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“ Tut and norisense,” said Mr. Ogilvie, a vexed look crossing his good
SEQUEL TO BAIJNATH'S STORY. humoured face, for if one thing vexed him it was to see tears. “ Five years will be over before you know, and if your love can't bear the test,
(See GLEANER of last month.) I can't say much for it.”
BY TIIE Rev. F. T. Cole. " It would bear any test.”
PON my arrival in the Santâl country Baijnath was made “Very well then, if that's the case you need not worry; and all the
over to me for a teacher. He has remained with me durtears in the world wouldn't alter my decision. I'm not going to let you
ing the nine years I have been in the Santâl district, and go out to the heathen before you've seen a little more of your fellow
now I have only parted from him upon my leaving India. countrymen, and take my word for it that Leith Lancaster isn't the only
During these nine years he has been with me every nice young man in England. You ought to see others before you decide. day, and nearly the whole of each day. I have made use of him con'Marry in haste,' and what's the end of the proverb? And if all goes
stantly as a preacher, and he has accompanied me in all my cold weather well in five years' time, you 'll be sailing away to those blacks you ’re so itinerations, so I can speak of him confidently as one whom I know fond of with my blessing; till then you must wait patiently. Don't you
thoroughly. think I love you enough to know what is best for you, or do you think Baijnath is rather short and boyish-looking, having no hair on his face ; your father is a dreadful old tyrant ?"
this makes him look much younger than he really is. He is dark, with “No,” said Sasie, “I would never think that ;” but as she left the rather thick lips, and has a very flat nose. He is about thirty-three room the faint smile which had risen at his words faded from her face. years old. (His portrait appeared in the GLEANER of March last.)
As a Christian he has much influence with the people, but what surElla Venning did not die. As the days passed she slowly recovered her prises us most is the boldness with which he rebukes sin, no matter who strength, though the doctors had not been mistaken in saying she would
the culprit is; be he rich or poor he has to hear Baijnath's opinion upon be a cripple for life.
the subject. He has a remarkably nice way of speaking and preaching, For life! The words had fallen upon Ella's ears like a death knell. To and is always practical in his remarks. The events of the week, the joys know that though winter would change to summer, weeks into months, or sorrows of some member of the congregation, are descanted upon in his months into years, she would still remain a cripple, and would never be sermon. He generally assists me by preaching on Sunday afternoons at like other girls again.
Dharampur, and when I am absent in the district he takes the whole of “I would rather die,” she moaned at first, when the truth was broken the services. to her; but after the first day or two a torpor seemed to creep over her, Baijnath has the good fortune to possess a truly good wife. She was and she did not mention the subject again for weeks. She would lie for brought up by Mrs. Storrs in her girls' school, and has shown by her life hours with closed eyes, unwilling to be roused.
the vast difference between an educated and an uneducated Santål woman, It was a terrible grief to Beatrice, but this sorrow brought out all her Such women have immense influence upon their husbands; and it is very good points. Her mother was surprised to see how much tenderness and pleasing to see how much respected they are by the rest of the people. thoughtfulness there was in her character. Ella indeed was her first They have three children now, one having died when a baby. When thought, and she would not, if she could help it, leave her even for an Baijnath was once out with me in the district preaching, he dreamt one hour, tbough to sit by her and see her utter indifference to even life night that God appeared to him, saying, "Give me your babe.” Not itself was sometimes almost too much for her. For hours she puzzled long after this a special messenger arrived, and told Baijnath that his over what she could do to bring a look of even the faintest interest into child was dangerously ill. He set off immediately, but did not reach his Ella's worn face, but everything she tried failed.
