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FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
SEEING GOD.- No man hath seen INDUSTRY.- Honest industry is, God at any time. And yet "he who after all, man's only sure dependence hath seen me hath seen the Father,"
said Jesus. for the double blessing of a contented mind and a comfortable livelihood.
KNOWING GOD.-If you would W18Dom.- Some men might have know God, study the character and a reputation for wisdom if they would conduct of him who was only be silent, but when they open
manifest in the flesh." their mouths their folly appears.
THE GREATEST SINNER on earth VALUE OF MONEY.-One way to
is he, who having heard the gospel know the value of money is to be offers of pardon, rejects and despises
them. punctual in paying your own debts. "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.".
Poetic Selections. What a world of philosophy there is in these few words of Paul.
TO-DAY AND TO-MORROW. TRUTH AND EBROR.--If we em- TO-DAY man lives in pleasure, wealth, and brace error, we neglect truth. We pride, cannot entertain both at one time.
To-morrow, poor, of life itself denied.
To-day, lays plans for many years to come, How TO BE DISAPPOINTED.
To-morrow, sinks into the silent tomb. Expect others to do for you what To-day, his food is dressed in dainty forms, you can do for yourself, and then To-morrow, is himself a feast for worms.
To-day, he's clad in gaudy, rich array, you will be sure to be disappointed. To-morrow, shrouded for a bed of clay.
EAT YOUR OWN BREAD. - For no To-day, he has delusive dreams of heaven, bread tastes so sweet, no clothes Tomorrow, cries, “Too late to be forgiven." feel so comfortable, and no furniture To-day, he lives on hope as light as air,
To-morrow, dies in anguish and despair. looks so nice, as that which a man works for himself.
A BLOT AND A BLANK. INDEPENDENCE.—There is a feel. That man may last—but never lives, ing of independence that is highly who much receives and nothing gives; commendable; and it says, “I will Whom none can love – whom none can
thanknot be indebted to others for what I
Creation's blot-creation's blank. have strength to work for myself.”
The darkest day will pass away.
A sunshiny morning comes without warnwill display itself.
ing. FAITA.-They who have weak faith will have more, and they who have
Something sterling, that will stay
When gold and silver pass away. any bave the promise of eternal life.
TRIALS.-We must not court He that revenges knows no rest, trials; but if they come, and we
The meek possess a peaceful breast. remain faithful, we may expect Water falling day by day, blessings.
Wears the hardest rock away. BELIEVERS in God and his Christ
A cheerful spirit gets on quick; are a peculiar people. Their very losses increase their riches.
A grumbler in the mud will stick. Satan first tempts his victims to Be on your guard, and strive, and pray, commit sin, and then accuses them
To drive all evil thoughts away. of the transgression. Be not igno
Smell sweet, and blossom from the dust. rant of his devices.
Only the actions of the just
CHILDREN COMING TO JESUS.
“Suffer the little children to come unto me." JESUS, the mighty King of heaven,
Where all the saints of God shall stand, Once came to dwell below;
Where Christ my Saviour reigns. And die that we might be forgiven,
Among the bright and happy band, And saved from endless woe.
That stand before the throne, And while he trod his lowly path,
With harps of gold in every hand With wicked, sinful men,
And praise the Lamb alone He said that all, by simple faith,
I think that many a child is there, Might come to God again.
Whom Jesus has forgiven; Among th3 crowd that round him press'd, Callid from a world of sin and care, Mothers and children came;
To live with him in heaven, They wished their children to be bless'd,
I think I hear these glorious songs, And love the Saviour's name,
Sounding like ocean's roar; Then, some who round the Saviour stood, And then I often wish and long Said, " Take these young away;
To reach that happy shore. But Jesus, ever kind and good,
To join my feeble voice with theirs', Rebuked them, saying "Nay"
To praise my Saviour King; “Suffer the little children to come unto In their sweet song to take my share, me, and forbid them not; for of such is the And help the angels sing. kingdom of God.”
And may a child so young as me, Oh then to Jesus I may go,
Have such a hope as this?
I may if I to Jesus flee,
“ Suffer the little children to oome unto Often I think of that bright land,
me, and forbij them not ; for of such is the The sweet, the heavenly plains,
kingdom of God.”
J. E. S.
WAS THIS PROVIDENCE OR CHANCE?
Now-A-DAYS we have men going about the country telling people that there is no such thing as a Divine Providence; and that, if there be a God, he takes no notice of us; and that all we have to do is to see after ourselves, for “ Science is the Providence of man.”
These men have always a great deal to say against any of the preachers of the gospel who are paid for devoting their time to religious services; and yet they themselves are picking up much more money by going about to abuse and belie religion. It is a bad sign when working-men would rather pay to hear religion abused than go for nothing to hear it recommended.
