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read the bible, about twenty families have been | and to say to us in the dark hour of sorrow, "Be led to leave their churches and constitute them- of good cheer : it is I : be not afraid." This still selves into a protestant community, now recog- small voice we shall not fail to hear, if we pray nized and protected by government as such. This to God to be our support, in the heat of the battle step was premature, and I do not wish to convey of life, when we are wrestling with our sins and the idea that those protestants are really converted infirmities, or bearing the burden of unexpected persons. The rev. Mr. Bowen, of the Church misfortunes, or sinking under the torture of lingerMissionary Society, has spent some months this ing and ever renewing disease. It is not expected summer in Nazareth, and finds that there is a of us not to feel our adversity: we are not to cast great mixture of pure and spurious motives at off thought of it, and act with indifference, nor work among them; but yet lie is convinced that seek to drown the sensation of pain, to forget there are individuals who really seek the saving our grief by any but the means prescribed by God: truth, and, at any rate, there is a good opportu- we are allowed to be fully aware of the pressure nity for preaching the gospel in Galilee. of affliction : "no chastening for the present
When I wrote last year, Mr. Schwartz, whom seemeth to be joyous, but grievous ; nevertheless I had sent as lay missionary to the Druses, was in afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of good spirits, and had great liberty to preach righteousness unto them that are exercised there. Cbrist to tbat deladed people. But soon after, | by” (Heb. xii. 11). the leaders began to prevent his having so much The end in view ever must be to be drawn intercourse with the people; so that of late, though nearer to God by all we suffer. they were still polite with hiin, le could do but David frequently speaks of the uses of affliction. little for their good. But among the Christians“ Before I was afficted I went astray ; but now and Jews of the neighbouring Deir Elkamer, have I kept thv word. It is good for me that I there is much stir and sceking after the truth. have been afflicted, that I might learn thy However, I have desired Mr. Schwartz to come statutes." and spend next winter at Nazareth, and Nablous, See what comfort he derived from the same to labour with the rev. Mr. Klein, nntil the lat- source in all his sorrows. “This is my comfort ter is better acquainted with the language and in affiction ; for thy word hath quickened me. character of the people.
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of Finally, beloved brethren, I thank all those of my pilgrimage.” How anxiously he runs to you who have hitherto helped and supported us, this fountain of consolation : “My soul cleaveth by your prayers, your advice, and your money, unto the dust : quicken thou me according to thy to carry on the work intrusted to us, especially word. My soul' melteth for heaviness : quicken the London Society for Promoting Christianity thou me according to thy word.” amongst the Jews, and the Church Missionary Thus on all occasions he flew to the promises, to Society. The first for their pecuniary aid in the word of God : on all occasions of trouble he favour of the diocesan school, and the deaconesses, sought and prayed earnestly for the Holy Spirit, and for many refreshing tokens of Christian affec- thai God the Comforter would come to him, and tion and confidence; and the last for their con- take up his abode in his heart. Strength and tinued good will towards their former missionary, sanctification he derived from his afflictions : he and for sending labourers into this (I hope I may was exercised by his chastening. He looked upon say) harvest.
such visitations as messengers of love, as proofs of And compcndiug myself and fellow-labourers, God's watchful care over him. both lay and clerical, together with all the sub- There is no other method by which we can soften jects mentioned above, to your intercessory pray- our sorrows, by which we can obtain help in time ers, I remain your humble servant and brother, of need, than by drawing near to God through
S. ANGL. HIEROSOL. Jesus Christ. Jerusalem, Oct. 30th, 1851.
Jesus not only suffered the intense anguish that we deserve for our sins: he not only paid the penalty for us, was our surety that the whole
debt we owe to divine justice should be disSANCTIFIED SORROW*.
charged, but was also our example, that we should
follow his straps. We are desired to look to him, If we duly examine our past lives, we shall doubt the author and finisher of our faith, who, for less see that most of the sweetest and purest feel the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, ings of our hearts have been experienced either in despising the shame, and is set down at the right the midst of our grief or as an effect of it. hand of the throne of God. For consider him that
We must all confess, that the loudest peal of endured such contradiction of sinners against himlaughter in a moment of worldly enjoyment can- self, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. not be compared to the satisfaction, the glow in Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving our hearts, excited by the smile of our heavenly against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortaFather, when he is pleased to strengthen our faith, tion which speaketh unto you as unto children,
• From “ The Impregnable Fortress ;" by Jane Kennedy. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Bath : Binus and Goodwin. We have received several tracts Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; by the same author, viz., “The Beautiful Garment;" "The for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and in freighted with Happiness ;" * The Cup of Misery and the endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with Bag of Treasure; ".. The strong Bridle ;” “The Barque that scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye "The Two-fold Cord;" " Crystal Thoughts." They appear sons; for what son is he whom the Father to us to be simply and scripturally written and we think may chasteneth not?” (Heb. xii. 2-7). profitably be distributed. -Ed.