home in time to see his child alive. This loss produced a great effect One day a thought struck her. If there was one person in Inglesby on him; he seemed to think more of heaven, his own spiritual life whom Ella admired as well as respected it was Mrs. Lancaster, and knowing appeared to be deepened. she was good as well as beautiful, Beatrice determined to ask her to come In all the translational work in which I have been engaged, Baijnath and see her sister. It happened to be the morning following the day on has been my right hand. The Santâli idiom and diction of the four which Leith had taken his mother by surprise, and he had gone round to Gospels have been his, and I think he has in this way laid the foundations see Sasie after breakfast. Mrs. Lancaster was feeling utterly downhearted of Santali literature and fixed the lines on which the language will run in and sad, and by no means inclined to see Beatrice or any one ; but when the future. Before his time there was very little Santâli literature, and she heard the reason of her visit, she gladly promised to do what she asked. consequently its style and grammar had not been fixed. Baijnat h’s
When that afternoon she entered Ella's room, the girl did not look Santali is considered by the other missionaries to be very good; he is a pleased to see her, but by degrees her soft voice and self-forgetting sym- fluent writer, als an eloquent speaker, and has a keen sense of the pathy found their way into her heart, and Ella began to look on her with ridiculous. interest. She was well aware that Mrs. Lancaster's own life had not been I once took him to Calcutta for a treat. His eyes and mouth were all sunshine, and just now there were lines of pain on her white forehead, wide open all the time. The gas and ships struck bim as very which Ella, who was learning her first lessons in the school of suffering, wonderful. He mistook a marble monument in a church for a was quick to perceive. Beside which, there was an atmosphere sur- live figure. One day he went to the bazaar to look about. A big fat rounding her which did not fail to influence those who came near her, Babu standing at his shop door invited Baijnath to come in, and politely and Ella felt instinctively that she was good.
asked him to be seated; this he was ashamed to do, as he had not been In her old days Ella had had many a laugh over what she called tha accustomed to sit in the presence of such great men. After a great deal 'goody goody” people in Inglesby, but she never thought for a moment of pressing he did at last sit down, and the shopkeeper showed him all of including Mrs. Lancaster in this category, or of applying the words to the articles in his shop. After spending nearly an hour at this work the her. She was good, Ella felt it-felt that she recommended the religion Babu asked him how many things he was going to buy. Baijnath in she professed, and looking at her, wished she were like her.
astonishment said he did not want to buy anything, and thought that it Quite unconscious of Ella's thoughts about her, Mrs. Lancaster set was from kindness he was showing him all these things; so he got up herself studiously to interest the girl and win her affection, not that she and walked away amid a shower of abuse. Baijnath when he returned ever had much difficultyļin this way, for a few minutes’ talk was generally home gave two lectures to the schoolboys and Christians on what he had enough to make people discover that her friendship would be worth seen in Calcutta, and the humour with which he told the tale of the having. Ella became interested in her, and as she rose to leave, asked fat Babu is beyond my powers of description. her to come again, and before many visits were over Mrs. Lancaster had Baijnath has been the greatest comfort to me at times when I have won her way into the girl's heart, and it was from her lips that Ella heard been cast down; not so much by his words as by his happy, cheerful, that life, even such a life as she expected hers to be, was worth living if Christian life; he has made me feel that after all Christianity is not given to God; but in order to be able to give, she must first receive. powerless to raise and beautify the lives of such degraded creatures
as the Santâls. I have never had to rebuke him for any serious lawyers,
fault, nor do I remember
THE GOSPEL IN even a trivial one; certain
CALCUTTA. it is I have never had any
DEEPLY interesting occasion to complain of his
Report on the evanlaziness. He studios by
gelistic work carried himself in his spare hours,
on by the C.M.S. agents in and during the three years
Calcutta has been received
from the Rev. Dr. C. Bau. that the agents and cate
mann. It is work among chists have had their half
all classes of society. Many yearly Scripture examina
educated inquirers have aptions he has always come
peared, Native out first, and this is the
learned pundits, and rich result of private study.
landholders, several of whom
are stated to be “not far I must mention a dream
from the Kingdom of God." which Baijnath described to
There is “chapel, street, and me. “About two months
river-side preaching ; visitago,” he said, “I dreamed
ing respectable Natives at
their houses; work among one night that I saw a road
the Mohammedans, Kols, leadiog to heaven with a
Santâls, Chamars, and Oorigentle slope; presently a
yas, instruction of domestics; man came down from heaven
hospital ministrations, visitalong that road clothed in
ing the Lepers' Asylum." bright raiment. He stopped
The Native evangelists are in front of me and said,
zealous and self-denying.
