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And sing she did, rather trem
I made the girl go and say lously; but it did her good to hear that I needed the money then, and ome sound besides the ticking of she came back and said that Mrs. he clock, and the wind in the Hall hadn't the change, and was himney. When the clock struck too much engaged to attend to it. seven, Emily lighted the candle and Did you ever hear of anything so the fire, and put on the tea-kettle;
mean " and when the chill was a little gone “Yes; a thousand things,” said from the room, she took off her hood her brother, fiercely. "I hardly ind smoothed her hair.
ever heard of anything that wasn't At twenty minutes past seven, mean and contemptible. I made a ack, as regular as the clock itself, fool of myself to-day asking Old "ame in.
Skinflint to advance this week's " Aren't you frozen ?” asked his wages on account of to-morrow; sister. “It's awful cold.”
but he said I was better off without "It seems like snow," said Jack, money for a 'spree,' when he knows warming his hands.
I never touch a drop. I wanted to “Do you remember, Jack, what
surprise you with a dinner, too.” fun we used to have—ages
ages Emily, who always went up when ago—when there was snow?"
her brother went down, said, brightly, Jack
gave a grunt of assent, such “ How droll it would have been to as his father had given before him; have two dinners, instead of none at alter which Emily sunk into a little all! Don't let's care, Jack. Let stillness, just as her mother had those horrid people enjoy their done before her.
stalled oxen to-morrow, if their con"What makes it só cold here to- sciences will let them. I think our night, Em ?” Jack asked, as they ‘yarbs,' as the old women say, will sat down to tea. “Have you been
taste sweeter." doing what I caught you at once, It wasn't easy to be good company and told you not to do again? Í that night, and the two went to bed believe you have, you're as blue as earlier than usual.
" It will save wood,” said Emily, "I took a walk that made me cold as she poked the fire down with un
too,” said Emily, “I usual energy; thinking, as she did so, didn't mean to tell you about it till “How I hate and despise to be so after tea."
small and stingy, it's the worst part Jack looked inquiringly, and of being so horribly poor;" and she
gave a final poke that sent sparks "I went to Mrs. Hall's with some and ashes over the floor. work that I hurried like anything to
When in her own room, Emily finish, so as to get the money for it repented her crossness, and opened to-day—fifteen shillings. I knew the door to say, "Good-night again, you wouldn't be paid till Saturday, Jack; you had better go to bed beand last week's pay went for rent; fore the room gets cold.", Jack, sitand I wanted to get some coal, and ting on the side of his bed, deep in to surprise you with a nice little moody thought, hardly noticed her. dinner to-morrow. I thought I'd Emily's heart was too full of get some nice beef, and some vege
stormy feelings to let her say her
prayers properly, or to let her go to "Well!” said Jack.
sleep for a long time. It was not " It wasn't well at all,” said Emily; often that clouds got the better of * for that mean woman just sent sunshine in that brave hopeful soul, down word that the work was right,
but now she felt powerless to resist and that she'd pay me next time I them.
Emily went on :
tables and some apples.”
When Emily woke late next morn- herself that day, as well as with her ing, she was glad to see sunshine in- earthly lot; for she had provided stead of snow, and to find her spirits good dinners for a number of poor as clear as the sky. “It makes me families, and was prepared to give feel so stuffed up to get so mad,” handsomely when the plate should she thought, “and it does no good.be, passed. She was in comfortabl I will give thanks to-day, even if ignorance of the discomfort she ha we do have a skimpy dinner;" and caused by being, last evening, to her morning prayer was full of intent upon plans for this day? gratitude and of submission.
duties and engagements to settle a Emily found Jack with the fire trifling account with one of her sewmade, and busy chopping up the ing-women. wood-box to help out the day's fuel. Emily fought down the rising
After a breakfast of potatoes and spirit of resentment, and, helped by bread, Emily proposed their going the next hymn, was ready to enjoy to church.
the sermon. “Not I,” said Jack; “ it's bad The minister, instead of selecting enough to go among the big folks any of the texts usually chosen for on Sundays."
the day, gave these words of the Oh, Jack," said his sister, “don't gentle disciple: “That ye love one let's mind the people, but go and another.” He said he would leave give thanks on our own account.” it to others to enumerate the great • What for po
blessings of the past year; nor would May be by going we can find out. he remind his people of those everyIt will save the fire, too.” Emily day benefits that called for hourly could laugh at their economy this gratitude. He would not even dwell morning. "Come, Jack, you will upon that greatest benefaction—the
redemption of the world. To-day I suppose
his theme was to be that wonderful Before long the two had made the gift to the children of men-human most of their appearance, and were love. walking towards the church which Beginning with the love of Eden, they attended, when Jack would go he showed that though “the trail of anywhere. Jack felt proud of his the serpent was over them all,” still sister's sweet face and ladylike bear- the loves and friendships of the ing. If he had said so, Emily's cup world had kept it from becoming & would have brimmed with pleasure; desert of sin and selfishness. He but he did not say anything of the grew eloquent, recalling the records kind. It was not his way.
