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My brother wishes it as much as I do," she said, “He can give you a comfortable corner in his house, Kesia, and I will find you plenty of odds and ends of work to keep you from being idle, which I know you cannot endure."

Well, well, you'll call me a foolish old woman, my dears, but I can't help crying a little still, whenever I think how kindly the offer was made, and how unexpecage was lightened of its care.

No more dread of the workhouse, no more need to fancy that there was scarcely a person upon earth who cared whether I lived or died; and this great good coming upon me, too, through a circumstance which I could not have foreseen, it all seemed so wonderful. Truly “ the lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.”

And so now you know how how it is that I come to be living here. I have spent nearly five years in this house, and very, very happy years they have been., Mrs. Fortescue is most kind and considerate to me; and as to Miss Kate, the kind young lady who teaches at your school, I need not speak to you of her, for you, all know of yourselves how good she is.

Yes, I've found a sure resting place at last, my dears, as sure a one at least as can be found on earth, for our real home is to be in heaven; and when I look around me this wintry time, and see the ground quite covered with snow, and the trees all shorn of their beautiful leaves, I cannot help thinking of the words, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of the Lord endureth for ever."

B. A. J.

CHEERFUL TRUST.

My little son (of six years old) came eagerly into the room where I sat quietly reading in my easy chair, with my feet

upon

the fender. “ Please, please,—PLEASE,". he exclaimed, as he ran up to me, please grant me a great favour." "Well, my child, what is it?” I said.

Please, please" he again began, “ may S— and I have the great picture-book out of aunt A—'s room, to look

at ?" And he stood eagerly waiting for my answer. A single moment's thought was enough to enable me to decide what that answer must be ; “No, certainly not, my child," I said, “it would not be right in me to allow it.” Was there any further entreaty, or any remonstrance on the part of my child? Was there a pouting lip, or an angry look, as much as to say, “ I am hardly dealt with ?" Did he sit down with self-pity in his little heart, and determine to do nothing, because he could not do just what he had planned and expected, and hoped to do? Or did his disappointment cause him to loiter about in discontented mood, thinking it was not his fault if he were idle or troublesome ? No: he threw his little arms round my neck with a warm embrace, gave me a sweet hearty kiss, and ran off with a loving smile upon his face, to consult with his little sister what must be their plan now, as this plan had failed.

The next Sunday, when all my little ones were assembled around me for “ Sunday lessons,” this same little six-year-old son amongst them, I gave them a little history of just these same facts that I have related above. “May you, when older," I said, quoting a little poem that some of them had learnt by heart, —"May you, when older, love as well, our Father in the Heavens !" and added, trust Him as entirely, and receive as unmurmuringly all His decisions,— all His answers to your prayers !"

I think the remembrance of this little incident may perhaps come back to them helpfully in future years, when the clouds of trial, or of bereavement, or of sickness are closing about them ; when some fond desire remains ungratified, or some earnest prayer apparently unanswered. Would that we parents might also learn from it a lesson of loving trust in our Father, and of cheerful submission to His will !

Without suffering there would be no

fortitude, no patience, no compassion, no sympathy. Take away all sorrow from life, and

you
take
away

all depth of tenderness, and nearly all opportunity for unselish self-sacrifice. Sorrow is the furnace in which selfish hearts are melted into union.

ON DRESS.

READER! you may start to see such a heading in a Magazine devoted to moral and spiritual instruction, but I think no one can glance round our Sunday-schools without feeling it is full time that this subject was openly discussed. Dress is such a trivial matter, some say;-in itself it is, but, in its influence on the moral and spiritual nature, and as an expression of that nature, it becomes an important one.

It is to you, my elder girls, especially, the following remarks are addressed, you who are now standing on the threshold of your womanhood. Few of you but would blush (I rejoice you can still blush about it) to own how much time and thought you spend secretly on dress; not time and thought only, but your hard-won earnings likewise. Now, I want you here openly to give this matter a little serious thought; openly, because there should really be no cause for shame in thinking about your clothes; it is right to think a little (a very little, for your time is needed for more important thoughts) about dress; your body is as much a gift of God's as is your soul, and we ought to strive to make the best of all His gifts. There is yet another reason why we should care for, rather than neglect the outward, (clothes, you know, are the outward covering of the body, as the body is garment of the soul). Have you ever considered how all your thoughts, even your most spiritual, have their origin in something outward and material, that is, that no idea ever is in your mind without having got there through one or other of your senses? If you reflect a little, you will see it must be so; and on this account we must be mindful of outward things, for there is no telling where their influence on the mind may cease. Do you not see how important the body's health is to the soul? If you neglect your body, what power have you of feeding your soul? When your body is diseased and weak, is your soul more vigorous and strong ? On the contrary, do you not find it far easier to be good and to do the right, when your body is strong and healthy ?

