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SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD,
CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF
THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD, THAT IS WISDOM."
Vol. I. No. 20.
found, by unfolding the mercy of God in Cbrist,
the beauty of holiness, and the power and excelBY THE Rev. ROBERT COWE, A. M.,
lence of divine truth, he had effectually succeeded Minister of the High Meeting, Berwick-upon- Tweed.
in captivating their affections, and rendering them PRIMITIVE Christianity was distinguished by that ardent and devoted friends. He had resolved their ingenuous simplicity of spirit that so usually and doubts, enlarged their spiritual knowledge, listened amiably marks the spring-tide of life. Full of with tender interest to the unburdened sorrows of youthful vigour, and unembarrassed by those damp- the penitent, and, by many kind words and deeds, ing calculations of worldly expediency, which so endeared himself to old and young. They had unhappily impair the quality of devotion, and re-worshipped God together in the name of their strain the flow of religious feeling, wherever they common Saviour ; their hearts had been warmed prevail, it was not ashamed to show itself in its in company by the same divine Spirit; their finest plain and native attire, or to give an honest ex- sympathies had been awakened by sweet, devopression to its sentiments and hopes. And, as tional intercourse; and how could they be unmoved the prevalence of hostile opinions did not deter the when the hour of separation arrived? They had early Christians from a frank disclosure of their lived in amity, like brethren in the Lord, and views, so the frowning aspect of ungodly habits were they to part with the cold adieu of strangers? was not sufficient to bar their performance of im- Their farewell was not of an ordinary kind, not portant duties. In this season of youthful fervour the dictate of formality, but the spontaneous effuthey were not more candid than brave; the shame sion of piety and friendship. In the of the cross was their glory; they nobly honoured parting from a spiritual benefactor, who had treated what the rest of the world despised ; Religion, them with the affection of a guardian and a father, with them, lay near the heart; and to preach, vin- directing them by his counsel, and enlarging their dicate, and practise it, they resolutely and cheer- love by his prayers, they deplored their loss, while fully encountered every danger ; their piety did they saw its necessity. When he rose to go away, not play like moonbeams on the surface of a lake, instead of exchanging the usual courtesies of farebut shone steadily through their lives, with a bril- well in their own dwellings, and allowing him to liancy emanating from the central and heaven-fed depart alone with his companions, they flocked light within. Accordingly, they entered warmly around him with every mark of gratitude and into the Lord's work, willingly lending to his fol- esteem-hushands, wives and children, were his lowers the aid of their sympathies and prayers. honourable escort from the city to the shore.
To reflect his image was the surest passport to This was a body guard that royalty might envy, a their favour ; in those days, Christians loved each tribute of true affection, a warm expression of love other because they were Christians; they saw in and regret. each other a family likeness, that drew their hearts But how did the scene close? It closed in a together, producing mutual confidence and esteem. manner worthy of the Gospel, and honourable to
Of the influence of this ingenuous and affec- Paul and the Tyrians. Their work was divine, tionate spirit, we have a beautiful and an instruc- and, ere they parted, they made a solemn and hartive illustration in the touching scene that occurred monious appeal to Almighty God, commending when Paul took leave of the Tyrian converts :- each other, and the cause they had most at heart, to “ And they all brought us on our way, with wives his fatherly care. They kneeled down on the and children, till we were out of the city, and we shore and prayed.” Under the broad canopy of kneeled down on the shore and prayed.” A resi- heaven, they prostrated themselves, with the bare dence of no more than seven days among them, ground for their cushion; and the voice of supplihad been employed with such prudence, zeal and cation, blending with the murmuring of the waves, love, as completely to win their favour. Though rose on the wings of faith to the Hearer of Prayer. faithful in the discharge of his apostolic office, They did not heed the scofis of the bystanders; correcting errors and reproving sins, wherever | God looked on and approved, and that was en
couragement enough to them. Consulting their | arise from the loose hold Religion has of our hearts? own feelings, and their sense of duty, loving the Were we thoroughly pervaded and leavened by praise of God more than the praise of men, in- divine love, it would' unostentatiously discover spired with more love to Paul, than fear of the itself in all the relations of life in which we should heathen, they were not ashamed to pray with be placed. It would season our friendship, as well him openly, as well as pray for him secretly. It as every thing else, cementing it with the warmest was a noble and spirit-stirring sight,-a sight affection, and embellishing it with the sweetness which it does the heart good to think of, and of the Christian spirit. If we are friends of the which must have soothed and ennobled those who right stamp, shall we contine our sympathy to were engaged in it. Even Paul must have been worldly interests, or bodily wants, or even mental the better