aim to be able at least to say unto them with the apostle, " I kept back nothing that wu3 profitable to you?" Does he think that his omitting or refusing to seek to unite his congregation in the fellowship of saints, at other times besides the Sabbath, will be more pleasing to the Great Shepherd of the sheep, than if he were to foster the practice of such exercises?
Perhaps some are deterred by the irregularities with which such meetings have sometimes been connected. That these irregularities should induce any religious mind to disapprove of what has been sanctioned by apostolic warrant appears strange indeed, f It would be an altogether needless occupation of time to enter into an argument to prove that such abuses arc far from warranting the watchmen of Zion, whose zeal is tempered by Christian knowledge and prudence, in their neglect to cultivate assemblies for social prayer among their people. Never, perhaps, was there a louder call for them than at present. Let us but view the Church in the aspect she is now happily assuming with regard to missionary efforts, and the means of grace to the destitute, both at home and in distant lands. Little will it avail, that the General Assembly has uf late encouraged various important objects, and has this year taken up a fourth great scheme, and that she earnestly commends it to the warm support of Presbyteries and Churches. It will be of small consequence, that a sympathising people are manifest
• Those who desire information on Revivals may be referred to President Kdwaid's Treatise on the Revival in New England, to Dr Suragues Lectures on Revivals, and to an exccUent work on Revivals in the British Churches, from which several extract* have apyuareU in Uic Scurilsii Cubistiam Ilt.uu),
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ing their entire concurrence in the plans adopted by their increased liberality. If prayer be set aside, their expatriated brethren in the Colonies may remain a* destitute as ever, so far as regards the saving efficacy of the word and the bread of life. What Christian ut~i to be told, that, without the Spirit of God, all will be in vain, in so far as the salvation of souls is conferral And how can we expect his presence and power, if « will not, both individually and as congregations, aplore the God of all grace to pour out his Holy Spirit' The influence of congregational prayer meetings woo'i not be limited to the members of the Church. Its salnUM power would be felt by the population generally, byeM the most ungodly of them. Who can estimate what ■ blessing to the country at large even one faithful bra! of believers, united in holy Church fellowship, asternbling statedly for this special object, might prort; Who can tell the judgments their prayers might «vcri from the land, the evils that might be remedied in consequence of them, the good that might be promoted' How much more, then, might these results be expected, if our congregations generally were wont thu> to glorify God? We might then look for the "twopari blessings marking out a genuine revival," in a der* which our unbelief prevents us from realising. "0« of these, it need scarcely be observed, is the converse of sinners. The other, and a most important one. :■ the quickening of believers to a higher and a bolt: standard of faith and practice."
Adoption Adoption is a blessing extending fot
everlasting to everlasting, a decree which cannot b; revoked. Many of the children of God are indeed «rj perverse and ungrateful, but all this their Father h"" before he adopted them; hence he chastens th<« whom he loves, and scourges every son whom it ''• ceives, but never abandons them. Satan shall""' have to say of a sinner in torments,—" This is a vrrrtdj turned out of the family of God!" No, the Father »2 not cut off an heir of glory from his inberitinre, nor suffer his most rebellious children to ruin tbemself* John x. 28, 29. This security arises from the natot and antiquity of adoption, as an act of the divhrerort which is distinct fiom the reception of the spnit a adoption into the sinner's heart. The whole nur.il; i God were adopted in Christ, when he was chose" * their covenant head, and then God the Father to* sidered them his own children, registered their ras9 on high as such, and prepared a kingdom for then !»> fore the foundation of the world. Hence their r«* tion of the Spirit of adoption is said to be owing to tri eternal relation; "Because ye are sons, God bath *■ forth the Spirit of his Son into your heart." Gal. r* 6. The Spirit of adoption is the witness, not the on* of our being the children of God, and surely, rays* friend, you will derive unspeakable comfort from *J view of the subject, if you feel but one spark of 2» affection to God glowing in your soul; and co*T* with it the sweet thought, that it is your Fathtr's^J shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost, too*3 then come to the delightful conclusion, that the "■**■ has from all eternity adopted you into his family, * has, in the fulness of time, made it known to wjT causing you to receive the adoption of sons, "nr* evidence were necessary for your decision re-f*<0' your interest in this high privilege, I might rem''TM.' of the family likeness, which is genuine spirito-fT the family distinction, which is separation rhw * world i and the family diet, which is the bread ■ ■ sent down from heaven. May 1 not appea|tP "T* heart, that you sigh for an increase of spirituality:'" you are not happy in any company except that « ■• saints; and that nothing can satisfy the envnp* J*
