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heavenly manna round about our tent, and springs of living water !
Charles looked at his sister, as she spoke, and his heart seemed to swell with the same grateful feeling of acknowledgement of the goodness and mercy of God; but he did not speak a word.
This animated burst of filial tribute from the lips of Louisa affected all that were present, and the parents, especially, involuntarily turned their eyes towards Louisa's mother.
My sister's feelings were naturally of quick sensibility, but she had been so much in the practice of bringing them into subjection to the Lord, that though her countenance showed the inward emotion of her heart, she was able to preserve a calm and quiet manner, saying,
What can be so grateful to a mother's heart, as to see the Lord graciously answering her desires, and awakening her children to a sense of spiritual blessings! What a safeguard from the temptations of the world and of sin, that they should find the Lord their portion, and their exceeding great reward?
Pray, Sir, said Old Thomas, may we look once more to the Scriptures, and take out the perfect example of a son, in Jesus, our Lord, the Son of the Father ?
That is just what I wished, Thomas.
The Lord Jesus, in his humiliation, becoming son of man, exhibited in that character, perfect obedience to father and mother, which is fully implied by that expression, He" was subject unto
them;" and so in all the full developement we see Him also as the Son of God. His delight being to do the will of the Father, Ps. xl. 8. the will of Him that sent Him! constantly referring all to the will of the Father : “ This is the will of him that sent me!” And though His undertaking our redemption was his own will also, He delighted most to call it the will of the Father. “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me." John vi. 38;
though He were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which He suffered," Heb. v. 8. and was obedient even unto death. In this we see how he was typified by Isaac, when Abraham would have offered him up, only He, far beyond the type, not only intended, but did fulfil to the full, in the infinite perfection of all obedience. " He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross !" Phil. ii. 8.
Remember, dear children, this infinitely holy character of obedience in Christ, and that what He did for our salvation, was done by Him, as in obedience to the Father. The honor and glory of the Father were made his great object, that in redeeming sinners, He might satisfy all His demands, and manifest the unchangeable perfection of all the truth and attributes of God the Father. And so He said, “ Father, I have finished the work thou gavest me to do :" “ I have glorified thee on the earth.” John xvii. 4.“ That the world may know that I love the Father ; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do." John xiv. 31.
Remember, moreover, dear children, that it is through that finished work of our redemption from sin and death, that we are brought into the privilege of entering into the paths
of holiness and peace : That through that finished work the Holy Ghost and the Father are propitiated ; and we receive the sanctifying of the Holy Spirit, through the reconciled love of the Father, as well as the cleansing and atoning blood of Jesus. Thus the provision for our obedience is made. Let us ask, as we are permitted, the Holy Spirit for our guide and support; for our heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him !
We are now about to separate ;---may this little privilege we have enjoyed be amongst those things which shall be recorded on bigh, as done in the Lord! If it has been given and received in His name, it will not be in vain. May such a blessing come down on you from the Lord of love, as to raise your hearts to Him, and by the Holy Ghost given you, make you seek that conformity to the image of Christ, which shall lead you to desire to do the will of your heavenly Father, and to glorify Him on earth, according to the measure of your grace, by delighting in His Commandments; for by this shall all men know that you love the Lord, when you keep His commandments, pressing after the attainment of the Promise.
There were now many tokens of regret, that our little meeting was at an end; but being urged by my friends to think of them often, and to become the steady spiritual superintendent of their families, I was glad to have the prospect of continued usefulness amongst them, and the permission to watch over the young disciples with constant attention. This prospect seemed also cheering to them, and we parted, commending ourselves in all our various interests to the Great Shepherd of the sheep.
Not one left me without taking my hand, and the affectionate pressure which they gave, spake many things; the expresssion was different according to the different characters, and I thought I could discern some tokens which were indicative of the purposes of the heart, that they would honor their father and their mother, that their days might be long in the earth; and that all the promises might be sought, that they should do that which is well pleasing unto the Lord, and right, and that it might go well with them.
AMELIA was born of highly respectable parents. Her father, a magistrate, was quite a man of the world; but very kind and indulgent to his dear, his only daughter. He would have rejoiced to have seen his darling Amelia at the head of fashionable parties, in which her personal beauty and accomplishments would have qualified her to shine, and sometimes he rallied her on her retired habits; yet he could not but rejoice that she was different from the frivolous votaries of fashion and folly. It was Amelia that nursed him when confined with illness; it was her cheerful smile that chased away his rising irritability ; it was she that devised for him numerous little comforts, and anticipated all his wants. There was no one, as he would often say, could wait upon him like his affectionate Amelia. These tender assiduities won a father's heart, and made him love the fruits of Amelia's religion, though he did not trace them to their roots, the pious principles of his daughter.
Amelia, like Timothy of old, was blessed with a pious mother, who, being almost constantly an invalid, had devoted herself to the instruction of her daughter. The loss of an only son, at the age of nineteen, had deeply afflicted the whole family; but, through the divine blessing, this