of such a parting, and must have often tastes; shall we not be most anxious for wha! is reverted to the scene with a grateful and refresh- most valuable, and, while wishing our friends well, ing remembrance in after days. It was, indeed, a and contributing to their happiness in temporal rare and noble adieu, so fraught with benediction, things, shall we not enter with a lively and deep so richly seasoned with Christian love. The cross concern, into whatever pertains to their immortal triumphed more sublimely there, than ever martial souls? Though the better our friends are, the hero did on a victorious battle-field. It was not a sadder is it to be separated from them; yet is it a victory of death, but of life, love, and praise. The consolation to leave the shore on which they stand, trophies were ransomed souls and grateful hearts. waving to us their last adieu, conscious of their The shore on which they kneeled had been long benedictions, sure that, when ont of sight, we the theatre of very different exploits; the hum of shall not be out of mind, but shall be remembered merchandise bad been triumphantly heard there from the heart by them at the throne of grace. many a day; the choicest treasures of the world We deprive ourselves of much help and comfort, bad been imported there when Tyre was in her when we do not reciprocate such feelings; we reglory, " when her merchants were princes, and fuse to others, and withhold from ourselves, one her traffickers were the honourable of the earth ;" of those consolatory supports provided by the but the gayest, most enterprising, and splendid goodness of God, and are not alive to that holy sights that eye haul ever witnessed there, even in brotherhood, whose tongue knows not how to be the days of her highest grandeur, were infinitely silent, when it has the power to strengthen and surpassed by the simple and sublime scene of bless. Our prayers are a debt due to our brethren, kneeling worshippers. The most richly laden ves- which it is unjust not to pay. sel that ever sailed majestically into that port, con- But that friends often bid a long adieu to each tained nothing half so precious as the treasure of other, without any recognition of the love and guarkindly feeling and heavenly aspiration in the hearts dianship of God, is not the only ground of complaint; of that Christian circle. The wealth of no empo- it is painful to think, and deeply to be lamented, rium could rival theirs. Love and godliness were that parting scenes are sometimes debasing exhibiin triumphant exercise, uncontrolled and unabash- tions of ungodliness and dissipation. Among some ed by the adverse influence that prevailed around. persons a foolish opinion prevails that it is cold and The city, it is true, was not intoxicated with joy ; ungenerous to separate in a sober state of mind. the rich were not elated; the poor were not filled Accordingly, the maddening influence of intoxicawith admiration at the sight, but angels were ap- tion is courted as a kind of set-off to the long abproving spectators,—God bowed the heavens and sence in prospect, as if eager to take revenge on came down, and his blessing was there.
the future by large draughts of ill regulated and Parting scenes are generally of a character very boisterous merriment. How dishonourable to hudifferent from this. How many members of the man nature, how symptomatic of a depraved moral same family, how many friends endeared to each condition, to consider this a rational or pleasing other by congenial tastes, and long, affectionate mode of spending the last hours that friends may intercourse, part, with little prospect of ever meet- enjoy together on earth! Are such scenes reverting again in this world, without the most distant ed to with complacency on a death-bed, when the allusion to their eternal interests, in commending immediate prospect of eternity leads the mind to each other, in prayer, to the Preserver of Life. a more correct estimate of the value of time, and Precious hours of converse glide away, while the forces upon it the conviction of duties neglected, mind is taken up with things comparatively trifling, and privileges misimproved ? And how must it to the exclusion of those great concerns that sadden the remembrance of such a season, when should be dear to every heart. Compliments are the person whose society we last enjoyed, under sent to absent friends, but few breathe this request, these circumstances, is called to his account, “ Commend me in prayer to God.” And when a short time after his departure! Will it add to the farewell scene is over, and time for calm re- the serenity of the mind, relieve the conscience of flection enjoyed, regret is often selt and expressed rebuke, or render the recollection of that name welfor forgetting to speak of something interesting come and delightful, to think that the last time we to both parties ; but how seldom does it happen were together we tempted him to sin, and left him that this has any relation to the grave demands of | in a state in which we should tremble to die? the eternal world ? If God is not in all our | Surely such interesting and important periods of thoughts in such interesting seasons, does it not life may be spent cheerfully and happily without
being spent sinfully, by the interchange of kind compatible with due devotion to God; or fearing, at feeling, uncontaminated by the gross appendages least, that, in her own case, they might ensnare her of riotous iniquity
affections, and betray her into a neglect of her highest
interests. Such a resolution, taken on such grounds, The feelings, in the prospect of separation from those dear to us, are generally in a very susceptible did it hold out favourable promise of its constancy.
