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could attend to the word of God, where they might learn some good, instead of learning all manner of mischief, learning it fast, learning it with all their heart. Now, you think it a good thing that your parents send you here, and don't let you run about the roads. It is dreadful to think in what manner many spend the time which you spend here; the very venom of Satan seems to be thrown into them. No wonder mankind are so bad. I do not wonder when I hear of persons being taken up, or hear of their being hanged, when I see how they are brought up, or rather not brought up at all, but just left to do what they like.
It is a good thing that our young friends are here. What are they here for ? When we go anywhere, it concerns us to ask what it is for. They come here to learn the art of reading. Now, think. A great many men and women may take
up a book, and see nothing but black strokes and lines. Yet they know that some persons find a great deal that is curious in the book, as well as what is solemn--the account of the creation of the world, of Adam and Eve, of the destruction of the world, of the duty of men, and what is necessary for their salvation. But, now, how sad not to learn all this for ourselves ? One is perfectly astonished at persons growing up content to be so ignorant.
It is a great burning shame not to learn. It is a laborious thing to learn to read; some of my young friends find it so. They spend a great deal of time, and still find they don't read so well as some who have been here longer. It's a hard thing, that's the plain truth of it; but it requires great pains to learn anything that is good, any trade, any business. Persons who have not learned to read will sit down and sleep away their time. Now, don't you think it far better to read the book of God? Think of two young persons. One can sit down and read, and wonder at what he reads, and be very much pleased ; he may find out his own faults, and that's a good thing; he may know what will be done at the end of the world, It is dreadful to see men live on like cattle, and not so good as cattle. Now, we have to expect our young friends to take paing. Don't think it too hard and harsh in your teachers to require attention. Endeavour to do your best. They that will try the second and third time, and go on to the hundredth time, will find that they get on; at the end of a month or a year they will find that they have got a great deal more than they had at the beginning
. We might say here, you should not think that all the rest of the week there is to be no improvement at all. Do not think that the lessons of the
are like fine clothes, to be put on that day only; they are as good on
or the Wednesday. It is a good thing to read on the Saturday, or any day; it is never but a good thing ; it is never a bad thing to read a good book. To learn to read should not be called a task, for that means a hardship. Pay attention to your teachers. Think whether it is not due to them. What do they gain by it? If they got a great deal of money, that would be something. Our friends take this trouble out of good-will; you are nothing to them, in the common sense of the word. They could employ their time in a way that would please them far better ; they do not think it so delightful to come and toil and
but they come because they wish to do you good. You owe great attention to your teachers. Let me insist on this again and again. You should labour to understand what they say.
we have to say that the important instruction of teaching you to read is not all they wish to give. They endeavour to give you some instruction about what you read. A person may run on reading the book of God, and yet not learn anything to good purpose. Religion is the knowLedge, the love, the fear of God; a concern to please God; a concern to know about Jesus Christ, who came to suffer death that men might be saved. Your teachers tell you that sin is an offence against the great God; they tell you that no man has seen God, because he is a spirit, but he sees all of us. God is such a kind of being that he can be in every place, and see children at home and
Sunday the Monday
in school, and everywhere. But this important instruction requires attention, to think what God is, why sin is so bad a thing—why so bad in its consequences to go to a dreadful place called hell, where sins bring down the punishment ol God: and your teachers tell you all this, and how sin may be pardoned. They tell you about Jesus Christ-about his suffering malice and injustice from men and all this while divinely glorious and excellent. You have not learned any thing to good account unless you have learned this.
With regard to the parents, they have a duty to do. If persons come to instruct their children out of pure good-will and benevolence, they should not think themselves exempted from doing what they can. Parents should endea. vour to give instruction now aud then, and always, that if God please to give his grace, their children may grow up good Christians, members of the Church, and, at last, of heaven itself; a glorious thing for parents to think of that.
Our young friends should be reminded of a judgment to come. Those who have followed vice and folly and wretchedness, will be condemned before God The teachers will have to say, “We warned them, prayed and entreated them to fear God, but they would not.” It is a happy thing when children grow up thankful to their teachers; but, on the contrary, when a child grows up and can say, “I never cared—I never attended to my teachers,"—it is a dreadful thing to come to that pass; and knowing all this, we inculcate upon them with all our might to think of their duty, to remember that God calls them to repentance.
We would express in the strongest terms our regard for the teachers—respect and value for their services--foregoing a great deal they would like for the pur pose of instructing the children, just because they fear God. We have the very, highest possible respect for those who take all this pains ; one only wishes they may have patience and not be weary in well-doing. There are some children, perhaps, to whom they do not seem to do good; but even in such cases I hope their instructions will, as it were, some day, rise from the dead and do good a long while after. If the teachers do no good at all to others, they will still have done their duty ; but we are sure this cannot be the case. They themselves will be the wiser for it; they will see how difficult it is to communicate knorrledge; it has made them try to make it plainer, and therefore they understand it better themselvos. They are doing what God is calling them to do.
I do not know that anything more can be added to these plain hints. The great thing is, to lay these things to heart, to strive to grow in grace, and entreat our heavenly Father to take us and our children under his divine protection and favour.