But which is right and which is wrong, the Christian or the Infidel—that is the question. The religious man does all he can to provide for himself and his family, and trusts in God's fatherly care at all times—the infidel can only do his best, let him talk about "science" as long as he may; and when he has done that he has done all. He has no refuge in God. All then with him is chance and hap-hazard. He may find help or he may not. His tempest-tossed vessel has neither compass, mast, sail, rudder, or 'anchor! Not so the christian; he is persuaded “the Lord will provide.”
The other day we received some extracts of two letters from Upper Canada, which illustrate what we have just said. They are dated, Indian village, Chemong Lake, November 30, 1843, and May 21, 1844.
“MY DEAR BROTHER, -I purposed when I last wrote, to be a more attentive correspondent, but circumstances of a painful nature have prevented me; some of the particulars of which, as displaying a gracious and particular Providence, I will relate, in order to give God all the glory.
Soon after my last was written, I was seized with the pleurisy, attended with fever and ague; and my dear wife, at the same time, was brought down so low with the fever and ague, that she appeared like a skeleton. Some of the children were also ill with the same complaint. In consequence of
my illness, I was not able to attend to my crops, so that they were all destroyed or spoilt. This was in the autumn of 1841. When the winter set in, we all began to get better, and soon
WAS THIS PROVIDENCE OR CHANCE ?
recovered, struggling through a Canadian winter the best way we could. But the following summer we were again visited with sorer trials. I was again attacked with fever and ague, which terminated in typhus fever; after which I was seized with inflammation of the bowels, when I did not expect to survive, but was entirely resigned, “knowing that we have in heaven a better and enduring substance.'
My dear wife was confined with a daughter at the same time, and all our children except Elizabeth, (the eldest, twelve years old) down with the fever and ague, and no one else to do anything for us. You
may suppose we were in a distressed state, especially when there was no 'oil in the cruse,' and the
barrel was empty. Our crops were again destroyed by breachy cattle and hogs; our wheat was struck with the rust, and entirely spoilt; and again we had nothing to look forward to, but a dreary winter, and no provision. We fell behind with our rent, and our landlord seized for it, and we were under the necessity of giving up the farm, in order to settle with him. But enough of this dark catalogue, though I have only given you the outlines.
Under these fiery trials, we can say, the Lord was with us, and we were wonderfully supported by Divine grace. Many of the 'exceeding great and precious promises' were a cordial to the soul. We enjoyed a lively faith, and could say, 'It is well.' We had to learn to trust in a naked promise, when no possible means of help appeared ; and we had such a view of the PROMISER, his faithfulness to perform, his wisdom to guide, his power to protect, and his love to provide, as completely silenced all murmuring and discontent. I need not say such accumulated trials needed a corresponding supply of grace. Such supplies were granted in answer to prayer; and we experienced joy and peace in believing,' such as we never enjoyed before. We have also met with many interpositions of Providence, as so many props to our faith; some of them almost as remarkable as the prophet Elijah being fed by ravens. I will relate some of them.
One day after we had spent all that we had for medicine, and nothing left in the house but potatoes, our cat caught a wild rabbit, and brought it to the door, and stood still while my wife took it from her. Of course we were much struck with the circumstance, and being ill at the time, it came very acceptably.
WAS THIS PROVIDENCE OR CHANCE ?
Another time, a person returning from market, called to light his pipe, and inquiring after our health, my dear wife told him that I was very ill in bed. He made answer, if the mainstay is laid up, we must be in want. He went away a few steps, and then came back, and put a dollar into my wife's hand, saying that would do for the present, and he would send us a little flour, I was engaged at the time wrestling with God in prayer, not knowing anything about it, when my dear wife came to me with tears in her eyes, saying, 'Here is some help,' showing me the dollar; for we had eaten the last meal that was in the house, and did not know what to do but to pray. I thought on Dan. ix. 23. What makes it the more remarkable is, that we had no particular acquaintance with the person, and he knew nothing of our circumstances, to induce him to act thus kindly. Where is the infidel who would say this is all chance?
Another circumstance I will relate, which will show how the Lord often overrules disappointments, and makes them work together for good. One of our members, Mrs. H., had made arrangements with a brother to go to meeting in his wagon. She accordingly got ready at the time, but it happened this brother started half-an-hour earlier than usual, and she was disappointed of her ride to meeting, and it was too far to walk. While the old lady was in trouble at her disappointment, it came into her mind, all at once, she said, about our being sick; and she drew the conclusion we must be in needy cir. cumstances. She mentioned it therefore to her husband and son, and to one or two of her neighbours who were present; when one said, If I thought they would not be offended, I would send them a loaf or two of bread;' and another said the same; so they packed up a variety of articles of food, and the old lady, with her son, came with them in the waggon, (about four miles) the same afternoon, it being Sunday. This supply also came very opportunely as we had scarcely anything in the house, and no means of obtaining any; and I was very ill at the time. This Mrs. H. is a very pious woman, and she has taken a great interest in our welfare, while in affliction. They are living on a rented farm, and but in middling circumstances, but they have done to the utmost of their power in assisting
She also took the trouble to make our case known to a few christian friends in Toronto, and obtained considerable help from them. I trust these supplies were 'an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.'