was not a good proof of the soundness of ner piety, nor state, and therefore very accessible to religious In many, necessity," as the apostle speaks, impressions. Such periods constitute favourable marry,” is the dictate of sound discretion and Christian seasons for distilling, in the feelings, the influence principle. But the absolute purpose to forego the relaof piety, hy dropping sentiments of a spiritual cha- tions of social life, from the notion that they are hurt. racter, likely to insinuate themselves into the mind. the soul, cannot be referred to the same honourable
ful or hazardous to the life and progress of religion in The melting of the heart by the overflow of the
That notion impugns the constitution of natender sympathies, is a kind of spiritual tillage, ture; it counteracts the destinations of Providence; it which, by judicious management, may be rendered distrusts or denies the provisions of grace; and as often highly conducive to the reception of the good seed as it is acted on, (we appeal to the bistory of Monaof eternal life. As the Egyptians cast their seed chism for the proof,) it corrupts or withers those affecinto the soil, while saturated with the waters of and annihilates or contracts those services of usefulness
tions which it seeks unnaturally to purify and elevate, the Nile, so should the truth be cast into the heart, which it professes to multiply and extend. In truth, while it is sostened by the springing up of those it is altogether the offspring of a romantic feeling, which fountains of emotion which God has wisely and soars above the bumble realities of man's carthly congraciously lodged within us. Advice given, warn- dition, and forgets the proper nature and sphere of duty ings uttered, allusions made at such a time, are fre- and discipline which God bas appointed to him. Like quently more memorable and efficacious than at and the purposes which it gives birth to are made
all such high-Aown feelings too, it is always short-lived, other seasons. They are affectionately retained, much oftener than they are kept, for they die away, or because they may be the last heard from the same are borne down before the power of those stronger emolips, and are bound like chains around the neck. tions which are awakened amid the changing circumSuch things approximate to the sacred character, stances of life. It was thus in the present instance.
Miss associated with the last counsels of the dying, and
kept her purpose only till a temptation the heart feels as if it would betray a delicate trust prise any one who judges of the style of her Christi
was presented to her to break it. And it will not surever to forget them. These are not opportunities anity by this specimen of it, to learn that, after her to be slighted, especially by parents, guardians, and marringe, she fell away from her Christian profession friends ; let the seal of divine truth, with the and character, and, amid her cares fort be things of this image and superscription of the King of heaven world, left off caring for the things of the Lord. Her upon it, be applied to the soul in this melted state, and her rising family, which her ambition would tain
domestic circumstances, which were rather straitened, and who knows but the likeness of God may be have maintained in a higher style of comfort than her left behind !
husband's income could afford, produced a crowd of
worldly cares, which seemed utterly to choke the good A PASTOR'S SKETCHES.
seed of divine grace in her heart, and to make her une No. II.
fruitful in the work of God. This result of her inar
ried life, though realizing sadly all her early apprehenMEMORIAL OF THE C# # * * FAMILY.
sions, must not, by any means, be considered as justiIn very many instances, especially in cities, where fre-fying them. It is, indeed, but too true, --being evinced, quent pastoral visitation is impracticable, a pastor's in- not merely by an occasional instance, but by universal ex. timacy with the families of his flock begins in the sea- perience, that in our natural hearts the tendency of sons of their distress. This circumstance, though it may every care, and of every comfort in social life, is to create much painful embarrassment in the commence- exclude God, and to fix down our thoughts and atfections ment of his intercourse with them, serves, I am per- upon the things which are seen and temporal. Even suaded, to give a deeper and more tender interest to in minds religiously disposed, which would recoil froin its growth and continuance. The seed which falls into the indulgence of grosser sins, the love of kindred, of the moistened earth finds a deeper root, and shoots up husband, or wife, or children, is very apt to usurp into greater strength and luxuriance; and in like man- an unlawful place and power in them. The amiable ner, those affections which are first awakened amid the habits which it forms, and the delightful pleasures which softening influences of affliction, take a stronger hold, it yields, procure for it an easy ascendancy, and many, and ripen into more intiinate and confiding friendship, many are the instances in which it comes to reign, to than those which spring up and are cherished only amid the exclusion of the love of God, over those who, like the lighter and less trying scenes of life.