This influence of the outward on the inward is like

wise true in the less important matter of clothes ; not only inasmuch as a good garment and cleau is good for the health, and therefore good for the soul; and a bad garment and unclean, bad for the health and therefore bad for the soul,-but in its direct influence on the mind. You all know a little of this influence from the feeling of pleasure a clean new frock gives you, and the sense of discomfort in a dirty, ragged one, at least, I hope you all do; and though you may not know much of the laws of beauty, yet you know that some things that you call “ beautiful,” give you pleasure, whilst others that you call “ ugly," give you pain. It is right and good to love the beautiful ; remember what we read, that it was through the gate called beautifulthat men entered God's temple! The more beauty you can bring round your homes and daily lives, the better for you.

But, to return to our subject, I have tried to show you the true motives that should prompt a little care in your dress, feeling that it is principally because you act from such very wrong and false motives, that you err so grievously.

In the first place, you err in giving far too much time and thought to this material thing, dress, and this leads to the most serious fault of all, - you forget, in this love of finery, the insignificance and utter worthlessness of all things concerning the body compared with those of the soul, the spiritual life; your body is mortal, perishable,

a creature of to-day,”. a flower of the field, the wind passes over it and it is gone !" But your soul shall never fade

away,

it is immortal and can never die! Yet on which spend you most time and thought ?

Secondly, your aim is not to dress neatly, simply, cleanly, in the clothes best fitting your station, but how nearly you can imitate the dress of those in a higher station,—not but what you have a perfect right to dress as they do if you can afford it, but you cannot, it is impossible, whilst you have to labour for daily bread. Besides the selfishness of this foolish extravagance, leading you to prefer a new bonnet or gay ribbon to a comforter for father, or warm socks for little baby, or a book to read to mother,—there is the falseness of it, you are acting a falsehood, seeking to appear rich when you

are poor. Oh my sisters! why strive so hard to conceal your poverty? Why need you shame of it? is it a disgrace? Think, are you less noble in God's sight, being poor? What does

your
Bible

say
about the

poor man and the rich ? Is poverty an evil, even? Is not Sin the only evil we need dread and flee from in this world, ever watched and guarded by an All-Loving Father ?

Is it because you think a fine frock or grand bonnet like “my lady's” will make a lady of you, that

you

work so hard to be fine? If so, it is labour in vain! Surely you must see that clothes cannot change you, they can neither raise nor lower your nature ; if I clothe myself in a beggar's rags, I do not become a beggar. Do not seek after this ladyhood, you cannot reach it; strive rather to reach the far grander and more attainable goal, true womanhood,--grander, inasmuch as it contains the highest and best portions of the former !

Have you ever thought why it is the custom throughout the land to put on a better garment, if possible, on the Sabbath? Why do you put aside the soiled toilworn clothes ? Is it merely because there is no work to do? I much fear that any higher motive, if once known, is now lost sight of. It was from a deep sense of reverence for the Sabbath and the sacredness of the House of Prayer, that man first put aside his work-day clothes and rayed himself in his best. The best dinner, as well as the best coat, was reserved for the Sabbathday; man sought to enjoy its great blessedness in the material as well as in the spiritual, in body as in soul, Likewise it was a kind of symbol of the putting away of work-day thoughts; it was an outward purification significant of the inward ; outwardly pure, he felt more fit to bring his mortal presence into God's House, and commune in spirit with the Most High ; not that actually he was nigher unto Him in his Sunday clothesmind that; God grant we may never leave our prayers only for our best clothes and the Sabbath-day!

These outward forms are valuable and acceptable, only as long as they are the expression of a good and pure thought. Remember, there was no striving to be fine, no unpleasant consciousness of selfishly spending the

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