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was absent three weeks. On the day of his re- 'exalted beyond measure,' so greatly had he turn Emmie said her governess,
been honored by God. Yet that this holy man “Miss M'Neil, you see papa has come back all made his earthly desires subjects of prayer we safe, because I prayed every morning and night perceive by his having besought God three times while he was away that God would send his angels that the thorn should depart from him; and he to take care of him, and bring him home safe commands us 'in every thing, by prayer and supand well to his little daughter."
plication, with thanksgiving, let your requests Emmie was very fond of grapes, but they did be made known unto God.' He made his renot agree with her; accordingly she was not al- quest known, and when the answer came, My lowed to eat them. One evening she was walk- grace is sufficient for thee,' he was content. ing in the garden with her governess, when they Though so powerful was his faith that he could entered the grapery. The ripe clusters of lus-work miracles, yet he gloried in an infirmity cious fruit hung in tempting beauty around, and which it was his heavenly Father's will to inflict. Emma looked at them with longing eyes.
Pres. And when the end came, and it was appointed ently Miss M'Neil observed her turn ber head him to suffer a violent death at the hands of his aside and heard her whisper,
enemies, his gentle remark respecting it was, 'I “Please, God, if I eat a very few grapes do n't am ready to be offered up.' let them make me sick.” She then looked “The same spirit we find in all the early brightly up and said,
Christians, and from their example we learn that “Miss M'Neil, if you will give me just a leetle whatever we ask of a worldly nature should be bunch I know they won't make me sick." asked with submission, leaving with God the
Miss M'Neil broke off a very ripe cluster, pick- right to do as his wisdom sees best for us and for ed from it the finest grapes, and gave them to
others, the child. She eat them and was not sick.
“And now, darling," and the teacher looked That Emmie prayed with the full strength of into the clear eyes of her pupil, "do you think faith her teacher perceived, and thought it neces- you understand all I have been saying?" sary to instruct her further. She, therefore, told “Yes, ma'am,” said the child, "I think I do; her that unlimited faith should only be exercised | it is this, that though God has promised to do in seeking the salvation of our souls. Our tem- whatever we ask in faith, yet for our bodies we poral affairs we should commit to God, asking ought to let him do whatever he thinks best.” him to do what his wisdom and goodness sees "Yes, love, that's it," and the governess fondly best. She opened the Bible and showed her how kissed her intelligent charge. the Israelites erred in asking for the gratification " But, Miss M'Neil," quickly inquired the child, of their carnal desires. God was not pleased “how about praying for рара,
you, with those prayers, though he answered them. and uncle, and cousins, and the servants, and We are told, “He gave them their request; but every one ?" sent leanness into their soul."
“In praying for others our petitions for their She then turned to the New Testament and / bodies are to be the same as for our own, in subread how Jesus prayed respecting the body. mission to the will of God. Respecting their “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
souls, we can ask for the operation of the Holy Whereas, at the same time he could have pray- Spirit in any way they most ueed it. This we ed to his Father, and he would have given him may
ask in the fullest faith. "more than twelve legions of angels” to deliver "In praying for the ungodly we may entreat him from his enemies. But then the Scriptures God to have mercy on them. Ilabakkuk, the would not have been fulfilled, the atonement prophet, prayed, 'In wrath remember meres.' would not have been made for our sins, and the “We may ask him to give them time to repent, whole world would still have been under the curse and to grant them the aid of the Holy Spirit to of the law and the just wrath and indignation lead them to repentance; yet they may resist the of God.