BY THE REV. THOMAS HANDS.
“And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impodiment in bis speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven,
he sighed, and saitā unto him, Epbplatba, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.”—Mark vii. 32–35.
The life of Jesus is full of teaching, and we find him still teaching and doing one of the most prominent lessons in it is, good work. We see him occasionally that human life is not to be merely retiring to the mountain sides, and getting quiescent and recipient, but active and
apart from his disciples and from the mul. communicativo. Jesus was pre-eminently titude, that he may
think and a worker. “He went about doing good.” still we see that he is seeking fresh strength We get occasional glimpses of him among for holy work. “I must be about my friends at social entertainments, but there Father's business," is the motto of his life
The teaching and training he gave to his Christian work. It has higher aims than disciples were adapted and intended to fit these, but it comprehends these. The them also to be workers. He never en. religion of Jesus sets a high value on the courages a religion which can live only in a bodies as well as on the souls of men. It still
, warm atmosphere, and under a cloud- teaches us to despise neither, but to work legs sky. Christ came into the world, for the salvation of both; and if, like the because the world wanted workers, not priest and the Levite, when we come upon dreamers. Work here, rest in heaven, & suffering man, we gather our garments must be the Christian's motto; and, to be about us, and pass by on the other side, like Christ, we must be “workers together we are influenced by a spurious sanctity, with him."
and mistake the genius of true religion. But not only do we find in the life of Then are we most like the Master, when Jesus example and stimulus for work, we we stoop to the wretched wherever we find learn also the principles, the purposes, and him, pour balm into his wounds, and prothe results of Christian work; and I am vide for his commonest necessities. Thus about to use the incidents of this narrative Christ's example hallows for us the most to illustrate these points.
secular forms of Christian activity. I. We have here an illustration of the But there is another lesson for us here, nature of true Christian work:-" And they at which we glance in passing :-Our hope bring unto him one that was deaf, and had in Christian work is in the power and coman impediment in his speech; and they passion of Jesus. They brought the man beseech him to put his hand upon him.”
to Jesus that he might put his hand upon Now observe, Jesus does not reprove
him. Perhaps, wearied by the use of these people for seeking his aid in the various specifics, and disappointed by the removal of physical suffering. He does want of success of eminent physicians, not tell them that to heal bodily ailments, they now come to Jesus, whose fame has and restore to health and enjoyment, are
reached them-come to him as their last purposes aside from the work he had come hope. Blessed is the despair which drives to do, and that they are anxious, in this us to Christ! For then only does hope matter, about that which is of very inferior begin, a “hope that maketh not ashamed.” account. He does not say that they ought
Miserable indeed would have been the con- rather to have come to him seeking light dition of this poor man, had not his friends power
for the man's soul, instead of brought him to Jesus, and besought him seeking relief for his bodily ailments. that he would put his hand on him. Just Those ailments were part of the entail of 80 the hope of success in all true Christian sin, and were obstacles to the man's recep. work rests on the power and compassion of tion of higher good ; and Jesus does not our Lord; and if we would do true service think it beneath him, though he had come to men, this must be the object of all our into the world chiefly to seek and save efforts-to bring them to Jesus. There men's souls, to apply his healing touch for are objects we may accomplish in a different the removal of their physical maladies.
We may secure personal and Let us not, then, simply gaze and wonder
at sectarian objects by bringing men over ta the display of his miraculous power in our party and to our church; but true such cases, but let us also learn this lesson, Christian work can only be done by bring. that the object of true Christian work is ing men to Jesus. the relief of the miserable, whether in body Let us, then, learn to work, to work comor soul.
