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ILLUSTRATIVE TEACHINGS. THE LAW OF MY MOTHER.-"Here is The errand done, George found himthe parcel, George ; take it to Mrs. Gray self among the schoolboys, and in the before school, and ask her to have the ordinary interests of his studies and his mending all done for me this week.” sports he quite forgot the ill-temper that “ Yes, mother. I'll tie it on my new had clouded his morning sky, and the sled, and harness Dash to draw it; just impatient rebellious feelings he had let me find some stronger cords for permitted to work unrestrained in his reins.” “No, my son, you cannot take breast. But his mother remembered it Dash this morning. There is only time all sorrowfully. School closed early enough for you to do the errand, and that fine afternoon, and groups of merry reach school in season. Dash would boys started for a run. George hastened want a frolic if he were to go-wouldn't home in high spiritis, and bounded into you, good fellow?" said George's the parlour, almost out of breath, askmother, turning to pat a noble New- ing eagerly, “May I go too, mother, and foundland that stood by her side, listen- Dash ?” His mother put her arm around ing so knowingly to every word that was him, and drew him tenderly to her side, said. “O mother,” pleaded the little kissing the glowing chees which the boy,“ do let me take him. There's keen air had tinted so richly. “Yes, plenty of time, and I won't play with my dear boy, I am especially happy to him to make me late." “No, dear; give you my full consent to enjoy this you had better leave Dash at home this pleasure, and to take Dash too." time,” was the mother's gentle and firm Something, George could not tell reply. But George put on a very sour what, caused him suddenly to remember face, and jerked the parcel out of her the incident of the morning, and a pang hand, refusing her kind offer to adjust of self-reproach accompanied the thought. his school books, and replying to her But he was eager for his play, and stop gentle “Good morning, dear," with only ping only to return his mother's kiss he
morning " that was but little went in search of Dash. At tea that better than no reply at all. “It's too evening, and for an hour afterwards, bad,” he muttered to himself as soon as George's father and mother were enhe was out of hearing, “ Dash might go gaged with company; so he and his just as well as not; but mother is always cousin William stayed by themselves in so afraid of something or other. I know the library, quietly playing. George I shouldn't be late, and it's real mean he was tired after his afternoon's sport, can't go.” So the little boy trudged and had taken off his boots, wet and along, fretting and scolding, and making heavy with the snow water to which his walk anything but agreeable. “I he had carelessly exposed himself, and wish I didn't have to mind,” he con- now he sat in his wet socks, not because tinued ;“men don't have to; it's too bad he knew no better, nor even because he that little boys must. I shall be glad “ didn't think,” but simply because he when I'm a man, big as papa—then I did not like taking so much trouble as can do just as I please always ;” and to rub his feet and change his socks, and from this soothing soliloquy George put on his slippers. And so he was went on to consider the great privileges willing to disregard his duty, and the that manhood would bring him, when, oft-repeated injunctions of his mother, as he imagined, restraints would be by thus exposing his health. Presently removed, and he might do precisely as his father had occasion to pass through he pleased. " That's what I shall like the room, and asked with sarprise, -won't I have grand times then ?' “Are you sitting all this time without and the anticipation really quickened his your slippers ? and your feet wet, too? step, and brightened his face as he How is this, George ?”
"O father, hurried along on his way.
I'm not cold, and my feet are 'most dry
authority in the daily duties of life, and his obedience to those teachings formed long ago many habits that are now too strong to be broken. Her precepts and her example still influence his life; they will never cease to do so; and, as you have heard him say to-night, he could not violate any obligation that she had taught him without feeling that he was sinning against his mother as well as against God !”—The Mother's Friend.
now." “Why, my son, how can you be so careless ? I could not do such a thing without feeling that I was sinning against the injunctions of my mother, who taught me it is wrong so to expose my health. Go immediately, and attend to yourself.” The words were emphatic, and seriously uttered. My father still minding his mother !” thought George ; "why he's a man grown, and old enough to have
grey hairs—and his mother died years and years ago, when father wasn't much older than I am. Father loved her a good deal, I suppose;" and then he hunted the closet for a missing slipper.
Sinning against the injunctions of my mother.” Again the words returned to George's mind as he laid his head on the pillows for the night; and again his thoughts went back to the morning, when he had so rebelled against his mother's directions, and suffered so many wrong feelings and wishes to possess his mind.
“I thought men didn't have to mind their mothers, and could always do as they like ; but father minds his mother now, though he's a man, and she has been dead a very long time. That's strange! I never thought it could be so: my father's a good man, and grandma must have been good too."