Mrs C- entered life with the serious purpose of It was in the day of their deep aftliction that I first consecrating it to his service. But this is not the nebecame acquainted with the interesting family, whose cessary consequence of the social condition. On the memorial I am now briefly to record. Mrs C
contrary, that condition affords the finest scope for the the widowed head of this family, had been in her early exercise of the best affections, and for habits of most youth, as she told me, very religious," '-at least, she eminent usefulness to the Church and the world ; and was the subject of very strong and ardent religious im- there are many who, under the guidance and blessing pressions, and, under their influence, continued for a of God's Spirit, signally improve these advantages. The time in the diligent and delighted observance of her opposite result proceeds from sinful neglect of their Christian duty. So inviting did God's service then duty, and their resources. They cease to watch and appear to her, that she gave herself to it, as not only to pray that they enter not into temptation. They thus the chief, but the sole employment of her life. That forfeit that promised grace, without which, every scene nothing might distract or diminish her attention to it, and circumstance of life is, to our fallen nature, fraught she formed a solemn resolution that she would never with the power of ensnaring and corrupting us; and marry,-judging that the cares of domestic life were in- | hence obey their downward earthly tendencies, and settle
their hearts on those worldly delights, which were in- him already in the last stage of consumption_his voice tended to raise them in grateful devotion towards their gone, and his strength so feeble, that he was quite une bounteous and blessed Author.
able to bear the fatigue of conversing with me. It was, While, from this cause, Mrs C- was rapidly therefore, impossible to learn from him much of his backsliding from God, and growing into the habits and views and feelings in the prospect of approaching spirit of a mere worldling, her husband was taken death,—a disadvantage under which a minister is often away from her with a stroke. He held the office of a made to grieve, when called too late to the sick or tide-waiter at Leith, and, while on duty, he was killed dying beds of his people. All that was left to me, was by a blow from a cable, and carried home to his widow to declare unto him the Gospel, and to join in prayer a corpse. This sore and sudden bereavement, it might to God with him and his afflicted friends. And though have been thought, would have recalled her, and led I could know very little of his state of mind, yet, from her to return to her “ First Husband.” But its only his eager and interested attention to the truth, I was, effect was, to give greater intenseness and concentra- and am, disposed to indulge the hope, that he was tion to her worldliness. Her affections were now fixed vitally interested in the salvation of the Gospel. It with undivided regard on her three fatherless children, was, I think, on returning a third time to visit him, and her sole object was to support and educate them. that I found him removed beyond the reach of all miThis, in all circumstances an anxious and arduous nisterial or Christian attentions. His mother and his charge, was, in her state of mind and circumstances, sister were sunk in sorrow; yet there was very much made doubly burdensome. She was an ambitious as in their spirit and demeanour, which left the impression well as an affectionate mother. Not satisfied that her upon my mind, that they sorrowed as became Chris. children should have necessaries, she aspired to have tians. At the funeral of this widow's son, a relation them all genteelly clothed and well educated. But her of the family asked what I thought of his religious husband had left her in utter poverty. His relations, state ; and I well remember, that on my expressing a who seem to have been offended by her uppishness, favourable hope, so far as I had seen, he expressed suroffered her no assistance, and she was too proud to ask prise and incredulity, adding, “I could not have thought it; and, with only her own industry to supply the so, for his mother and the whole family are still in a means, it may easily be conceived what a night she state of nature.” Though far from admiring this harsh must have endured in carrying into accomplishment this and unfeeling judgment, yet, aware how closely the object of her heart's desire. This tight, which was not language of sadness is allied to the language of serious.
the fight of faith," but rather what Boston would call ness, and how many speak, and perhaps feel, religious. a “ faithless fight,” was all the more grievous that she ly in their affliction, whose language and conduct in maintained it alone. Had she sought to cast her bur- their prosperity bear no evidence of picty, I was, perden upon the Lord, he would, according to his pro- | haps, led by it, in some degree, to distrust my own mise, have sustained it. But alas ! she was either be- more favourable opinion of the religion of the fainily. come too ungodly to seek to him at all, as the husband In less than a year after, the threatening of a reof the widow, or, from the consciousness of her un- newed stroke gave me occasion to resume my visits to worthy and dishonouring apostacy, could not confide them. The youngest daughter was now sinking under in his grace and compassion toward her. She was left, the same ruthless disease which shortly before bad cut therefore, to struggle on with her difficulties in the off her brother. The hectic cheek,-the short burried strength of her own love and pride, and severe indeed breathing,—the profuse wasting perspiration, were all was her struggle. Many was the day, I may say the the too sure tokens that she had not long to live. As year,” said she, “ during which I suffered hunger and yet, however, the disease had not made the same prenakedness, that my children might want nothing, and gress in her as in her brother, wben first I was called appear respectable among other children."