One Bible colporteur gave * Shout to all the passers-by
up using umbrella and shoes, that the kingdom of heaven
and put the money saved into is at hand, change your
the missionary fund. Our minds.' I said, 'I cannot;
readers will remember a I am afraid they won't be
touching account of the
death of a Christian Brahlieve me if I do.' The
min in a Calcutta hospital, shining person again said,
in the GLEANER of February 'Shout, and take this sword,
last. His meekness in sulwave it over your head and
fering and joyful death-bed
so touched the heart of run up the hill.' So I took
another patient in the hosthe sword and did as he
pital, that the latter, a young told me. To my surprise
Hindu, has since embraced I found the men rushing
the Gospel. His heathen madly after me, and we
name, Jagadbandhu (the went up the road in crowds.
world's friend), was changed I was in ecstasy. The road
at his baptism to Christa
bandhu (Christ's friend). was of & peculiar colour,
Three other converts have yellowish red in appearance,
also been gathered from that and ran from east to west. CHRIST CHURCH, LAGOS, BUILT BY THE LATE REV, J. A. LAMB.
hospital. It was not exactly straight, but up and down, as over hill and dale." About a month after this dream
A YOUNG WORKER. Baijnath and I were walking home irom preaching one day when I said to
UST about two years ago a bright young life, full of him, “Baijnath, suppose you were asked to go over the Ganges to look up the scattered Christians and to preach to the heathen there.” He said,
sunshine and blessing for those around, was sud"Sabib, I will go anywhere I am sent except there.” (I ought to say that it
denly cut off, seemingly in its prime. is a very jungly and thinly populated place, and that cholera rages violently
It is pleasant to gaze upon a broad river, flowing there at times.) I said, “ If God sent you would you not go ? Perhaps if
majestically and irresistibly onward to the sea. you did not you would be acting like Jonah.” After a time he said, “ Yes,
And scarcely less pleasure is there in tracing the course of one I would go, but my wife would not consent ; we were talking about it
of the tiny brooks that has helped to feed it, bringing day by together some time ago when teachers were wanted for that place.” We
day its little supply of fresh running water to swell the volume said no more at that time, but Baijnath told me afterwards that he had
and the power of the great whole. Such a river, fed by thouagain spoken to his wife, and that at first she had steadily refused to go,
sands and thousands of hidden brooks and fountains, is the saying, “ You may go if you like, but I won't go with you, neither shall
Church Missionary Society, and such a tiny, but busily flowing you take the children.” We had a long talk about it, and at last she
stream was the life and work of Edith Bellingham Cheales, of gave in, saying, “ If God sends us we will go. We have to die, and to pass
Brockham, in Surrey, called home to be with the Lord on through troubles, and we had better bear them in the path of duty.”
October 9th, 1881, at the age of twenty-two. Not long after that we had a conference, and Baijnath was proposed for
Nurtured amidst the happy home influences of a country ordination with another young man of the same class and age. I men- vicarage, her life was a quiet and uneventful one, and, like many tioned this to him afterwards, and then he told me of his dream and such lives, given to steady, unostentatious, earnest work. conversation he had with his wife. He knew nothing about it before. Sunday-school teaching, district visiting, and the many daily hand, so the idea of being ordained had never entered his mind. He calls of parish work, were not suffered to exhaust her energies, is now to undergo a two years' course of training, and I trust he will and she set a happy example of the way in which home and indeed wave high above his head the sword of the Spirit, which is the foreign claims may, and should be, alike remembered. From Word of God, and that thousands may follow him up the hill of Zion with her early years she was a missionary collector. But she was everlasting joy on their heads. Pray for him that he may be kept humble. not satisfied without working with her own hands, and one of
IN MEMORIAM: JAMES ABNER LAMB.
Died at Lagos, July 1st, 1883. HOU would'st obey thy blessed Lord,
Would'st bear His sword and shield,
On Afrio's distant field;
A shining beacon-fire, --
He whispered, “Come up higher."
Thine all to serve thy Lord,
Should be proclaimed abroad.
Thou traversed’st the deep,
They laid thee down to sleep.
Extinguisbed in the tomb,
But for untimely doom?
His honoured servant's head,
To cheer the path we tread.
Amid the realms of night,
Her Lord, her life, her ligbt.