history gives of acts of heroism perThey took their seats in one of the formed by friend for friend, and the free seats, just as the service began. sacrifices laid on altars of love the The congregation wore their best
Then he told them to clothes and their best faces, seeming look about, and see heroism and to blend jubilee with devotion. sacrifice as worthy of immortality, Emily felt the atmosphere of the and as immortal, though unstoried place, and joined heartily in the song and unsung. He spoke tenderly of of praise and prayer of thanksgiving. the love of parents and of children, As she raised her head at the end of and of that love that makes the forthe prayer, her glance fell upon Mrs. saking of father and mother a holy Hall, resplendent in velvet and sable, thing. and wearing an expression of placid But as honest men must, he grew benevolence which Emily found it most earnest when he spoke out of hard to forgive. Mrs. Hall felt that his own experience, and told of the she had cause to be satisfied with unselfish devotion that sisters some.
mes bestow upon brothers, and thing to be grateful for, didn't
we, ore rarely brothers give to sisters. dear Jack P” said Emily, looking up 3 he pictured a sister's daily into his face. lf-denial, and her gentle but irre- “I did,” said Jack; “I don't think stible influence, his voice thrilled
you have much.” ith feeling, for he was describing “O Jack ! how can you say so ?” is own angel sister,--she who had “Well, any how, I mean that after een to him at once sister, mother, this
you shall have something-a riend, and guide.
good deal, Emily.” Jack turned and looked into “ Just as soon as we get home, I'll 'mily's face. It was tremulous with give you such a hug and a kiss," motion. But she was thinking of said Emily. “I often want to, indeed rhat Jack was to her, not of what I do." he was to Jack. Jack breathed There were not in all ChristenLard, and winked away a tear. dom two happier hearts than Jack's
The minister went on, saying, and Emily's as they sat down that "Let every one that is blessed-as day to their meagre dinner. They who is not ?—with loving and being made merry over it, calling each loved
, see to it that he appreciates potato and slice of bread or meat he blessing; cherishing it as a price- by some fine-sounding name, till ess treasure, ever trying to grow Emily declared that beef would not more worthy of it. Break through have given half the pleasure that the the barriers of cold reserve and self- cold mutton had.
Love and be loved “No thanks to Mrs. Hall or Old rankly, generously, joyously-every Skinflint,” said Jack. lay singing a new song of praise to “No, indeed," said Emily. "Still, God, in that
love one another." I am sure they didn't think; and When service was ended, and the when the money does come, it will brother and sister were in the street, make another Christmas." Jack seized Emily's hand and drew “I feel,” said Jack,“ as though all
our days should be Christmas-days, "We did learn that we have some- because we love each other.”
it through his arm.
« WALKING WITH GOD."
BY THE REV. JAMES FOSTER.
" And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”—Gen. v. 24. In the study of antiquity there is something very attractive to the human mind. We naturally look with veneration on the relics of
and allow ourselves to array the tales of ancient times in the fair and softened colours of imagination. By the long distance of intervening ages, the harsher features of the society and manners of olden times are mitigated, and fancy
invests with its russet light the virtuer and excellences of the mighty dead. Hence it is that the ivymantled ruin, the moss-grown sepulchre, the
shattered column, the old deserted monastic pile, the forsaken roofless temple and hoary pyramid, possess such a charm above the more recent architecture of
From this too (as well as other reasons) so high a value is set on the remains of the literature of the past.
These remarks will apply in all their force to the Bible. Beyond dispute it is the most ancient book in existence, and in addition to its containing“words whereby we may be saved,” it possesses high intrinsic value as being the most authentic record of the remotest ages of the world. The only reason that can be assigned for the neglect it has suffered is that it is God's book, and therefore unacceptable to thal “carnal mind which is enmity against him.” Were it not on accoun of this opposing principle in man's heart, it would be universally lauded for the greatness of its antiquity, the richness of its contents, and the light it sheds on the history of the world.