Holy Ghost, and St. Paul says, 'They that resist “We also find,” .continued the teacher, “that shall receive to themselves damnation.' So we the apostles resigned their temporal affairs into may pray in faith that God will give the sinner the hands of God, believing that it was their all necessary help; but we can not believe for the duty to do and suffer all his righteous will. St. sinner's salvation, it being in his power to resist Paul had a thorn in the flesh which tormented the strivings of the Spirit. him for life; but he bore it meekly, because he “Among the parables of our blessed Lord felt that it was necessary to keep him humble. there is one which will, perhaps, explain this Christians must be humble; yet were it not for more clearly. Listen while I read: "Ile spake that 'thorn,' Paul thinks that he might have been | also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree
planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought eyes, gilded her countenance, gave modest grace
and Now, lore, do you think you understand what is healthful, when they visited each other, that it meant by this parable?"
was sometimes varied by a low-toned dialogue “Yes, ma'am, I think so. God does not save upon some subject of interest in the divine law; sinners against their will, so we must not believe nor did it weaken the benefit derived from the for that; but we may ask him not to cut them free, pure air of the spacious pleasure-grounds down in their sins, but to send his Holy Spirit that they sometimes walked, hand in hand, in into their hearts to strive with them, and he will the retired shade, the ears of the one open to indo it."
struction, while the other sweetly discoursed of "Right, dear. I think, however, that in pray- the "beauty of holiness." ing for such of our friends as belong to the
One afternoon Miss M'Neil went to see the household of Christ, our faith should accompany minister's wife, and finding the lady sick in bed, their desires. We have an example of this in proposed to take the eldest child, a little girl Paul's beautiful prayer for the Ephesian Church. about Emmie's age, and keep her till her mamma He tells them in his epistle, 'For this cause I should be well again. This proposal was gladly bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus accepted; for Sarah had no governess, and the Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and nurse had two younger children to mind. earth is named, that he would grant you, accord Enmie was much pleased to have little Sarah ing to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened for a companion, and the evening passed happily with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that
to hoth. Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that The following afternoon Bel came, and the ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be three children had quite a gay time together. able to comprehend with all saints what is the All Emmie's toys were spread out in the schoolbreadth, and length, and depth, and hight; and room, and the happy sounds of their innocent to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowl- mirth came like music to the ears of Miss M'Neil, edge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness who, seated in an adjoining room, was engaged of God.'
in reading Emmie dear," added the govern In the cool of the evening they were permitted ess, folding the child to her bosom and pressing to play ontdoors. After they had been gone her lips to the smooth, upturned brow, "I did some time Miss N' Neil went to walk in the garnot expect to have had so little trouble in ex- den, but she saw no sign of the children; she plaining to you this difficult subject; but your heard not their merry voices, and wondering readiness to understand shows a desire to learn, where they were she approached the summerand I know no greater pleasure than to teach a house. Thinking that perhaps they had tired willing pupil. May God bless yon, darling, and themselves running and had gone in there for by his Holy Spirit's influence ‘guide you into all rest, she peeped through one of the windows, truth!'"
when, lo! what a sight met the delighted eyes of The seed Miss M' Neil so faithfully sowed fell the lady! Surely angels must have been looking into good ground, and brought forth fruit a hun- down with radiant joy! On their knees were the dred-fold. Emmie became a praying child. Her three children, their little hands clasped, and young spirit went out in breathings to heaven their fair heads bowed, while from Emma's tenand her thoughts flowed upward. The study of der heart and guileless lips came the words of the Scriptures was her delight. There she learned humble, simple, trusting prayer. With tearful the “deep things of God," which are "hidden eyes and pent-in breath the governess listened. from the wise and prudent and revealed unto An infant prayer meeting! how touchingly holy babes."
the scene! Surely he who invited little children Watchful over self, her blemishes of character to come unto him was smiling on that gronp! disappeared. Her fair, young face was no more Prayer ended, they arose. “And now," said clouded with ill-humor or stained with angry the little leader, "let us sing 'Gentle Jesus,'” and tears; but inward serenity and love shone in her as their lisping tones united in the sacred song
" And now,
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the observer moved softly away, mentally ex- ment Emmie was on her knees in their old place claiming with uplifted heart:
of meeting engaged in earnest, but submissive “Verily, 'out of the mouths of babes and prayer in her behalf. sucklings bast thou ordained strength!'”