The beams of morn increase ;
He bids thee sleep in peace.
Amid the weary fight,
THE LATE REV. J. A. LAMB.
pages a portrait of our much-lamented
brother, the Rev. James A. Lamb; and though we cannot pretend that it does him justice, it will serve to recall his features to those who knew and loved him, both in England and in Africa. In the GLEANER of September we briefly noted the facts of his career, and they need not be repeated. But the remarkable outburst of feeling at Lagos when it pleased God to remove him was a significant evidence of the affection and respect with which he was regarded there, and also of the reality of our work on the coast. Think of Lagos as it was twenty-five years ago, a notorious slave mart, governed by a heathen usurper; and think of Lagos as it appeared four months ago at Mr. Lamb's funeral —an immense concourse of Native Christians, the representatives of several congregations, weeping at a missionary's grave, with the British Governor of their prosperous colony at their head. These Christians are not perfect-far from it; but we need a scene like that to bring home to us the wonderful change that by God's blessing has taken place.
We give also a picture (kindly lent by the publishers of Payne's Lagos Almanack) of the Society's principal church at Lagos, which was built by the personal efforts of Mr. Lamb bimself.
Upheld the honour of His name,
Proclaimed His grace and might;
Thy life, thy all laid down,-
M. B. W.
her “ gala days' was the C.M.S. annual fancy sale held at Affectionate, dutiful, humble, unselfish, her religion shone out Brockham. On one of these occasions she remarked to her in her daily walk. • What a beautiful example," writes a young mother, “ We must do more than ever next year, or the friend, “her life will be to us all!” And another, “Her life people (naming a rich parish in the neighbourhood) will beat was truly lovely. She was indeed in the world, but not of the
Together with her sister she had commenced painting on world, and she is now reaping her reward." china, and, although they had no instruction in the art, the sale And her life and her love rested on this foundation, the perfect, of their combined work produced in four years the sum of finished atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was (as she £59 16s.
writes) And whence came this steady, persevering labour ? Its
“ The story of God's love, moving spring was simple, fervent love to her Lord and Saviour.
Of Jesus coming from His home on high
To take the singer's place; for mau to die,” “If Jesus is to us the chiefest among ten thousand, and altogether lovely,'' she writes, “if we can say, “My Beloved is that had won her heart, inspired her work, and filled her with mine, and I am His,' then surely our first thought is to make such solid peace, that she could thus express herself, while yet Him known to others.” And this was so truly her heart's apparently in the bloom of health, “It does not matter what desire that she was eager to seize opportunities for carrying it becomes of us here, so that we are safe in Jesus.” She had out. The last evangelistic meeting she ever attended was one had her difficulties and doubts as to whether she were really planned specially by herself, before the regular time for the first right in the sight of God, and she never rested until she had of the autumn meetings had arrived. In her class and in her found “perfect peace and complete assurance of pardon through district she spoke of the Saviour whom she knew and loved. the blood of Jesus." One of the boys of her class wrote, on hearing of her death, to And so, when the summons came to leave her happy home, his mother, expressing the earnest wish that he “might always her beloved work, her family and friends, she was ready. Her remember things she had told them at school, of the love of illness lasted but a month, and she was quite unaware how it Jesus.” Another said : “Mother, I shall keep my Bible Miss would end, until two days before her death. The thought of Edith gave me as long as I live." One who had been a servant the “dark valley" caused her a momentary disquietude, though in her home wrote: “I know how dear Miss Edith would like she said, “I am not the least afraid of the other side”; but it that verse she quoted (Cant. vi. 2, 3) inscribed on her tomb, was quickly removed. Calmly she expressed her last wishes
. because of her love for the Song of Solomon. . . . She has told and bade farewell to those she loved. And then she breathed me how she liked it; in fact, she was enraptured with it." Yet out her soul in perfect peace, like a weary child falling asleep in she was keenly alive to her own deficiencies in testifying for her its Father's arms. The cause for which she had so long laboured Lord. “I feel,” she said, “I have been so wicked, not like had not been forgotten during those last hours.
• My money the woman of Samaria, who went about and told every one in the Bank give to the Church Missionary Society," was one of directly what Jesus had done for her,” adding : “ You know I her last directions.