I believe it is not possible for us to have any de
gree of affliction of mind, body, or estate, without other means can procure wholesome food to our finding a parallel in scripture, by which we may souls ; and to endeavour to seek for ourselves suf. know how to conduct ourselves under it. ferings and atonement for sin otherwise than what
Jesus was wonderfully condescending to our God appoints is indeed a show of wisdom in will. weakness and infirmities, by suffering similarly : worship and humility; but it is destruction, not “He was likewise tempted in all points like as safety, to our souls. we are” (Heb. iv. 15). How much he had to Bearing affliction well is not an easy task; and, bear from ill-will and ill-temper and misconstruc. were we left to ourselves, we should always retion of his righteous deeds !
pine, and try to withdraw our shoulder from the W ben he was sociable and hospitable, he was burden : we are apt to think ourselves more seaccused of being “a wine-bibber and a glutton." verely afflicted than any one ever was, and, When he cured diseases, and cast out evil spirits, whatever the trial, we usually imagine almost any they asserted he had a devil.”. And, finding no other would be easier to bear. belief amongst his kindred and the associates of his youth, he left them to carry the glad tidings love of God. Who is there that would exchange
See, however, the wisdom, the power, and the of his doctrine to others. How beautiful is the account of his sympathy, change possible? None.
himself for any other individual, were the ex. with his friends Mary and Martha at the tomb of Lazarus. “Jesus wept.” It has been remarked
We would take the wealth of one, the sanctity that this is the shortest verse in the bible; but of another, the strength of a third, the mind of a what volume could tell us more of the compassion, fourth, and make up for ourselves what apparently the love, and the condescension of the blessed Son would be a perfect position in life ; but to every of God? He permits us to pray for a removal human being a peculiarity is allotted, which would of the threatened evil. Did he not thrice in his prevent us from wishing to be wholly that one; agony implore God to remove the cup of intense is given, that we may be pleased with being our.
whilst to each of us the inward feeling of self-love anguish he was called upon to drink? and yet with what perfect resignation to his Father's will. selves and no other. So may we pray; and so, if God deny our request,
Since, therefore, even if we had the choice, we must we submit to his will.
should not be other than we are, would it not be How
prone we are to despair! Even the most for our happiness studiously to seek out how we bitter of all trials Jesus endured for our sakes. may best pass our time to the glory of God, the What cry was ever so despairing as his on the good of our fellow-creatures, and the furtherance cross, "My God! my God! why hast thou for- of our own salvation in our individual situation ? saken me?"
A sick bed-indeed every state of sorrow and Every wiere has Christ trodden the woeful, affliction-furnishes many opportunities for the. dreary path of sorrow for us : and what is the end practice of the most lovely virtues-resignation, of such sorrow? “If we suffer, we shall also patience, content, faith, love, gratitude, humility, reign with him” (2 Tim. ii. 12).
sweet-temper: none are called so prominently What a glorious termination to our life! Which forward by prosperity; and our submission to the of us would prefer an existence of selfish enjoy- will of God, enduring unmurmuringly, whatever ment, free from the burden of our own and of the he appoints, is infinitely calculated to do good to affliction of others, which would shut us out of all around us, and to bring the blessings abunthe kingdom of God, to a life of trial, which is to dantly on and bring us to be like him, and, dying to ourselves An evil temper corrodes even the greatest feliand to sin on this side of the grave, to place us city, and a prosperous man is so often a prey to with him as kings and priests for ever?
selfishness, vanity, and self-will, that it is eviWe cannot, we do not hesitate. But think not dently in mercy God sends a chastening rod : our that I would lead you to find and make sorrows earthly, grovelling, evil passions are beaten out and trials for yourselves : “Sufficient unto the of us ; anıl then God comes with his staff; and, day is the evil thereof :" let us leave the ordering leaning on it, we are guided to all that is really of events to perfect wisdom and perfect love. good and pleasing in our inward life. God will send us a sufficiency of sorrow and sick- Let us, then, take care to let patience have lier ness : we are not to make merits by imaginary perfect work, and to let us glory in tribulation, good works of our own: we are not to practice “ knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and austerities but when there is a necessity laid upon patience experience, and experience hope ; and us by our Father, who will chastise and chasten hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of us in the only fitting measure: he knows what God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy are, in fact, trials for us : we should be putting a Ghost which is given unto us." yoke upon our own shoulders which can in no “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? wise belp us to walk in the paths of righteousness, shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or whilst the yoke of Christ is casy, and his burden famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ? As it is light; ond St. Paul warns us, very solemnly, is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day not to rely on forms and ceremonies, not to allow long : we are accounted as sheep for the slanghany man to beguile us of our reward in a volun- ter. Nay, in all these things we are more than tary humility, vainly intruding into those things conquerors through him that loved us. For I am which we have not seen, worshipping angels, persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, and not holding the head (wbich is Christ); for nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present it is only through him the body can receive nou- nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anrishment in all the joints and bands, knit together, other creature shall be able
to separate us from the and increasing with the increase of God. Nó love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Goodwin. Here is a very interesting account of a band Christian family subjected to unlooked-for misfor
tunes, and of the way in which they found trial sanctified. For true it is that in the midst of tribulation the believer can find peace and blessing. We are inforined that the events narrated are strictly true, such alteration of names and circumstances only being made as to prevent the individuals from being recognized. Interwoven with the main story is the account of a young clergyman who was induced to adopt what are generally called Tractarian views; and some discussions are given betwixt him and the college friend who guides him.