pletely, aiming to benefit men secularly and To use our property for clothing the spiritually; and in all our working lot this naked, feeding the hungry, providing be the chief end, and the ground of our shelter for the houseless, and healing for hope of success, to bring men to Christ, the sick ; to instruct the ignorant in secular that he may put his gracious hand on knowledge, and to use our social and them. political influence in improving the con
II. We have here an illustratior of the dition of the community, destroying method of Divine co-operation with us in political and ecclesiastical abuses, and
our work. extending among men the blessings of Jesus is the Divine workor; he works freedom and of good
government, are truly with Divine power, and his is the Divine
They are indeed method. Now, look at him effecting this subordinate, but they are included in true cure. Here is no yaunting of ability, no
parade of means, no summoning a crowd of racter, and employs them in such on-lookers, or waiting for an opportunity manner, as to manifest his own power, and to produce a thrilling effect. « He took to teach us that he could do without the him aside from the multitude.” God works instrument, and that if any man glory, he quietly. That is our lessonà lesson we should glory in the Lord. But he also very much need to learn in this day. We employs instrumentality to teach us that, find quiet work the hardest work of all, and if we would be healed, or be healers, we are apt to think nothing is being done if must not stand aside and look for miracles
, there is no noise, no demonstration. But but must work-work with such means it is often "apart from the multitude" God and such tools, as he gives us to work does some of his most notable works. How withal. Everywhere in nature we see the quietly does he evolve life in a thousand same great truth, and that is but the illusforms; forms of beauty, which come, and tration of God's mode of operation in the live their age, and fulfil the Divine purpose, kingdom of his grace. and pass away unnoticed by the multitude ! And further, notice how simple the means How quietly and slowly does the coral reef were which Jesús employed in effecting this rise from the ocean, and receive the soil,
He only touched him with big and become covered with verdure, and then fingers, and from
those fingers flowed the become the home of man! Through long healing power. To the human hand, the years the monarch of the forest springs God within gave healing efficacy. The from the little seed, and becomes the tall man's ears were opened, and in rushed all sapling, and then spreads his branches in the harmony of earth and heaven through noble beauty, and yields grateful shade to those gates of the soul; his tongue was man and beast. These are but illustrations unloosed, and out poured distinct, articu« of what God is ever doing in the spiritual late praises of God's mercy. What a kingdom. In many a soul, unseen and wonderful change! And how simply prounnoticed by the multitude, the seed of the duced! Yes, brethren ; and what a strike kingdom finds an abiding place, and there ing lesson again for us ! God works great quietly and slowly grows, until it yields the purposes by the simplest means. Very frefruits of righteousness, unknown even to quently does he show us this. From the sower. Surely Jesus says to us, by nature and from history we could multiply taking this man "aside from the multitude, illustrations, and in spiritual work it is there is real work to be done in the quiet constantly seen. We are often constrained by-ways of life-work, real work, though to exclaim, “Not great things, but things unnoticed and unapplauded by the multi- that are despised, and things that are not, tudo; and that we should not seek, in the hath God chosen, to bring to nought the work he gives us to do, to be sustained by things that are, that no flesh should glory the excitement of publicity, but should be in his presence.” Despise not simple content to work for God and man as instruments ; they are oftentimes God's bravely and as truly in the solitary places, mightiest levers for effecting spiritual roro“ aside from the multitude," as amid the lutions. The “preaching of foolishness" approving gaze and loud plaudits of a is “the wisdom of God, and the power crowd.
God." The simple story of the Cross has Observe again :-he "put his fingers into done more for the world than all the his ears, and he spit, and touched his world's philosophy, or the world's power, tongue, and saith unto him, Be opened." or the world's wealth. His mere will was adequate to the pro- III. Here is an illustration of the spirit duction of the cure. Why, then, doos Jesus in which all true Christian work should be act thus ? The lesson is on the surface. done :-“And looking up to heaven, he A miracle of healing is wrought-wrought sighed.” by the hand of the Divine One; but not Is it mere fancy to say that Jesus wrought by the immediate action of the teaches us here something like this :Divine will. Even He who has all power, that if we would be successful workers here acts through visible means. Is not
among men, we must cherish a spirit of this, then, our lesson-God co-operates with kindly sympathy for those we would help us in the use of instrumentality in our that in our work we must remember and Christian work? This is the method of acknowledge our dependence on God; the Divine operations everywhere. He that our work must ever be accompanied by chooses his instruments of such a cha | prayer I have not space to enlarge on
these points ; but I think we shall miss the teaching of the narrative if we overlook them. But is there not much 80called Christian work in which we are painfully conscious of the absence of these characteristics ? Proud, cold, austere working among the poor, the ignorant, and the outcast, in which there is no tender sympathy of soul; boastful, selfconfident working, which relies on talent, skill, eloquence, wealth, and takes no account of God; bustling, noisy, impetuous working, which knows no calm, solemn moment of communion with Heaven; a zeal which is devoured in its own flame, and is never renewed in the secret place of prayer :-alas! we have too much of this. Such working may fill the world's eye, and the world's ear, for a season ; but it will never fill the world with blessing. If we would open the ears, and loosen the tongues, we must often sigh in sympathy with the sufferers, and look up to heaven for His blessing by whose power alone we can be made effectual workers.
IV. We have here an encouraging illustration of the success which always follows true Christian work.
You may be ready to say, the success here is no ground of assurance of success to 18. Jesus commanded success by virtue of his Divine power, and there is no parallel between him and us, as workers. Stay!
Has he not said, “The works that I do shall ye do also ; and greater works than these shall ye do, because I go my Father"? He has associated us with him in his work; he has shown us how to do that work; and he has promised to aid us in it, and to place at our disposal his own Divine energy. May we not then fairly take his success as the guarantee of ours ? " Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.” And because he never failed, we shall always succeed. Sometimes our success is immediate ; we have results
straightway." The Lord sends his word, uttered by us, direct to the soul, and straightway the ears are opened, and the string of the tongue is loosed," and we marvel at 'the suddenness as well as at the greatness of the change. Sometimes we have to toil on for a season apparently in vain. But it is not in vain. mise tarry, wait for it.”. “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Break up the fallow ground ; sow the good seed of the kingdom ; and as the rain and the snow shall not fail of their purpose, so the word of the Lord shall do the work of the Lord, and
the patient labourer shall become the joyful reaper.
“ Learn to labour and to wait," and your expectation shall not be disappointed.
If the pro
GOOD-NIGHT AND GOOD-MORNING.
A CHILD'S SONG.