Emmie had now no pious companion of her Sarah spent a week with Emmie, during which own age, but the sacred hour, formerly approprishe shared all the benefits of the school-room. ated to the meeting with her little friends, was Of the religious privileges of her little friend she still religiously observed. was also a partaker; and the influences of that “I will make it," she said to Miss M'Neil, "a short visit affected her character ever after. season of special prayer for dear Bel while she
Miss M'Neil was candidly informed of the is in that gay school without religious teaching." meeting in the summer-house, and her approba
Nor was this holy effort without avail; for Bel tion freely expressed. Even more, she encour- in her letters to her cousin soon evinced good aged the act of childish devotion by engaging to desires and expressed a disrelish for the vain invite Bel and Sarah upon the same evening, pleasures by which her young heart had been once each week, that the little prayer meeting drawn away from its high allegiance. might be continued. This, then, became a set
Emmie continued to live a life of faith in the tled arrangement with which nothing was suf- spirit of prayer and thanksgiving. Her pure fered to interfere.
and unobtrusive religion was little noticed by At first Bel's mamma hesitated about allowing the world, and yet, like the gentle dew refreshing her little girl to join in the juvenile worship; but the summer berbage, the answers to her prayers when she found that the minister was pleased
were sent in a plenteous flow of grace to many with the proceeding and gladly accepted the in- hearts; and the day of eternity alone can tell vitation for Sarah, she withdrew all opposition. how wide-spread the good that was effected in
Meanwhile, as the long, briglit summer ad- the quiet closet of that praying child. vanced Viss M'Neil watched with intense joy the improvement in her beloved pupil. Emmie was
THE INFLUENCE OF JEMORY ON HUMAN growing in grace; she was “spiritually-minded,"
WELFARE. and truly did she enjoy “life and peace.”
The little prayer meeting was continued with unflagging zeal, and when the season arrived in NDENIABLY great is the influence of memwhich the summer-house was no longer suitable ory upon human happiness. It is so from for the purpose they united in the school-room, the very necessity of the case. Every man has and still the weekly meeting went on.
a past in his history—a past, too, which it is the Before long, however, a change came; Bel was office of memory to reproduce in the living pressent to a fashionable boarding-school; and, alas Whatever may be the moral character of for the influence of evil example! the good im- this past, it is designed to live in human conpression which she had received dwindled away. sciousness, and to have a vital influence upon Still Emmie and Sarah met each week, and in the welfare of humanity. If this view of the their prayers their absent companion never was subject be true, then every man's happiness or forgotten.
misery is, at least to a considerable extent, in A little longer and another change occurred; the resources of his memory. The past is a the small-pox appeared in the neighhorhood and necessity to him; therefore, memory is a great soon made dreadful ravages. Sarah's papa, be arrangement in his constitution with direct referlieving that his duty to the flock over which he ence to its perpetuation. And as every man's was pastor took precedence of family considera- past is just what he has personally made it, he tions, visited regularly the stricken members of must abide the result of its memory upon his his Church; and from bed to bed, where the moral welfare. Whatever of happiness or wretchloathsome disease prevailed, carried his benignedness is evolved by memory from this source is and evangelic ministrations. Careful to change legitimately his own-he has made or unmade his clothes and bathe his person before returning his fortune thus far on his journey to the invisito the domestic circle, it was through no fanlt of ble world. his that the contagion found entrance to his Memory to a good man is erery thing, since it dwelling; but it came, and little Sarah, in her furnishes the materials out of which the condibloom and purity, was smitten by its foul breath. tion of his happiness is created. There must be A few days of suffering on her part, and agoniz- a reason for our happiness, and as that reason can ing suspense on that of her parents, and the lit. not possibly lie outside of ourselves, it is found tle Christian was called to the glorious presence of necessity in the resources of our memory. of the children's friend; while at the same mo- | Something must lie back of our bappiness; that