S. G. S. can't talk as and
[The above particulars are taken from a brief biographical sketch lately But it was not her lips only; it was her life that spoke. printed for private circulation, and are published here by permi:sion.]
Central Africa, by the death of Mrs. Cole. The China Mission has also
suffered a loss by the death of Mr. J. W. Strickson, Assistant Master in OWING to the illness of the Rev. A: W. Poole, his consecration to the
the C.M.S. School at Shanghai. At home we have lost the Very Rev. J. English Bishopric in Japan could not take place on September 29th
Mee, formerly Dean of Grabamstown, who was Secretary of the Society as announced. The ceremony was performed, however, on October 18th,
from 1866 to 1869; and the Rev. A. Matchett, Rector of Trimingham, St. Luke's Day, at Lambeth Palace Chapel, by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The sermon was preached by the Rev. E. H. Bickersteth.
formerly missionary in Sindh. The early date of our going to press prevents our giving further The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Lord Derby) having requested particulars in this number. It is a matter for much thankfulness that the C.M.S. Committee to nominate a clergyman to be appointed to the Mr. Poole's health, which had suffered under the heavy mental and Government chaplaincy at Sierra Leone, the Rev. E. P. Sparks, Curate of physical strain of the last three or four months, has enabled him to be Boston, was selected, and he has accepted the post thus offered to bim by consecrated after so short a delay. The medical opinion is decidedly Lord Derby. A Principal for Fourah Bay College is still urgently needed. favourable as to the prospects of his health in Japan.
THE Travancore Provincial Native Church Council held its annual The Valedictory Dismissal on October 1st was held in the spacious meeting at Pallam on May 9–11, under the presidency of Bishop Vestry Hall at Kensington, which was crowded, numbers of friends barely getting standing room. Sir W. Hill presided ; the Hon. Clerical Speechly. The opening sermon was preached by the Rev. Koshi Koshi
from 1 Cor. xii. 22: “Much more those members of the body which seem Secretary delivered the Instructions of the Committee; the Rev, E. H.
to be more feeble are necessary.” Reports were presented by the various Bickersteth gave the address to the missionaries; and the Hop, and Rev.
Native pastors, particularly of the work aided by the William Charles E. Carr Glyn, Vicar of Kensington, offered the special intercessory prayer
Jones Fund and the Henry Venn Fund. on their behalf.
The missionaries taken leave of on this occasion may be grouped The late Rev. J. A. Lamb, being invited to preach the Annual Sermon under three heads :-(1) Those returning to the fields in which they had
of the Native Pastorate Auxiliary Association at Lagos, wrote his sermon, previously laboured, viz., the Rev. J. B. Wood, to Lagos; the Rev. J. but was on his dying bed when it should have been preached. It is W. and Mrs. Handford to Frere Town; HIr. C. Stokes, with Mrs. Stokes, printed in the C.M. Intelligencer, and gives most striking testimony to to the Nyanza Mission; the Rev. F. T. and Mrs. Cole, to the Santal the blessing vouchsafed to missionary work in Lagos. Mr. Lamb writes :Mission; the Rev. F. A. P. and Mrs. Shirreff, to the Lahore Divinity When I arrived here in January, 1862, the work was, as it were, in a nutshell, School; the Rev. M. G. Goldsmith, to the Mohammedan Mission,
Faji was the mother church. Breadfuit was what we might call a chapel-of
ease in connection with it. Ebute Ero was in charge of its present pastor, then Madras; the Rev. W. J. and Mrs. Richards, to Travancore; the Rev. D.
a deacon. There was only one day-school, which was at Faji, and the whole of and Mrs. Wood, to Ceylon; and the Rev. J. D. and Mrs. Valentine to the Church's staff consisted of one European missionary, two Native deacons, Shaouhing, Mid China. (2) Those returning to missionary work, but to
two Native Scripture-readers, and two Native schoolmasters. Badagry, supplied
with a catechist and schoolmaster, was the only out-station. This was the different fields, viz., the Rev. C. T. Wilson, with Mrs. Wilson, to
"little one." Now, as we see, it has become “ a thousand." There are seven Jerusalem ; the Rev. T. R. Hodgson, to Baghdad; the Rev. G. Litchfield, churches on Lagos Island supplied with regular means of grace. There are with Mrs. Litchfield, to the Bheel Mission; the Rev. A. R. and Mrs.