The Book of Genesis contains sketches of biography of inimitable simplicity, variety, and worth. The history of the patriarchs as there depicted is especially replete with beauty, truth, and instruction, Amongst those“ elders who by faith obtained a good report,” Enoch stands pre-eminent for his attainments in piety. Of all those early lights of primitive days he shone with the most conspicuous and steady lustre, and when he set, it was in a flood of glory. The inspired his torian, however, does not dilate upon his excellences, but with wonderful condensation of thought, combined with equal beauty and force o expression, says, “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him."
We have no incidents recorded of him fraught with historic interest. The religious complexion of his life is mainly delineated, the testimony to character rather than the relation of secular events. To that there fore we must especially bend our attention; noticing, however,
I. That Enoch's life appears to have been one of EMINENT TRANQUILLITY The phrase "walking" conveys the idea of quietness. Probably like the rest of the patriarchs he led a peaceful rural life, tending his flock or cultivating the soil, shunning at the same time adventuresom publicity. The excitement of public life is inimical to habits of piety The strife of worldly business, the tumult of the ambitious, the eage restlessness of the speculator, the turmoil of politics, are unfriendly to religion. It is true we can carry religion into all the active scene of life, and whilst “not slothful in business " máy be “ fervent in spiri serving the Lord ;" yet dwelling in such scenes forms an element uncongenial to “ growth in grace.” Although so long as we are in this world we must mingle with worldly men, yet there is nothing in com mixture with them or their all-engrossing pursuits to nourish piety, i the soul. And when such scenes and companions are sought by th believer from choice, they become replete with the shares of deat! No man who voluntarily walks much with the world can walk muc with God, “for friendship with the world is enmity with God. On the other hand, the believer who seeks to "lead a quiet and peace able life in all godliness and honesty,” is the man who is most likel to hold very intimate communion with his God. The quiet deep valle will nourish sweet flowers that can never bloom on the summit of the storm-swept mountain. So in the secluded quiet and obscure walk of society the most eminent Christians are generally found. Thi
saceful, unobtrusive, unworldly mode of life appears to have been that irsued by Enoch from the little worldly incident that is recorded of im, and hence we may trace in some measure the spring of his eminent iety. II. Enoch lived in INTIMATE COMMUNION WITH God. He" walked vith God.” Walking with another implies the idea of communion, nd, when constantly maintained, of endeared friendship, for “how can wo walk together except they bo agreed ?” Thus like Abraham
" the friend of God.' In those early times Jehovah was accustomed to manifest Himself o His servants in à diversity of ways. Sometimes an audible voice old that God was near.
Sometimes in the dreams and visions of the night the unveiling of His presence was beheld. Sometimes a visible form as "the Angel of the Covenant," or a token of His glory, as the flaming bush in Horeb, indicated the approach of the heavenly Majesty. There can be little doubt that Enoch by such sensible indications of the Divine presence held communion with Jehovah. But we must suppose that his sweetest intercourse with God arose from an abiding spiritual perception of His presence, -- from an overflowing sense of His love and beneficence--from deep humility and increasing faith,-from progressive holiness of soul,-from enlarged views of the intentions of God to man, gathered from direct revelations on the part of God, --- from bright prospects of the final and full enjoyment of God in a better world. What sweet seasons of soul refreshment in this world of darkness Enoch must thus have enjoyed, who not occasionally and as á stranger drew near to God, but who lived in the very sanctuary of His presence, and dwelt " in the secret place of His pavilion!” III. Enoch's course was one of CONTINUÁL ADVANCEMENT. Walking implies progression. It is no easy matter to make constant attainments in religion. There is no difficulty in putting on the semblance of piety, but * to endure as seeing Him who is invisible,” to press
forWard unweariedly to the prize, is what requires Divine aid to accomplish. To withstand the seductions of a sinful world, the allurements of a deceitful heart, the open and subtle attacks of Satan and his emissaries; to out-brave the frown and sneer of men, and yet neither give way to discouragement nor defeát, but to acquire actual progress in grace,—is what a heedless, slothful, or self-confident spirit will never accomplish. The work is arduous. It requires striving, wrestling, praying It demands the union of divine energy with human determination “ to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.” Enoch must thus have trampled on difficulties ; must thus have followed the Lord with full purpose of heart;" must thus have
struggled with consummatë fortitude, seeing that "none of these things moved him."
IV. Enoch was honoured with HIGH MARKS OF SPIRITUAL DISTINCTION. To walk with God is a high honour. It is the bliss of angels. It is a height of dignity to which comparatively few attain. Compared with it earthly grandeur is but a vain show, and the wealth of worlds but empty dust. Where it is truly sought, the sincere inquirer says, with