something is what we have done in fulfilling the the happiness of his kind, would it not be in necessary conditions of happiness; hence the re contravention of all philosophy and reason for lation of memory to this conscious fact in our such a man to be happy? In such a case must experience. The poet utters a touchingly-tender not and beautiful sentiment when, in speaking of the
“ Remembrance wake with all her busy train, influence of memory on our happiness, he says,
Swell at the heart and turn the past to pain?” ard fare, at irregular hours of the day or myliui "O dearl" sighed the mother, catching it up and Sadly indeed is the past in the way of the shaking it angrily. The child screamed-spat! | happiness of thousands of our race. But for spat! came the maternal hand, upon its delicate memory they might blot out its faithful record,
and get away from the reach of its influence on In a true and noble life-a life full of out their minds and hearts. And yet do they not flowing sympathies and generous deeds for the justly deserve the pain occasioned by “the serwelfare of the race—there must exist all the pent's sting" of memory? Might they have not materials for the highest possible enjoyment on put nobler material into the history of their past earth. The man who has ever given a pleasant lipes, and thus securely laid the foundation for a look, spoken a kind word, or performed a good rational and serene happiness? If memory, in deed to a wronged heart or a saddened spirit has reviewing the scenes and associations of the thrown something of sunshine and cheer about past, the pathway of some lonely one on life's pilgrim
“Wakes the key-note of the saddest dirge age, and is, by consequence, all the richer and
That fancy ever played to melancholy,” nobler in his heart's experience from the memory of the same. In the sum of the kindly whose fault is it but theirs ? A mournful truthoffices and worthy deeds he has performed in one that has been attested by human experience behalf of the welfare of his fellow-men, he has a all along the roll of the ages—is contained in valuable and enduring inheritance bequeathed to the following deeply-suggestive lines of Denham: him from the past-an inheritance as enviablo on the one hand as it is honorable and just on the
“Jad memory been lost with innocence
We had not known the sentence nor the offense; other. Whatever of good the past history of
'T was man's chief punishment to keep in store such a man has yielded lives in the present in
The sad remembrance what he was before." its gracious influence upon his own heart and upon the hearts of others; and while he lives, Notwithstanding our present happiness or misgea, forever, he will find in his own memory the ery is in the resources of our memory, yet the resources of his happiness. A blessed arrange- corrective or remedial design of memory is ment of nature, indeed, is memory when it has worthy of earnest consideration. What is the the right kind of material to work upon in our present now will shortly be the past; therefore, past lives. In recounting and summing up the we should impress upon the present such a moral noble treasures which memory holds sacred and history as will conduce to our happiness hereafdear to the heart, well may the bard sing,
That much of our history as lies between
the present and the moment of dissolution is all “Long, long be my heart with such memories filled, Like the vase in which roses have once been distilled; unwritten; and since it is our work to create the You may break, you may ruin the vase, if you will, materials and write our own moral autobiograBut the scent of the roses will cling round it still.” phy, it becomes us to learn wisdom from the
teachings of memory. In order to do this, But memory is by no means friendly to the
"'T is greatly wise to talk with our past hours, happiness of the man who bears about him the consciousness of having lived beneath the dig. And how they might have borno more welcome news.”
And ask them what report they bore to heaven; nity of a rational and immortal intelligence. With a history full of self and selfish pursuits in What is the lesson suggested by memory?