seven Native clergy working on the island, three of them being in charge of
churches under the Native Pastorate Establishment. There are at least six Cavalier, to Tinnevelly. (3) Those going out for the first time, viz., the
day-schools supplied with eleven masters, and over 1,000 children are taught in Rev. T. Harding, to Lagos; the Rev. G. E. A. and Mrs. Pargiter, to the schools. Ebute Meta and Badagry are each supplied with a Native clergyAgra ; the Rev. T. Holden, to the Punjab; the Rev. A. W. Cotton, to
A church has been erected on, and an agent supplied for, Iddo Island,
and missionary work has been begun at Oudo with an ordained Native Sindh; the Rev. E. W. Elliott, to the Noble High School, Masuli;atam;
missionary in charge, and at Leke and other places. tbe Rev. J. B. Panes, to the Telugu Mission; the Rev. M. N. S. Atkinson, to the Koi Mission; the Rev. J. II. and Mrs. Horsburgh, to The Frances Ridley Havergal Fund now maintains seven Native BibleMid China ; and Dr. E. G. Horder, to Hainan, South China.
women in India, viz., one near Calcutta, one at Lucknow, one at Amritsar,
one at Jhandiala (uuder Miss Clay), one at Bombay, one at Jabalpur, and One interesting feature of the Dismissal was the presence of no less
one at Masulipatam. Of “ Jane,” at Jabalpur, the Rev. T. R. Hodgson than seven Nyanza missionaries. It was especially encouraging to see
writes that “she has carried the message of God's love to many a toiling Mr. Wilson and Mr. Litchfield, forbidden to face again the climate and
and weary, maybe hopeless sister, in many a dark home.” The Fund has privations of Central Africa, buckling on their armour once more for new
also made grants for the translation of one or more of F. R. Havergal's campaigns. The former is to engage in the important work of training
books into the Hindustani, Bengali, Telugu, and Malayalam languages. Native agents for the Palestine Mission; the latter, to join the Rev. C. S. Thompson in the new Mission to the aboriginal Bheels in Rajputana,
One of the most useful of auxiliary missionary societies is the Christian Central India-the Mission started at the expense of the Rev. E. H.
Vernacular Education Society for India. Founded just twenty-five years Bickersteth. Then, besides Mr. Stokes (who has since sailed for Zanzibar), there were present Dr. E. J. Baxter, Mr. A. J. Copplestone, missionary societies and interfered with neither. During that time, three
ago, after the great Mutiny, it justly claims that it has helped all the tbe Rev. J. Hannington, and the Rev. W.J. Edmonds. The two former
Training Colleges bave been founded; 750 Native teachers have been will be returning to their posts shortly, and if the two latter are permitted
trained in them; and about 100,000 pupils have been under instruction. also to work again in the mission field, none will rejoice more than tbem
Ten millions of publications, in eighteen languages, have been issued. The selves.
Society has just issued a tiny book about its work, called The Star in the To make the foregoing list of men complete, we should add that the
Eust, which we hope will come into the bands of many of our readers. following had previously sailed, and had received their instructions at ordinary meetings of the Commitee :- belonging to the first group, the THE C.M.S. Lay Workers' Union for London held its first annual Rev. J. and Mrs. Hines, returning to Saskatchewan; the Rev. R. T. and meeing at the C. M. House on October 15th. The report showed tbat Mrs. Dowbiggio, to Ceylon; and the Rev. J. P. and Mrs. Ellwood, to 152 members had already been enrolled, most of whom are actively at work North India; in the second group, the Rev. J. Hamilton, for the Niger, in behalf of the Society in their respective districts, chiefly in organising and Dr. E. A. Praeger (formerly of East Africa), with Mrs. Praeger, for Juvenile and Sunday-school Associations, giving missionary addresses to the North Pacific Mission; in the third group, Dr. Percy Brown, for the children, &c. A pleasant evening was spent, in the course of which a Niger; the Rev. J. W. Tims, for Saskatchewan; and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. service of song was given, consisting of selections from Mendelssohn's McCullagh, for the North Pacific. With these last should also be St. Paul, with missionary readings by the Rev. Gordon Calthrop. reckoned the Rev. C. Blackburn, for Mauritius.