to attend him. She was still able to read and to conWhen I first became acquainted with her, she had verse, and to apply her mind profitably to the concerns got over the hardships which she had endured in bring- of her eternal peace. I found her at first very timid ing up her family. Her son (the youngest, if I mis- and reserved. Indeed I cannot say that she ever betake not,) was so far advanced, as to have entered on came much otherwise, but I soon saw and heard enough an office in the Customs, which his mother had got for to satisfy me, that in pronouncing them all to be “in a him through the kindness of Mr O- who remen- state of nature,” her relation, in so far as she was conbered her husband, and felt a humane interest in his cerned, was as wide from truth as from charity. For family. The youngest daughter lived at home with several years before this time, as I learned, she had her mother, and, I believe, supported herself by her been brought to a deep concern about her salvation, unindustry. And the eldest had been, for a considerable der the ministry of a man, who had never been reputed time, in an honourable family, in the situation of go- to be careful about his own-a mysterious yet instruc
According to the worldly way of reckon- tive fact, which may well awaken, even in those ministers ing, therefore, it might have been supposed that her who may have been honoured in converting sinners, a toils and cares were at an end, and that the time was salutary jealousy over themselves, inasınuch as their come when she was to reap her recompense in the re- being made use of to convert others does not argue their quitals of her grateful and prosperous children. How own conversion, nor hinder that, after all, themselves far her heart yielded itself to this illusive promise I may be cast away! Over this man's death shie mourned cannot tell, though, I believe, it is not possible for any like a dove, as her mother expressed it, as for a spiritual mere worldly heart to resist its power. But a sore ex- father. The work of grace thus begun in her, advanced perience of its illusiveness soon awaited her. It seemed steadily in her soul. During her protracted illness, and in to have been said to her, as to backsliding Israel, “ Be. the full anticipation of her latter end, she enjoyed a cause thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, blessed peace; and died in the humble hope, and I doubt and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, not, passed into the full enjoyment of the great salvatio'. therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants ; in the day This renewed bereavement lay heavy on the spirits, and shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning the long and anxious waiting, which preceded it, bere shall thou make thy seed to flourish; but the harvest hard on the bodily health of the afflicted mother. There shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate were visible in her countenance the lines of diep and sorrow."
settled sadness. And though nothing at the time escaped Her son had been only a few months in his office her which betrayed a want of Religion, there was eviwhen he lost his health. My first visit to the house dently an embarrassment and restraint, which prevented was on being called by his sister to see him. I found all cordial response to the lessons of divine truth and all
cordial sympathy with the language of Christian con- ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidsolation. Soon after her daughter's death, she removed ings.” Yet, when all is known, it gives no countenance to the country, with the view of recruiting her exhaust- or encouragement to presumptuous backsliding, for with ed strength, and reviving her depressed spirits. On her joy in God, through whom she had received the her return to her own house, after an interval of about reconciliation, was blended a sense of shame and selfeight months, it was evident, at a glance, that she had reproach, under which she continued to mourn bitterly, not found what she sought from her country residence. even to the last. The seeds of disease, which had ripened more rapidly When no longer able to assist herself, her only surin her children, had been lurking in her own constitu- viving daughter, who had for some years filled the situation, and care and sorrow seemed now to be hastening on tion of governess in a family, not far from Edinburgh, their maturity. She was evidently consumptive. A great came home to wait upon her dying mother. Of the bechange was visible in the state of her mind. She had ginning of this young person's spiritual history I have no not lost her dejection, but she had laid aside her reserve. information; this, however, I know, that she was emiIt was at this time that she gave me all the particulars nently pious, and, I believe, was made singularly useful of her early history, which I have already detailed ; and in infusing her Christianity into the hearts of her pupils. the circumstance which gave her freedom to disclose It may well be imagined, therefore, that she proved a it, was, I doubt not, the gracious experience by which great comfort to her Christian parent, in the last days of the sequel was distinguished. When left alone, be- her life. These were considerably protracted; the disreaved of her children, her comfort and her pride, and ease, under which she was dying, being generally more brought to reflect on all ner afflictions, on their cause, tardy in its progress in aged than in younger patients. and their design, the sin