“And isn't my mother good, and wise, and kind ?” asked conscience. “Wasn't she right and I wrong this morning when I felt so cross and disobedient ? " Just then he heard a step in the hall. It was his mother come to give her good-night kiss. She observed the serious, troubled look upon George's face, and before she could speak the sobs broke forth.
“ Mother, I'm
sorry I was so naughty this morning; I will try to mind you better: father always minded his mother, and he minds her still ;” and then George told her what his father had said and all he had thought about it afterwards. Yes, my child,” said his mother, in low earnest tones," your father was an obedient and that is what has fitted him to be now a wise and faithful parent. I have many times heard him say that the remembrance of his mother's teaching comes up to him with undiminished
THE CHIEF OF SINNERS.-One day, when Joseph Milner, the Church historian, was preaching at Ferriby, near Hull, there was present in the dience a man, about fifty years of age, who had led a life of great and open wickedness. The sermon was from the text, “ The hour is coming when all that are in their graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth ; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation.” The conscience of the profligate man was awakened. His life had been spent in doing evil, and at the prospect of coming judgment he trembled. Of a Saviour he never thought, for he felt that sins like his could never be forgiven, and he could only wish that the race had been extinguished in Noah's flood, so that he himself had never been. Weeks passed in misery. He tried to repent; he tried to soften that hard heart of his, but all in vain ; it lay “ like a ball of iron” within him. At last he called on the preacher, and, as well as he could, described his feelings.
Mr. Milner listened, and then replied, “ We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us. In Christ's stead we pray you to be reconciled to God.” He then added, "I now stand in Paul's place, and beg you to believe this invitation. I beg you to accept the pardon of all your sins, which Christ has purchased for you, and which God freely bestows on you for His sake.”
The wretched man stared : “ Dear sir, how can I believe that God should in
vite a sinful wretch like me to be reconciled to Him?" and although Mr. Milner pointed out the passage, and explained how God's ways are not as our ways, his listener was by no means satisfied. He thought Mr. Milner's copy of the Bible could hardly be correct; but when he went home, and read in his own Testament the self-same words, he sank into a sort of swoon of blissful wonder. Here, on the one side, was a helldeserving wretch, a horrible transgressor; there, on the other, was the God of grace opening heaven's door and inviting him to enter. That night was spent in singing the praises of the Saviour who had purchased his pardon; and the holy, humble walk of his few remaining years was an illustration of the truth, " There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.”
found in every field, there are but few who care to examine a creature so common, or who experience any feelings save those of contempt or disgust, when they see a mole making its way over the ground in search of a soft spot in which to burrow, or pass by the place where the mole-catcher has strung up his victims on the trees as Louis XI. was accustomed to suspend the bodies of those who had committed the crime of trespassing on the royal domains. For my own part, I am but too glad that such wonderful beings are
common, and am thankful for so many opportunities of studying the works of Him who has made the lowly mole as carefully as the lordly man.- Rev. J. G. Wood.
HIGH-MINDED MEN.- As the hawk is then lost when, trusting to her wings, she riseth and mounteth too high : even so do vain and proud men then fall from God when, with their own wit, reason, and wisdom only, and alone, they will understand the deep mysteries of God; as though the counsels and wisdom of God's eternal majesty might and could be comprehended with the reason and wit of man.
A POOR CHILD OF GOD COMFORTED WITH THE HOPES OF HEAVEN.-It was a comfortable speech which the emperor used to Galba in his childhood and minority, when he took him by the chin, and said, “Thou, Galba, shalt one day sit upon a throne.”
Thus it cheereth the saints of God, how little, how mean soever in the eyes of the world, that they shall one day reign with Christ, and be installed with Him, and receive, as it were, a seat in the choir and a voice in the chapter of that blessed temple which is above, whilst the whole world shall cry with those, The Lord and His Christ hath got the victory, the Lord and His saints do reign for evermore.”
THE MOLE.-Had the mole been a rare and costly inhabitant of the tropics, how deep would have been the interest which it excited. How the scientific world would have crowded to see the marvellous structure of a skeleton wherein are several accessory bones, and which exhibits peculiarities hitherto found only in fossil remains. How great would have been the admiration evoked by its soft, velvet-like fur, its tiny eyes deeply hidden in the fur, so as to be sheltered from the earth through which the animal is continually making its way, the strange mixture of strength and softness in the palms of its fore feet, and the elastic springiness of its nose. But, because it is a native of our own country and to be
FAIR SEPULCHRES AND DEAD CORPSES. -As those that build fair sepulchres for their dead corpses, whereas it should be a warning to them that they must die, and thereupon cause them to reject all ambition, pride, and vanity, yet thereof they take occasion to vaunt and boast : so likewise, whereas our garments should be a continual memory of sin, to humble us, yet we, as if we should even spite God, do procure sumptuous and gorgeous apparel, to testify our ambition and pride.