In love, that "strong as death” can still
Submissive bow to heaven's decree, And uncomplaining own the will
Of God, her only rule to be.
In silent fortitude to bear
The thousand ills 'tis hers to know; In tenderest sympathy to share
With sorrow's heritage below. Self-sacrificing in her zeal ;
For misery's child the ready tear; Beside the sufferer's couch to kneel,
And point to heaven's bright haven near. Along the stream of far-off time
Have woman's deeds a brightness cast, And in the book of truth sublime
Her record lives while time shall last.
It was her step that, watching nigh,
Followed the ark on Nile's deep wave; It was her ear that heard the cry,
And yearn'd to succour and to save. 'Twas hers to see death's shadow lie
Where all her heart's affections dwell; Yet in submission still to cry,
Before the prophet, “ All is well" !
And Ruth, with yet the widow's tear
Undried upon her youthful face, Left home and country, all things dear,
The lone bereaved one's way to trace.
Within the temple's gorgeous shade
Her unregarded footsteps fall; How meekly was that offering made !
But, “she hath given more than all."
O Magdalen, thy sorrow flows
As contrite sinners only weep; And he, thy pitying Saviour, knows
How true thy penitence, how deep!
To the Deliverer humbly cried,
“ Hadst thou been bere he had not died."
When noon itself was veil'd in night,
And the pale strangers from the tomb Beneath that wan unearthly light
“Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible, abridged, modernized, and re-edited, according to the most recent biblical Researches;" by T. A. Buckley, B.A. London : Routledge and Co. 1851. This seems a very useful work, comprising in short compass most of what was valuable in Calmet. It has been the object of the editor, he tells us, to free the dictionary from the objectionable matter which previous editors had introduced, and to “ warn the reader against the dangers of rationalism, to show that there is in divine things a period where the intellect of man must and should stop, and that the reasons for many things are to be sought only in the uniform purpose of the Deity working out man's salvation.” We think that he has succeeded in his purpose.
“The Jesuit Priest in the Family, the Church, and the Parish : in Reply to a Letter by W. H. Anderdon, sometime Vicar of St. Margaret's, Leicester, now Priest of Rome;" by a Layman. London: Houlston and Stoneman. 1852. This is an elaborate work; but we doubt whether the “ Layman” has all the information on the popish controversy which would qualify him to speak at all times with advantage to the cause he advocates. The table given, p. 110, of the dates at which certain doctrines or observances were commenced, is manifestly incorrect, not to say absurd, in some particulars. We know that such tables have frequently before been exhibited; but we do not think to any useful end. Doubtless the distinctive doctrines of popery are comparatively modern, and may readily be proved so; but their gradual introduction forbids the chronicling of them, in most instances, by the date of a precise year.
An Epitome of the Evidence given before the select Committee of the House of Commons on Church Rates, in the Session of 1851. By J. S. Trelawny, M.P., Chairman of the Committee." London: Theobald. 1852. A very useful compendium of information on the subject.
We have also received “Morning; or, Darkness and Light;" by the rev. G. B. Scott. London: Nisbet. 1852. A little book of meditations on select passages of scripture. “Tracts for the Working Classes ; by N. M. L. Edinburgh : Paton and Ritchie. “An Address to the Working Classes on the Means of improving their Condition;" by the rev. D. Esdaile. Edinburgh: Paton and Ritchie. 1852. Containing some important suggestions. “Short Prayers for every day in the week ;” by the rev. R. Shepherd, M.A., Minister of St. Margaret's, near Ware. London: Hatchard. 1852. Scriptural and good.
Appear'd through mourning nature's gloom-
And first to view her risen Lord;
For these the Giver be adored !
WOMAN'S TRUE RIGHT.
To guide, to combat, to contend ? In different paths her graces lie,
With gentler influences blend.
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