of her backsliding came to her As Mrs C-- had few friends, and was almost a stranremembrance. The light which had been long excluded ger in the neighbourhood, her daughter sent for me early from her mind again found entrance; and her sin in hav. on the morning of the Sabbath on which she died, to be ing so long “ forsaken the fountain of living waters, with her in her last moments. The scene was deeply affectand in hewing out for herself broken cisterns which ing. When told, a short time before, that her end was could hold no water," appeared to her in so strong a near, that she could not survive above a few hours, she light that astonishment and terror seized upon her; and replied, “ Is it possible that there are only three hours for months, like many an awakened backslider, she was between me and glory? Blessed be God.” With these hardly preserved from sinking into despair. At last, words she ceased to speak, and about two o'clock she however, she was made to know that God was waiting expired, leaving her daughter the sole survivor of all to be gracious. After a dreadful conflict she found her the family, an orphan and fatherless, in the world. way, under the guidance of the Spirit of Grace, to the For a few months Miss C- lived the lonely inhabitpeace of reconciliation through the blood of the cross ; ant of her mother's dwelling. But, by and by, her health and I well remember, with what deep emotion she ac- also began to droop. From a kind consideration of her cirknowledged the way by which the Lord had led her, cumstances, she was invited to the country, on a visit saying to me, “the getting of my family, Sir, came be- to the family in which she had spent the days of her tween me and God, and I now see that he has taken health and usefulness; and there, she so far recovered them away from me again, that he might bring me back strength as to undertake the education of a family of to himself.” This is no peculiar experience. A simi- motherless children in Edinburgh. Her Christian characlar discipline is common to man, and the effect of it, in ter and usefulness formed her sole recommendation to the present instance, may help those who are now sub- this important charge ; but she had not well entered on jected to its experience, to know what is its design, in its duties, when the same dreadful disease which had cut
It is altogether the dictate of natural feeloff the rest of her family, seized upon her frame, and ings, when affliction visits us, when adverse provi- | in a very little time, brought her down to the grave. I dence cuts off our resources or removes our comforts, had not an opportunity of seeing her often during to say “ all these things are against us." In one view her illness, and have nothing to record of her death they are against us: if man were only flesh and blood, beyond the simple, but all-satisfying fact, that she and his whole interests confined to earth and time, it died in the faith of that Saviour, whom, while she lived, would be impossible, perhaps, to reconcile such experi- she loved and honoured. ence with our real good, or with the love and favour of The whole family is extinct. Death began and comour heavenly Father. But, let it once be considered pleted his triumph over them, in the space of less than that man is spirit as well as flesh, that he is destined to three years. But they have exchanged their place on live for ever, and that God, as the father of our spirits, earth, we trust, for a place in heaven, where she who once takes chiefest care of our spiritual and eternal welfare, felt herself sorely bereaved, and counted her pain, and and, straight way, the most adverse events in life as- care, and toil, all cruelly frustrated, appears before the sume a new and more attractive aspect. They are seen throne, saying, in devout, and grateful, and rejoicing adto be what this afflicted widow lived to feel and ac- miration of the providence and grace of her God and knowledge, the irksome, yet the needed discipline by Saviour, “ Behold I and the children thou hast given which the soul is cured of its ungodliness, and the purposes of God's fatherly care most effectually accomplished, in its recovery to himself an experience which A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE carries with it the strongest argument for meek sub
ISLE OF LEWIS. mission to all sufferings, and suggests the most profitable and precious use to which every sufferer should In our last number we made an interesting extract from ever labour to apply them.
a work entitled “ History of Revivals of Religion in the From this time Mrs C- made visible and
British Isles,” published by Oliphant and Son, Edinrapid growth in the spiritual life. But her bodily health
burgh. From the same source we are enabled to precontinued to decline. So long as she was at all able to move about, she lived in unrelieved loneliness, “ a
sent our readers with the following narrative, which widow indeed, and desolate, and continuing," I believe,
cannot fail to be read with thrilling interest by every “ in supplications and in prayers night and day.” Her reflecting person. good hope, through grace, seemed almost daily to gather “The Rev. Alex. M‘Leod commenced his exertions as strength. In this respect her experience forms a blessed minister of Uig in 1824. The people attended public encouragement to the penitent backslider, for it testifies worship tolerably well from the time of his admission; of God's faithfulness to bis gracious promise, “ Return, but he describes his painful conviction that the fixed