The past history of Sunday schools has been one of almost unprecedented success, Begun and carried on under the auspices of a devoted band of Christian labourers, and based upon the highest, truest, and most philanthropic principles, these noble institutions have wrought a material change in the spiritual condition of those for whom they are specially intended, and at the present day form one of the most useful departments of the mission field. Numerous are the instances which might be adduced, illustrative of the beneficial results of Sabbath teaching. But, although for these results the supporters of the Sundayschool system cannot but express fervent gratitude to the Giver of all good, yet elation must not lead to inactivity. Much yet remains to be accomplished, many defects call for remedy. The evil influences which labourers in every department of the Lord's vineyard have ever had to contend with are still at work ; and it is necessary that the teacher, if he would not have his efforts counteracted, should zealously continue his "work of patience and labour of love.” For, notwithstanding the thousands of children already under the influence of Christian teaching, there is yet a vast number of these young immortals who have not been introduced within the walls of
a Sunday-school; and, on the other hand, many of those who have been so introduced have from various causes, as is now too well known, seceded from the circle of such good counsels ; while the terrible fact remains, that the disproportion between the attendance in our day and Sabbath schools is truly enor
A thoughtful consideration, therefore, of the question, What are the real moving principles by which we hope to attain success in this extensive sphere of Christian effort ? is specially needed at the present time, and is of the first importance as helping to a solution of the difficult problem now before those who seek to “feed the flock of God."
Success, in the first place, depends materially on the estimate the teacher forms of his work. If this be a low one, he cannot expect any satisfaction from his labour. The duties pertaining to his office are so numerous and important, its responsibilities so great, that it is of no little moment that he should address himself seriously to their consideration. The teacher's object should ever be the salvation of those committed to his care ; and to rest satisfied with anything short of this would be to abdicate the most important functions of his office.
Again : success depends, in a high degree, upon the character of the
" So run,"
means employed, and the manner in the imperfection of his vision, and which they are used. The truly especially so when the acknowledgpractical advice given by the apostle ment of the primary cause would be to the Corinthian converts, “ So run,
distasteful to him. that ye may obtain,” is that which Hence the necessity for the duty the teacher may accept as addressed of prayer. This is one great secret immediately to himself.
of success, an indispensable re--consider well yourself, and ex- quisite to every Christian enterprise: amine minutely the work you have for nothing can be accomplished in hand; “so run,”—always re- without its aid. If the lives of member whose servant you are,
those Christian labourers who have under whose banner you are enlisted, had their wishes gratified in the and the dignity of the position you conversion of numbers under their occupy in your Master's vineyard ; especial care be carefully examined,
so run,”—ever labour with a single it will be found that they have been eye to the glory of Him whose men and women of faith and prayer. servant you esteem yourself to be, The influences which the teacher is leaving the results with God.
capable of exerting, for good or for Probably nothing contributes more evil, on those committed to his care to the want of success
render it absolutely necessary that complained of than a merely self- he diligently examine himself; and reliant spirit. The more this spirit in no other way can the various prois cherished, the farther will the cesses of self-examination be effectteacher be from the realization of ually carried on than by unremitting his object. He who would labour attention to the duty of prayer. The successfully in the Master's service teacher should endeavour to act up must place implicit confidence in to his profession, to realize in his that Master's power and guidance ; own heart and mind, and carry out for of himself he can do nothing. in his life and conduct, those blessed He must cultivate a like humility to
truths he would teach to others. It that which shone with such inde- is only through Divine grace that this scribable splendour in the lowly can be done, and only by prayer can Jesus. Christ
every respect, such grace be obtained. a model teacher ; and the more we Mere occasional effort, however, strive to assimilate our life and on the part of the teacher will not character, as Christians and suffice. His zeal must be steady teachers, to His glorious example, and enduring in its character. Perthe greater will be our success in severe : the boy or girl who now sits spreading the knowledge of the from sabbath to sabbath in apparent Gospel He came to proclaim. attention, yet maintaining a stolid
To demonstrate the folly of indifference to your teaching, may cherishing a spirit of self-reliance, hereafter remember the greatness of the thoughtful mind need only be the truths which
have en directed to look at two great truths deavoured to instil into his or her which lie at the basis of the Chris- mind. Persevere: and who knows tian faith--the weakness of human but the little one, now the object of nature, and man's dependence on anxiety and care, may grow up in God for all things. Man is too virtue's path, to adorn the doctrine apt to trace certain circumstances or of our Saviour ? Persevere : and events to secondary causes, through those obstacles which now appear