the past, such a man has wronged himself and What is the character of the history it calls for in ! humanity, and, as a consequence, there exists no our future earthly being? To all men memory's
materials for happiness in his memory. In the office is to say with particular emphasis, Write a presence of remembered wrong against the rights better history for the future! Even the purest and welfare of his fellows, or in the conscious spirits of earth, those who have ever had the knowledge of guilt and crime, how could such a cause of heaven and humanity nearest the heart, spirit escape self-torture and pain? With a rec may learn through the medium of memory someord as full of the details of selfishness as it is thing suggestively important for the present and wanting in genial love and generous devotion to future. A close analysis of the past will dis
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cover blemishes in the best man's life, and sug- happiness or misery to us forever. The recollecgest points in that life capable of important tion of a life of piety on earth will sweeten the modifications. is in this way that the influ- bliss and enhance the glory of the skies forever, ence of memory is designed to be corrective or while the memory of a wicked existence among remedial in its character. While the happiness men will create the remorse and swell the unutwhich is thus derived from the past reveals the terable woe of perdition to all eternity. But for wisdom of the good man in putting the right
nung vusly Uustareu. moral impress upon it, it also calls for pro
"I will make it," she said to Miss M'Neil, "a gressive development in regard to our relation to season of special prayer for dear Bel while she present obligation and duty. We must be con is in that gay school without religious teaching." stantly enlarging the sources of our happiness of the ons, 'hierhebestling with the "tömitigated' hy doing the true work and meeting the urgent agony of the other. claims of the living present upon us.
If, in conclusion, memory is such in its influUpon a wicked man the influence of the mem ence on our welfare here, and such in its results ory of the past should be specially corrective in on destiny hereafter, can we be too careful, reader, its character. Unwise to the last degree is be in putting into our lives such material as memif he remain untaught and unbenefited by the ory may make a source of blessedness to us forbitter memories and experiences of the past. ever? If we are working out results here which As the past makes no yield of happiness, but are as enduring as eternity itself, and to which the memory of it is potent only to make him our active, conscious thought will be perpetually wretched, he should seek to become wiser and recurring all through the sweep of endless ages, happier by tracing out the necessary connection is it not of vast moment to us to look after the between a sinful past and an unhappy present, character of our work, and see to it that it has and by acting properly in reference to this fixed about it the element of future happiness? relation of cause and effect in the future. This is one of the designs of memory, and he is strangely insensible to his highest welfare whose
THE FRETFUL MOTHER. memory of the past fails to make him concerned about being a better man. "Cease to do evil TUMAN
” happiness; and this even the most wicked may has time to turn a leaf or two of it in riding do by the aid of those divine influences which upon the cars, the short distance from Hudson to only await their call. None ever practiced upon Cleveland. this principle without throwing into their lives A few days since, as I seated myself in a car, the element of future happiness. Try it, reader, my attention was attracted to a group who od and success is inevitable.
cupied the seat opposite to me. It consisted of But we have not only reason to know that our a lady and two children, one a beautiful little happiness or misery in the present life is greatly boy of three or four years, the other a pale, pany dependent upon the resources of memory; but babe of eight or ten months. They had evidentwe have the highest reason for believing that ly been traveling for some time, for theç seemed such will be the case forever. Death can not be very weary, and the lady looked sad and carelogically supposed to work any diminution in the My sympathies are always excited at the power of memory, since its effect is purely phys- sight of a delicate woman traveling alone, with ical. But, on the contrary, it is fair to conclude two or three children dependent upon her care, that death, so far from impairing the memory, and I had begun to feel considerable pity for the will have the effect to increase its power. Phys- | weary mother, when she manifested such a spirit ical causes affect the memory as we all know, of impatience that I turned my sympathies upon but in a future state of being no such causes the poor children upon whom she wreaked her can possibly exist; therefore we argue that the petulance. “Henry, keep your feet off my
dress!" human memory must be capable of an intenser said the mother, contracting her features into a action in eternity. When in addition to this we mass of wrinkles, and striking at the intruding consider, in the light of revelation, the clearer morocco, “ sit still!" vociferated the same shrill knowledge with which a future state will invest tones. “Ma, are we close to Ohio?" said the us as to the actual results of our lives and actions child in a languid, drawling tone.
“Sit still, and upon the moral history of the race, the truth of quit asking questions,” was the ungentle reply. this proposition has all the force of absolute At this moment the infant, who had been certainty.
sleeping upon the reversed seat, awoke with a This granted, memory is to be a source of plaintive cry—a cry that went to my heart, and I