ioul bat living upon Jesus? Be assured, that those sensations exist no where but in the heart of a child of God, yet many in whom they are found, cannot claim their sonship through the power of unbelief; nor can any tiling but the iiiighty operation of the Holy Spirit remove the spirit of bondage, and teach the soul to cry Abba, Father. I never heard of a child capable of saying, "Father" as soon as born, nevertheless it is almost the first thing a child is taught to say; this is the plan of the Lord's teaching, "When ye pray, say, Our Father," and when the spirit of adoption is fully rereived, the child of God looks up to Jehovah and exclaims, " doubtless thou art my Father,"7—he looks into tie Bible, and regards it as his Father's letter; he hears (be Go-pel preached, and recei ves it as a message from his Father; he goes into his closet to tell his Father his wants, and gain access to his Father's heart; and looking forward to heaven, he exclaims, "It is my FauWshabitation, and shall be my eternal home."—lions. Liberality.—To dispense our wealth liberally, is (he fcst way to preserve it, and to continue masters thereof; what we give is not thrown away but saved from danger; while we detain it at home (as it seems to us) it really is abroad, and at adventures; it is out at sea, sailing perilously in storms, near rocks and shelves, amongst pirates; nor can it ever be safe, till it is brought into this port, or insured this way; when we have bestowed it on the poor, then we have '■<;dged it in unquestionable safety; in a place where no rapine, no deceit, no mishap, no corruption can ever by any means come at it. All our doors and bars, all jur forces and guards, all the circumspection and vigilancy we can use, are no defence or security at all in comparison to this disposal thereof? the poor man's stomach is a granary for our corn, which never can be exhausted; the poor man's back is a wardrobe for our clothes, which never can be pillaged; the poor man's pocket is a bank for our money, which never can disappoint or deceive us; all the rich traders in the world nay decay and break, but the poor man can never fail except God himself turn bankrupt; for what we give '0 the poor, we deliver and intrust in his hands, out if which no force can wring it, no craft can filch; it is laid up in heaven, whither no thief can climb; where 10 moth or rust doth abide. In despite of all the fortune, of all the might, of all the malice in the world, the 1 Iwral man will ever be rich; for God's providence is is estate; God's wisdom and power are his defence; iJod's love and favour are his reward; God's word is ius assurance, who hath said it, that " he which giveth to the poor, shall not lack;" no vicissitude of things therefore can surprise, or find him unfurnished; no iisasrter can impoverish him, no adversity can over
• helm him; he hath a certain reserve against all times md occasions: he that "deviseth liberal things, by
iberal things shall he stand," saith the prophet
Holy Rcvenye Do you not owe the old serpent a
,-rudge? Live holy, then; for that grieves him to the wart—Watts.
Answer to Prayer The Scripture abounds with examples of the efficacy of prayer. Except in the case of mraculous interpositions, the same is still experienced, >nd the more any man has made the trial, the fuller
• '11 be hi3 assent to this truth. The Christian, who las been frequent, fervent, and particular in his supplications for a length of time, has doubtless found, "at many of his petitions, defective and defiled as he lows thein to be, have been manifestly answered, both n his own temporal and spiritual concerns, and in bealf of others; often beyond his expectations, and conrary to apparent probability. Some requests have 'ten granted, not exactly in this meaning, but in a more wimble ^vay. He has prayed for the re'noval of the
\ " thorn in the flesh ;" but the Leu ;l has shown him the sufficiency of his grace, and employed this trial to "humble and prove him, and to do htm good at the latter end," so that the things which seemed most against him, have most effectually promoted his highest interest. Qr he has found his prayers answered, by feeling his mind wonderfully reconciled to a denial,
J frOm a conviction " that he knew not what he asked;" or by a calm serenity in waiting the Lord's time for those things which he hud impertinently desired. The causes of this perturbation and anxiety remain, after his prayers have been presented before God; but the solicitude itself has given place to a divine peace which passeth all understanding;"for "he called on the Lord and was strengthened with strength in his soul." In' short,'we can scarcely produce an instance, in which he poured out his heart with earnestness and importunity, and yet failed of obtaining the blessing which he sought, or was not, after a time, satisfied with the denial. In many cases, bis-intercessions for those around him have been graciously answered ; in others, we may still retain hope ; and in all, we may be assured that they will return into his own bosom Scott.