RECEIVED :-"Thanksgiving, D.g. 0. a.," £10; from "A small birch basket," On another page we have mentioned the fresh bereavement which, in
" towards the spread of the Gospel in heathen lands," £1 18.; “Please use this the mysterious providence of God, has fallen upon our Missions in East for the Lord's work abroad," 2s.; L. D., 58.
CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
F. Q. 7th .... 11.46 a.m.
L. Q. 21st 8.8 a.m.
THE UNCHANGEABLENESS OF GOD.
M. Is. l. 1 Pet. 4. 7. E. Is. 2, or 4. 2. John 12. 20.
M. Is. 30. 1—27. Rev. 11. E. Is. 32, or 33. 2-23. Rev. 17.
W. IS. 9. 1-9. Lu.2.1-15. E. Is. 7. 10-17. Tit 3. 4-9.
such sweet music cannot fall "as vinegar upon nitre,” even on the ear of Sorrow and Bereavement. Its soothing power is soft
as the tones of an Æolian harp, and its wondrous melodies December
exactly adapt themselves to tbe various moods of unsatisfied
Humanity. Tears jar not with its heavenly harmony, and the 1 s I am the Lord, I change not, Mal. 3. 6.
ripples of happy laughter make no discord among its vibrations. [fulfilled unto us their children, Acts 13. 32, 33, How different things seem when viewed from the experience 2 S Advent Sun. The promise made unto the fathers God hath
of a closing year, instead of from the oft-times futile anticipations 3 M Hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good ? Num. 23. 19. which mark its beginning. Let us pause, and turn, and look 4 T The Strength of Israel will not lie nor repeni, 1 Sam. 15. 29. back. How many who started with us are lying at rest; how 5 W He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? Job 23, 13. 6 T Imad-ud-din ord., 1868. He cannot deny Himself, 2 Ti, 2. 13.
many are scattered, to meet only yonder ; how many, then in 7 F With whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, health and hope, are now on beds of sickness, or passing through 8 8 Great is Thy faithfulness, Lam. 3. 23.
[Ja. 1. 17. times of anxious care. Inasmuch as we are still here, the Lord
[word is settled in heaven, Ps. 119. 89. 9 S 2nd in Advent. Bp. Stuart consec., 1877. For ever, O Lord, Thy
must still have need of us, to carry on His work in this world. M. Is. 5. 1 John 2.15. E. Is. 11.1-11, or 24. John 17. 10 M S. Crother bapl., 1825. My covenant shall stand fast with him,
Let us stir each other up; let us “provoke ” one another to 11 T The immutability of His counsel, Heb. 6. 17. (Ps. 89. 28.
love and to good works; let us mutually cheer each other, and 12 W Confirmed it by an oath-two immutable things, Heb. 6. 18. help, and strengthen. Ah, strengthen. That is the practical 13 T Supposed day Smith g O'Neill d., 1877. My counsel shall stand, 14 F I have purposed it, I will also do it, Is. 46. 11. (Is. 46. 10.
word for the erring and the weak. How are we to “renew" 15 S Bps. Russell, Horden, and Royston consec., 1872. The gifts and our strength ? Simply by waiting on the Lord. It is good that
(calling of God are without repentance, Ro. 11. 29. a man should both hope and “ quietly wait.” Dear precious 16 S 3rd in Advent. Ember Wk. This Man... hath an unchangeable . Is. 25. Jude. E. Is. 26, or 28. 5–19. Jo 21. [priesthood, Heb.7.24.
words; full of patience, meekness, the deep repose of trustful 17 M I will make an everlasting covenant with you, Is. 55. 3.
activity. And for those who are enabled thus to wait there is a 18 T Townsend vis. Abeokuta, 1843. Who shall disannul it? Is. 14. 27. lovely promise, meeting their need at each successive stage of 19 W Every purpose of the Lord shall be performed, Jer. 51. 29. 20 T He is faithful that promised, Heb. 10. 23.
[2. 13. 21 F St. Thomas. If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful, 2 Tim. We can never be too young, too old nor too busy, to join the 22 S 1st Miss, landed N. Z., 1814. His hand is stretched out: who shall turn it back? Is. 14. 27.]
[Ez. 24. 14.
goodly company who feel that they must work for the Master 23 S 4th in Advent. I the Lord have spoken it, I will not go back,
while it is called To-day. But, as work is exhausting, so workers 24 M I AM THAT I AM, Ex. 3. 14.
need renewed strength. To buoyant Youth, all impatience to
[for ever, Heb. 13. 8. 25 T Christmas Day. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and
set forth, and seeing no difficulties, in its sublime enthusiasm, 26 W St. Stephen. In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie
the promise rings down, with hearty responsive sympathy, promised, Tit. 1. 2.]
[faithful, Rev, 21. 5.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Onward and up27 T St. John. He said unto me, Write, for these words are true and ward then, ye, on whose bright heads is the fresh dew of the 28 F Innocents' Day. Can a woman forget her sucking child ? Is.49.15.
morning; in joy and sorrow, in prosperity and adversity, wait 29 S Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, Is. 49. 15. [and in Him Amen, 2 Co. 1. 20.
on the Lord. “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen 30 S Sun, ast. Christmas. All the promises of God in Him are yea, thine heart : wait, I say, on the Lord.” 31 | M I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world, Mat.28. 20. Too soon Youth is fled, and the soaring is over. Life's dis
cipline has done its work, and we are tied and bound by the chain
of circumstances. Gray hairs are here and there upon us, and MORE JERSEY BREEZES.
we like to remember that they are “Death's blossoms.” But
while the outward man decayeth, our hearts are leal and true, XI.-Our Pilgrimage.
and our life-purpose tried and purified ; to us, then, belongs the “ They tbat wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
next sure promise. Strong in the Lord, and in the power of His They shall mount up with wings as eagles ;
might, it is we who shall “run and not be weary.” We can 2. They shall run, and not be weary;
thankfully feed on this for many days. 3. They shall walk, and not faiut.”—Isa. xl. 31.
At length, with stealthy step, oid Age steals over us. The AVE we already reached the farewell month of what soaring and the running are both long past, and yet we cannot was so recently the glad New Year
It is even so.
let all our loved duties pass into younger hands, while we try to Swiftly, silently, have we glided through the times learn that our strength is now to "sit still." Nor need we. and the seasons. Sunset and sunrise, light and for the aged, there is a special place in the Lord's vineyard; it
a shadow, have pervaded, by turns, both our inner is full of peace and pleasantness. Good words spoken amid its and our outer world ; and if we have sighed, now and again, green shadows do not fall to the ground, and balmy breezes over Earth’s continual change, we have also often felt refreshed linger lovingly about its rich ripe clusters. The time of the
, by Life's ceaseless variety. For Earnestness knows nought of singing of birds is come. It is the glad festival of the InMonotony. To us, each day is a new day. Forgetting those gathering. No room there for the blank forebodings of waving things which are behind, we seek the way to Zion, with our strength. The voice of the charmer has peculiar comfort for eager faces thitherward, beguiling tho journey with Songs of that restful period of the pilgrimage, which is so leavened with Deliverance. Have we not cause to be joyful ? Our own God prayerful influence.
age I am He; and even has proved to us all He promised to be, when we laid our trembling to hoar bairs will I carry you. I will strengthen thee, weary one, hand within His, amid the mists of the dawning year. Not one yea, I will help thee; and for thee is the promise : Thou shalt thing hath failed of all the good things wherewith He delights to walk, and not faint." Let us cherish these beautiful words, bless His trusting ones, and as our hearts burn within us, while according to our need. And in Youth, Maturity, and Age may we think over His goodness and our shortcomings, we sing with the Lord bless us, and be gracious unto us, and give us peace. cheerful voice the grand old song : “ Thou art my God and I For Josus' sake. Amen. will praise Thce; Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee." And
A. M. V.
M. Is. 35. Rev. 20. E. Is. 38 or 40. Rev. 21.1-15.
Even to your