Prevailing Ungodliness Atheism is a characteristic
of our day. On the sentiments, manners, pursuits, amusements, and dealings of the great body of mankind there is written in broad characters,—" Without God in the world 1 "—cecil.
Coming to Christ.—Jf you persist in tbe diligent use of means, you will not long use them in vain. But what is infinitely more to the purpose, you have the oath of him who cannot lie, on which to ground your confidence. You have nothing to do but to ask for faith; to come as the leper did to our Saviour while on earth, and throw yourself at his feet, with, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean;" and rest assured that he will put forth his hands and say, " I will, be thou clean." He is still as able and willing to grant every request of this nature, as he was while on earth. If you really feel yourself a sinner, and that you have no power to save yourself, and are willing to accept of him as a Saviour, he is ready to receive you. He will not be a half Saviour. He will do all or nothing. If you mean to come to him, you must come as a helpless sinner. Not as the Pharisee, with a list of virtuous deeds performed; but as the publican, with "God be merciful to me a sinner."—Payson.
Self-Knowledge.—0 what a change it would make in (lie world, if men were brought to the knowledge of themselves 1 How many would weep, that now laugh, and live in mirth and pleasure 1 How many would lament their sin and misery, that now are pharisaically confident of their integrity! How many would seek to faithful ministers for advice, and inquire what they should do to be saved, that now deride them, and scorn their counsel, and cannot bear their plain reproof, or come not near them I How many would ask directions for the cure of their unbelief, and pride, and sensuality, that now take little notice of any such sins within them I How many would cry day und night for mercy, and beg importunately for the life of their immortal souls, that now take up with a lew words of course, instead of serious, fervent prayer 1 Do but once know yourselves aright, know what you are, and what you have done, and what is your danger; and then be prayerless and careless if you can; then but tritle out your time, und muke a jest of holy diligence, and put God off with lifeless words and compliments if you can. Men' could not think so lightly and contemptuously of Christ, so unworthily and falsely of a holy life, so delightfully of sin, so carelessly of duty, so fearlessly of hell, so senselessly and atheistically of God, and so disregardfully of heaven as they now do, if they did but thoroughly knoW themselves.—JJ.\ Xter .
ON THE DEATH OF A CHRISTIAN FRIEND.
When faith and love, which parted from thee never, Had ripen'd thy just soul to dwell with God, Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load
Of Death, called Life; which us from life doth sever,
Thy works, and alms, and all thy good endeavour
Follow'd thee up to joy and bliss for ever!
Love led them on, and Faith who knew them best,
And azure wings, that up they flew so dress'd,
Before the Judge ; who henceforth bid thee rest
"SLEEPING IN JEHUS."
This dimple but expressive sentence, is inscribed on a tombstone, in a rural burying-ground in Devonshire; and gave rise to the following verses.
Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep 1
From which none ever wakes to weep:
A calm and undisturb'd repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.
Asleep in Jesus 1 oh! how sweet
Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest.
Asleep in Jesus! time nor space
Prater For Resignation.
Oh Thou whose mercy guides my way,
Tho' now it seem severe,
There is no mercy here I
Oh grant me to desire the pain
That comes in kindness down,
Succeeded by a frown.
Then tho' thou bend my spirit low,
Love only shall I see:
Was wounded once for me.
The importance of Infant Education In the Parliamentary Evidence, taken before the Select Committee on Education, the following interesting fact is stated by one of the witnesses:—" The father of a family was frequently in the habit of getting drunk; and there were two or three children under seven years of age, and they all slept in the same room. The man came
home one night drunk, and his wife remonstrated will him, and he struck her; the woman cried very much, and a little creature, two or three years old, got up and said, ' Pray, father, do not beat poor mother;' the father ordered it to be silent, but it got up again, tad, kneeling by the bed-side, repeated the Lord's Prayer, and then concluded in these simple words—' Prat, God, bless dear father and mother, and make father i good father. Amen.' This went to the heart oftte drunkard; he told me that he covered his fact with the bed-clothes, and his first thoughts in the moral? were thoughts of regret. He became an entirely chafed character, and the family are now united to a M<thodist chapel in the neighbourhood of their residence, and are useful and valuable members of society."
Rev. John Wesley The diligence of Mr Wesley ii
redeeming time has been often noticed; but it is scarcely possible for those who were not intimate with him, to have a just idea of his faithfulness in this respect. In many things he was gentle, and easy to be entreated; in this, decided and inexorable. One day, lis chaise was delayed beyond the appointed time. He had put up his papers and left the apartment, while waiting at the door, he was heard to say, by one that stood near him, " I have lost ten minutes for ever."
An Important Change.—Basak, one of the Hotteotot servants who attended Mr Campbell in his jouron into the interior of South Africa, evinced an carats concern to bring his poor ignorant countrymen to aa acquaintance with the truths from which be had deriwi so much benefit. In addressing a mixed compaijof Hottentot slaves and bushmen, he gave a very strikiag and rational description of the effect of religion on ha mind, and of his transition from brute fearlessness to religious courage. "Before the missionaries came '■> us," said he, "we were as ignorant of every thin; a* you now are. I thought that I was the same as a bet!; that when I died there would be an end of me; tea. after I heard them, I found that I had a soul that must be happy or miserable for ever. Then I became afraid to die. I was afraid to take a gun into my hand, Ws it should kill me, or to meet a serpent, lest it skouli bite me. I was afraid then to go to the bills to hua lions or elephants, lest they should devour me. But when I heard of the Son of God having come into d* world to die for sinners, all that fear went away-' took my gun again, and, without fear of death, we* to hunt lions, and tigers, and elephants. You so« shall have the opportunity to be taught the same thiM.
Seal Honesty A few years ago, Thomas Mara.
who was well known in London as " the honest waterman," was engaged to hold himself in readiness at a hour specified, every day. The gentleman for wbos he undertook to wait, and to whom he was well tno'j, was prevented using his boat for three weeks, * j« end of which time, upon his offering to pay, agretaR1 to the stipulation, Mann replied, " No, Sir, only f* the first two or three days; I afterwards learnt, by ■• quiry, that you would not want me, so 1 ceaseii u wait, and I will not take your money."
THOUGHTS ON MORTALITY.
By The Rev. William Nicolson, ifmister of Ferry-Port-On-Craig, Fifeshire.
Them is a language inscribed upon the remembrance of the just, and there is a voice proceeding forth from the tombs of the departed, which speat of matters deeply interesting, and which have sometimes extorted a tear from the most oMnrate-hearted of the sons of men. Nor is if from the remembrance of the just alone that irssons of deep and solemn interest may be learnfc'- If there be something pleasing and profitably I 'ing in meditating upon the godly lives of the saints of other days, and in connecting the recollection of their piety with the delightful thought of their now happy and glorious condition, there is also something peculiarly affecting W thinking of those who have wasted in wickedVM tk'ir day of grace, and have gone down to tie grave under the gloomy cloud of spiritual Iwkness. To associate their lives in our recolbrtions, with the doom denounced against the Kirkers of iniquity, is an exercise well calculated a inspire the mind with a solemn dread of the moments of God, and to deter us from the comnission of any known sin. Let the thoughtless *1 the irreligious among men consider how short time they shall remain on the earth, and how wful a thing it will be " to fall into the hands of b Jiving God." Let them look back through K vista of past generations, and while they muse pon the history of the holy men of old, who in leir day walked with God, whose ashes have long *n reposing in the undisturbed silence of the ■svo, and whose remembrance is still held dear the Church of Christ; let them also think of lose who despised offered mercy, and are now aping the reward of iniquity. By such reflects, let them be reminded that all, of every *de and of every character, must pass the Jorn of death. Look to the countless armies of e faithful since the world began, as well as to » multitudes who have disregarded the authori(>f the Most High, and tell, if you can, where By have gone. Their places have long ceased acknowledge them,—they have all in their turn sappean-d from the earth. "Your fathers,